The Presidency: Across The River to Bathos


Not since the fall of 1946, when Harry Truman hardly dared utter a word in public for fear that his own unpopularity would rub off on exposed Democratic candidates, had a President remained so sequestered from a national election campaign. Lyndon Johnson had not exactly planned it that way. Early in July the President hinted that he would visit all 50 states on behalf of Democratic candidates, but the sharp summer slump in his popularity caused the program to be scuttled. Last week he joined the battle for the first time since Labor Day, traditional kickoff date for...

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