Politics: A Voice for Dissent

Lyndon Johnson is fond of comparing himself to the Harry Truman of 1948, who won an upset victory with a rip-roaring "give-'em-hell" campaign. Johnson's opponents prefer to compare him to the Truman of 1952, who decided not to run again in the midst of an unpopular war. Neither analogy quite fits. The fact is that the 1968 campaign is shaping up as a race like none before it.

Like the Truman of 1948, Johnson is doing badly in the popularity polls. Last week, while his Gallup rating rose for the first time in five...

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