Magazines: Barbecue Politics

After all the press hosannas over President Johnson's eloquent voting-rights speech to Congress, Commonweal's Washington Correspondent William Shannon weighed in with a sharp and sober warning: "President Johnson is running what may be termed the rhetoric risk. He likes to promise everybody something and to dream aloud, admittedly more often in the language of the Snopes family than of Aristotle, about the wonderful future that is acoming. As a Texan and an heir to that state's neoPopulist traditions, he is a natural master of the America-is-agreat-big-wonderful-barbecue school of politics."

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