From my new column in Taki’s Magazine:
Joe Biden’s Long Hot Spring
April 21, 2021
When Joe Biden was 21, American liberalism peaked on Nov. 3, 1964, as Lyndon Baines Johnson won over 61 percent of the popular vote …
But in 1968, LBJ dropped out and his vice president, Hubert Humphrey, could garner only 42.7 percent, a drop of 19.4 percentage points over four tumultuous years. After 1964, Democrats lost five of the next six presidential elections, some by landslides.
Are there any lessons for Biden in this history, which he might recall firsthand? What went wrong with LBJ’s ambitious guns and butter policies that are so reminiscent of Biden’s own lavish tax and spend plans?
Much, including, of course, Vietnam. …
But Johnson was stabbed in the back by the people he thought of as his friends and beneficiaries. It was the great liberal cities of the North that turned into battle zones during Johnson’s second term, with riots and the subsequent crime wave emptying out their law-abiding and tax-paying citizens.
Read the whole thing there.