I nearly fell out of my chair this morning when I saw this.
“President Biden recently held an undisclosed East Room session with historians that included discussion of how big is too big — and how fast is too fast — to jam through once-in-a-lifetime historic changes to America. …
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss told Axios FDR and LBJ may turn out to be the past century’s closest analogues for the Biden era, “in terms of transforming the country in important ways in a short time.” …
Beschloss said the parallels include the New Deal economic relief that Franklin Roosevelt brought in 1933, which saved the country from the Depression and chaos.
And Biden is on track to leave the country in a different place, as Lyndon Johnson did with his Great Society programs. …
He loves the growing narrative that he’s bolder and bigger-thinking than President Obama. …”
I finally agree with Charles C.W. Cooke of National Review on something. This analogy is ludicrous and only becomes more so by the day.
“Let us mince no words: This advice is deranged. FDR and LBJ, to whom the historians apparently have compared Biden, were both swept into office in landslide victories, alongside large congressional majorities — often large supermajorities — that were on board with their agenda. Joe Biden, by contrast, won the Electoral College by 45,000 votes, enjoys no majority in the Senate, and has a House majority so thin that the Democratic Party is trying to steal a House seat in Iowa that has already been certified for the GOP. As Lloyd Bentsen might have said: I’ve read about FDR, and Joe Biden, you are no FDR. …”
Are you here, bro? You’re not FDR, bro. Not even close.
The South voted for FDR four times.
FDR won all of the non-Eastern states in 1932.
Contrast what FDR accomplished in his first 100 days with Joe Biden. The Democratic agenda is a deeply polarizing cultural lib wish list. If anything is true, FDR doused the culture war of his time by ending Prohibition. FDR focused on economic issues. He also collaborated with “white supremacy.”
The New Deal coalition worked by focusing on class, not bitterly polarizing culture war issues or something as racially toxic as wokeness. It started coming apart when the people who are now control of the Democratic Party decided to take that route and alienated Southerners.
Joe isn’t even Barack Obama. When Obama was president, Democrats had 60 Senate seats and Nancy Pelosi was Speaker of the House with a 256 seat majority. Since then, Democrats have steadily alienated working class voters with traditional values while attracting professional class voters with cosmopolitan values. They’ve been shrinking into a party of highly educated and affluent coastal elites who are defined by cultural liberalism and who speak the language of political correctness.