Hey Hey LBJ

Via Petey in comments, a very interesting op-ed by Robert Caro on Lyndon Johnson, the Voting Rights Act, and the remarkable progress we’ve made since the time LBJ threw his weight behind the cause of Civil Rights and the time an African-American could take to the podium to accept a major party presidential nomination. Johnson, of course, came to be despised by the left for Vietnam. But in recent years, I think there’s been a renaissance of appreciation for Johnson, recognizing that whatever his flaws he’s up there with FDR and Abraham Lincoln as the major architects of progressive American domestic policy. Bob Kuttner noted the other day, however, that this rehabilitation unfortunately hasn’t penetrated the halls of the 2008 convention.