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It’s an oft-told story that, given Friday’s developments in Washington, bears repeating. 

As Joe Califano describes it in “Triumph and Tragedy,” his revealing memoir of his time in Lyndon Johnson’s White House, the president summoned civil rights leaders throughout racial unrest within the explosive summer season of 1967.

Detroit and Newark had been burning and Democrats had been sharply divided over a number of points, together with how to reply to the ­rioters. LBJ was utilizing his well-known arm-twisting strategies with NAACP chief Roy Wilkins and Urban League government director Whitney Young, however with out a lot success.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling during an event in the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) 

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the debt ceiling throughout an occasion within the State Dining Room of the White House, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) 
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Frustrated, he launched an assault on the left-wing of his celebration, declaring, “A liberal is intolerant of other views. He wants to control your thoughts and actions.” 

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As Califano writes, Johnson then moved nearer to his company to ship the ultimate punch: “You know the difference between cannibals and liberals? Cannibals eat only their enemies.”

Joe Biden is aware of the sensation. More than 5 a long time later, he, too, is being eaten alive by the Dems’ left, which is now referred to as progressive as an alternative of liberal. 

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No matter the title, the urge for food is similar.

But that’s the place the similarities finish. LBJ was a fighter and good tactician, however Biden is neither. Johnson honed his management instincts within the Senate, however Biden spent practically 40 years there and realized solely the right way to speak the speak. 

The distinction was on show Friday as Biden surrendered to his celebration’s most radical aspect with out a combat. His go to to Capitol Hill was billed as a bid to forge an answer to the Dems’ break up, however as an alternative Biden blinked and waved a white flag. 

By giving his blessing to the radicals’ refusal to vote on the bipartisan $1.2 trillion infrastructure deal till they get a vote on the $3.5 trillion seize bag of socialist trash, he turned his again on the central promise of his election and assured his presidency will proceed to hemorrhage public assist. 

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Biden’s feedback after the assembly revealed his capitulation, saying first that “we’re going to get this done.” But that bravado was immediately neutered when he added: “It doesn’t matter when. It doesn’t matter whether it’s in six minutes, six days or six weeks. We’re going to get it done.”

Try to think about LBJ saying he was effective with a minority of his celebration sidelining his agenda till they felt like addressing it. In reality, attempt to think about any president folding like Biden did.

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., speaks with reporters after a meeting of the progressive House Democrats on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., speaks with reporters after a gathering of the progressive House Democrats on Capitol Hill, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

His flop is particularly odd in that passing the infrastructure invoice would give him one thing he desperately wants: a victory.

So far, he hasn’t delivered a lot of something besides hassle and failure and his ballot numbers proceed to slip downhill. The Afghanistan debacle, the border mess, the still-raging coronavirus and rising inflation are taking their toll on his presidency, and getting passage of the infrastructure deal, which garnered practically a rating of GOP votes within the Senate, would give him bragging rights on a well-liked problem. 

That ought to make it a no brainer for all Dems. After all, a failing, unpopular president is prone to value the celebration management of Congress subsequent 12 months given the celebration’s slender margins.

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But rejection of frequent sense is a key trait of the irredeemable nature of the left. Johnson, by the point he made his cannibal comparability, already had delivered the Great Society agenda, from voting rights to civil rights to Medicare and Medicaid, nevertheless it wasn’t sufficient for the left.

For his half, Biden has backed practically each far-left piece of nonsense within the wind, together with a voting rights invoice that may put Washington in full cost of federal elections. He talked about making Puerto Rico a state, packing the Supreme Court and ending the Senate filibuster. 

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He’s additionally confirmed himself to be an open-borders president and adopted the language of the worst race-baiters by insisting the nation is responsible of “systemic racism” even whereas he calls Americans “good people.”

None of those positions mirror the Joe Biden individuals knew from his lengthy tenure in Washington, the place he personified the phrase reasonable. Indeed, when he talked repeatedly in his marketing campaign and on the inaugural about “unity” and dealing as laborious for many who didn’t vote for him as those that did, there was purpose to hope he was severe about attempting to heal the nation’s breach. 

Yet right here we’re, with the president remaking himself as a leftist, the left calling it inadequate, and he shrugs his shoulders and says OK. 

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The House Dems’ refusal to provide Biden his infrastructure invoice till they get a vote on the $3.5 trillion spend-apalooza is mind-boggling when you think about {that a} monster that incoherent and costly won’t ever move the Senate. Biden is claimed to have talked of chopping it to $2 trillion or so, at the same time as Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., says $1.5 trillion is his most. 

The haggling over the contents and value may take weeks or months, with final passage unsure. And there isn’t any assure the infrastructure invoice would move muster with the left in spite of everything that.

Unfortunately, the reply is clear. He’s a weak, befuddled president who’s the emptiest of empty fits. All speak and no conviction, he couldn’t stand as much as the Taliban and might’t even stand as much as the wing nuts in his personal celebration.

What a catastrophe.

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