Joe Biden and the ghost of LBJ

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As I write this, one week after his shockingly poor performance in his debate against former President Trump, it seems increasingly clear that President Biden will be forced to abandon his re-election efforts and allow the convention to pick a new nominee.

Biden would become the first president in 56 years to choose not to run for re-election.

The last president who did so – Democrat Lyndon Johnson – bowed out at the end of March 1968. It was three and a half years after he won a decisive landslide against Republican Barry Goldwater. 

Biden would become the first president in 56 years to choose not to run for re-election. (Getty Images)

Early in his term, the high points of Johnson’s “Great Society” – the introduction of Medicare, the Civil Rights Act of

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