LBJ passes comprehensive federal insurance for seniors with shrewd politics and a strong dose of compromise
When Donkey and Elephant First Clashed
The Republican party ensured a landslide defeat when it nominated Barry Goldwater in 1964, but the Democrats did far more lasting damage to themselves at their convention that year. In fact, they still haven’t recovered.
The two-party system, undreamt of by the founders of the Republic, has been one of its basic shaping forces ever since their time
Thus did Franklin Roosevelt characterize the man who was to be his running mate in 1944 and—as everyone at the astonishing Democratic Convention knew—almost certainly the next President of the United States. Here is FDR at his most devious, Harry Truman at the pivot of his career, and the old party-boss system at its zenith.
It’s not surprising that Democrats seek to wrap themselves in the Roosevelt cloak; what’s harder to understand is why so many Republicans do too. A distinguished historian explains.
One of FDR's closest aides remembers "the Boss" and a lifetime in politics.