OK, we all know that LBJ didn’t run for re-election because the VN war was going so badly, the more liberal Dems were pushing hard against him and his health was not good. Once he gave his “I will not run” speech, both Humphrey and RFK began the race to be the Dem candidate in 1968. McGovern and McCarthy took up the race in earnest when RFK was assassinated. Of course, Humphrey won the Dem nomination and was coming on strong in the last few pre-Nov. election polls, almost winning the 1968 election: “Nixon edged Humphrey 43.42% to 42.72%” with Wallace winning about 13%. The Nixon contact with South Vietnam has been variously reported but it seems likely that he sent word through secondary sources that promised SVN better concessions if they had the negotiations last until after the US elections. (https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/notes-indicate-nixon-interfered-1968-peace-talks-180961627/)
See my comment above. The President has to keep thousands of people in mind whereas you and I have dozens to keep straight. Maybe you’re younger, also, and don’t have a memory problem yet. That’s good for you.
Given that the “taliban” (total ban) states are worse (or certainly no better) for women than Iran and that the citizens of Iran are now protesting the regime there (while no such protests have been seen in those states), maybe Ted’s cartoon is correct.
His short term memory obviously isn’t good. That is not the same as senility, a somewhat outdated term indicating cognitive and physical decline. His physical condition is average or slightly above average for a man his age and there is no evidence that his reasoning ability is impaired. As a 70 year old, I know that my memory is not as good as it once was (the database is full but the retrieval isn’t quite as quick or consistent) and I’ve had an “oh crap” realization from time to time that I misspoke about somebody. I’d say that he has age-appropriate problems while the RW sees his decline as far more severe than it actually is.
The human body wasn’t meant to carry excess weight – the knees go and the heart gets overstressed. I don’t condone making fun of the overweight folks but from a health perspective, it’s just as bad for the body as smoking and excess drinking.
The NYS economic situation in the mid to late 70s was the context for those institutions closing. When Rockefeller was governor in the 60s, he built up state government – dozens of new correctional and mental health institutions, state universities and colleges, and huge increases in state staffing in every department. Then the downturn occurred and Gov. Carey declared that the “days of wine and roses are over” and began closing institutions and reducing state staff (this scenario was repeated by Gov Mario Cuomo in the early 80s). People were thrown out of mental health institutions and declared “well enough” to fend for themselves.
It was Nixon that made the mess that Ford and Carter had to try to fix. And while Reagan inherited a recession because the Fed raised rates to stop the rampant inflation, he actually made the deficit worse due to his tax cuts and increased defense spending. Please peruse the following information about those presidential terms: https://www.thebalancemoney.com/republican-presidents-economic-impact-4129133
As I have discussed with Guyjen on other comic pages, the job of President is an extreme pressure cooker of a job which makes even younger men look old. It’s probably too much for folks in their late 70s. However, my point has always been that Biden is better for the country than Donny. The differences between them are in both personality and policy areas. Donny’s personality has always been crude/bullying and egocentric, signs of low self esteem. Joe has always been a team player and part of the Senate club, sort of a neutral personality. Policy-wise, trump’s an isolationist and protectionalist in foreign policy and is a populist/nationalist who relied on Reagan-Bush agendas (economic and environmental deregulation) in domestic policy. Biden’s domestic policies have been traditional moderate Dem policies rather than embracing progressives’ desires for much more aid to various segments of the population and his foreign policies are basically the internationalist-lite with fewer tariffs that was favored by Bill C and Obama. So, to me, trump’s annoyance of our allies and his tariffs put us in worse shape (even without the world pandemic’s economic problems) and biden’s overtures to our allies and reduction of tariffs put us in better shape regarding other nations. All that aside, it may be better for us and for Joe if he defers to someone younger next time around.
Thanks for proving that you are completely unhinged.
Ah, the parrot response returns. I guess you feel that you have to replace oppie since he’s muted. You really don’t have to.