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Kennedy was able to parlay his political capital into programs he wanted.

Kennedy had a House which was 70% Democratic, and a Senate which was 60%. I'm not sure how much "political capital" he needed to move things along.

LBJ had about 68% and 65%, respectively. He also had the spectre of Kennedy's assassination, which made the hard Right quiescent for a time when it came to Kennedy's (and LBJ's) signature legislative proposals, notably on Civil Rights.

Neither of them had to deal with the kind of hyperpartisanship that Obama faces.

At some point, I have to give Obama some of the blame.

Please. You have Republicans shouting "You Lie" during a State of the Union speech, unprecedented in political history. You have Republicans willing to take the country into default rather than negotiate a debt-ceiling increase, the very thing they did six times during the George W. Bush administration. You have Republicans proposing to run the country off a fiscal cliff of their own design rather than accept the overwhelming desires of the populace, and you conclude that this is somehow "Obama's fault"?

Seriously? I guess you give "some of the blame" to Stalin because his country was invaded in 1941?
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