Donatelli: It’s Back to the Future for Obama and the Democrats


Democratic policies don’t wear well with the public. History tells us as much. The last three Democratic sweeps (control of the White House and Congress) have been followed quickly by the unraveling of the Democrats’ winning coalition, a backlash against liberal overreach and finally replacement by a reenergized Republican Party.

1964: President Lyndon Johnson brought in huge majorities of Senate and House Democrats in the second biggest popular vote landslide ever.

President Johnson quickly ramped up domestic federal spending with his “Great Society” program featuring the War on Poverty, Model Cities and Job Corps as well as new entitlements Medicare and Medicaid.

Unfortunately, Johnson also chose to escalate the Vietnam War leading to huge strains on the federal budget.