In 1964, Lyndon Johnson used JFK’s assassination to push through the Civil Rights Act of 1964, a JFK initiative that had stalled in congress because of the resistance of a group of southern Democrats.
No one thinks Obama possesses any of the legislative skills or the art of persuasion LBJ had. If he did, we wouldn’t have seen polls that went from 72% in favor of reform and a public option, to 43%. That is a direct result of Republican lies and attacks and Obama’s total ineffectiveness in dealing with them.
But Kennedy’s death could change that.