Will the golf summit help?

By Ken Feltman (originally published in Politico)

Ties of respect and friendship allowed President Lyndon Johnson and Republican Senate Leader Everett Dirksen to move historic civil rights legislation to enactment. Speaker Sam Rayburn used his “Board of Education” meetings to get to know and influence his colleagues over bourbon, branch water and sometimes a game of cards. Cooperation is easier among friends than among enemies. Period.

Anything that can create ties of respect and friendship among the leaders of the country should be welcomed. We cannot expect that one golf game will make up for the the jokes that Johnson and Dirksen delighted in playing on each other. Golf may never replace Rayburn’s bourbon. But it’s a start.

About Radnor Reports

Ken Feltman is past-president of the International Association of Political Consultants and the American League of Lobbyists. He is retired chairman of Radnor Inc., an international political consulting and government relations firm in Washington, D.C. Know as a coalition builder, he has participated in election campaigns and legislative efforts in the United States and several other countries.
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2 Responses to Will the golf summit help?

  1. ZION IL says:

    Interesting about Dirksen and LBJ. I was a big fan of Dirksen. They called him the Wizard of Oz.

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