the troubles with historical parallels

The letters to the editor page in the Nation magazine a few weeks ago, about the Nation’s hoped for study of Elizabeth Warren for President draft movement…

One asks “What’s so bad about Hillary Clinton?”
One points out that Elizabeth Warren has repeatedly said she’s not running, while Bernie Sanders is exploring the idea.
One posits the idea that Bernie Sanders might serve as Eugen McCarthy, Elizabeth Warren as Robert Kennedy… with Hillary Clinton the role of Lyndon Johnson.

That last one fascinates me in its day-dreaming of historical parallels.  Hopefully the letter writer doesn’t want to draw it too tightly to its 1968 precedent.

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