LBJ worked closely with civil rights leaders… despite attempts of late to portray him as a vile racist. The Johnson treatment always started with a cause Johnson cared deeply about. More than Kennedy imagined, his successor pressed for equal rights- forcing the passage of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 in less than 100 days.
Johnson always kept his house in order… Arguably the most powerful and effective Majority leader in the history of the US Senate, no one rallied the troops like LBJ.
Twisting arms was sport to Johnson… and he never shied away from confrontation. His battles with conservative Southern Democrats were some of the nastiest in the political records- LBJ usually got his way….