LBJ and the Wisdom of the Long-Term Political Game

It has been said for decades that when President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act, he quipped “We have lost the South for a generation.” There is no solid proof that LBJ said any such thing, but in his book Moyers on America: A Journalist and His Times (via Google Books preview), Bill Moyers stated:

When he signed the act he was euphoric, but late that very…