The primary reason LBJ was so successful in getting his agenda through Congress was his great arm-twisting and threatening the members of his party.
I think President Trump should take a page out of LBJ’s book and do some arm twisting and threatening of his own.
He should get all the Republican members of Congress in one room and say:
“Look, this is my agenda and I have been elected by the American people to get it done. You people were sent here by the folks back home to help me do it.
“Now, I know each of you care about getting re-elected and holding onto your position here in D.C. with all its perks. I want to make it very clear. If you do not support me wholeheartedly in getting my and the American people’s agenda passed, I will campaign for each of your primary opponents in the next election.
“If you are a congressman and don’t support me, I will pull that big 747 with “United States of America” written in big, bold, blue letters on its side right into an airport in your district and tell the thousands of people who turn out that you failed to live up to the promises you made and it’s time for your primary opponent to have a chance to do what is right for them.
“For you senators, every one of you will be up for re-election sometime in the next six years, and I’m going to be a two-term president. If I don’t get your wholehearted support, I’ll land that presidential airplane in several cities in your state telling the people you have sold them out and they need to support your primary opponent.
“Folks, we have a chance to save America and we cannot do it by keeping the swamp full of sludge – and the establishment is the sludge. The American people deserve better. If you are not willing to give it to them, I’m going to do my best to get Republicans in here who will.”
“Now, I’ve laid my cards on the table and you know how I feel. I don’t make threats. I make promises, and you just heard my promise. The choice is up to you.”