1. First, the Democrat Party is not "socialist". Helping the poor and elderly doesn't make one a disciple of Marx. Now if we started nationalizing private industry, you'd have a point.<quoted text>
That might make sense except that the Socialist Democrat party replaced LBJ with his flunky toad, Humpty Dumpty.
Besides, LBJ passed more Socialist legislation than all other Presidents combined. If Obama had 10% of the political skills of LBJ, Boehner would be irrelevant, lily would have a single payer system, all firearms would be banned, tax rates would be 90%, and only homosexual marriages would be recognized.
Thank God for the US that Obama is completely lacking in interpersonal skills.
2. Humphrey was not LBJ's "flunky". The two men had discordant views on Vietnam. Second, Robert Kennedy was clearly the Democrat party's choice in 1968. He had the presidential nomination wrapped up after the California primary, only to be assassinated the same day.
Humphrey was a liberal and a satisfatory replacement, but not the first choice.
3. LBJ was a Southern conservative and his strongest ties were with very conservative people. Much of the legislation he passed war crafted furing the Kennedy era. Did he personally agree with it? I have my doubts.
Had he defied the legislation of his party such as Civil Rights, he would have become a poltical pariah within his own party. So I think he went along because he had little choice. He was tossed out just the same for his complicity regarding Vietnam.
Please spare me the cliche dribble over gay marriage, taxes and gun control which isn't relevant.