CSPAN’s latest survey of presidential rankings is out. Obama comes in at #12, one spot above James Monroe. Given that I can’t think of anything particularly notable Monroe did except the Monroe Doctrine which was really all John Quincy Adams, I find this slightly confusing. The top of the list:
5) Eisenhower (really?)
7) Jefferson (talk about the rest of one’s career being used as the criteria instead of his actual presidency. The Embargo alone should drop him 15 places)
9) Reagan (kill me)
Bottom 5 from worst to least worst are Buchanan, Andrew Johnson, Pierce, Harding, and Tyler. I think it’s safe to say that future rankings will have a new name in this bottom 5.
And Grant at 22 is just about right. It’s amazing how much the left overcorrected from the ridiculous Dunningite “Grant is a horrible tyrant” to “Grant is one of our greatest presidents based upon my selection of facts that ignore all the other facts.” 22 is perfect for a deeply flawed man and weak president who actually did something about southern destruction of black rights during his first term, although far, far, far less in the second after he basically allowed white terrorists to kill dozens of African-Americans and offered an extremely tepid response.
Anyway, this should keep you arguing for the day.