Thursday, February 17, 2005

Jimmy Carter Worse Than Nixon?

The Washington Monthly has a good little piece about how the right-wingers hate the left so much that they are pissed that a new attack submarine is going to be christened USS Jimmy Carter. In the comments to the piece, some right-wingnuts even go so far as saying that Carter was the worst president of the past 100 years or the post-WWII era, apparently ranking him below Nixon.

Uh... even if we were to accept that Carter was as incompetent as the right-wingnuts claim, how is an incompetent president worse than a president who actively tries to subvert the constitution and the democratic process? How is an incompetent president worse than one who wants to make himself "El Presidente for Life"?

Also, down in the comments, is a great quote from H.L. Mencken:

As democracy is perfected, the office of president represents, more and more closely, the inner soul of the people. On some great and glorious day the plain folks of the land will reach their heart's desire at last and the White House will be adorned by a downright moron.

That's just prescient, isn't it?


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