Jimmy Carter is out with his 26th book, so that means he is on his 26th round of slavish liberal-media interviews hailing him as a genius and a peacemaker. No wonder we're so tired of him.
While the Bushes have remained dignified and largely silent as ex-presidents, Carter and Bill Clinton just cannot resist venomously attacking Republican presidents and conservative politicians, perhaps because whenever they do this, TV anchors bow and scrape before them and hail their "achievements," compassion and generosity of spirit toward mankind.
And so we have to put up with this megalomaniacal failure, along with his tired, angry opinions yet again. On CNN, Larry King asked if the tea party was racist. (That question is as insulting as King is old, and CNN irrelevant.) Carter answered that it is only a tiny minority, but then added that it's goaded by Fox News and Newt Gingrich. "I think that Gingrich five years ago would be embarrassed at what Newt Gingrich is saying today and doing today." He said because Gingrich is running for president, he has to "go hard right and appeal to the extreme."
But Carter feels poor Obama is "suffering from perhaps the worst Washington environment of any president in history, and I would even include Abraham Lincoln as we led up to the war between the states." Amazing, isn't it? Carter can sit there and say ridiculous junk -- failing to get one or two Republican votes on liberal bills is a darker and more divided political environment than the prelude to the Civil War? -- and King just nods. No wonder he's been put out to pasture.
Speaking of ludicrous claims, on "60 Minutes," CBS reporter Stahl asserted that Carter was the most successful president in modern times, more successful than even Ronald Reagan. "But when all is said and done, and many will be surprised to hear this: Jimmy Carter got more of his programs passed than Reagan and Nixon, Ford, Bush 1, Clinton or Bush 2."
And many would most certainly not be surprised to hear that Lesley Stahl would try to rewrite history this foolishly on national TV. Passing a number of "programs" isn't a measure of success. Doesn't it matter if those programs worked? Did Carter's legislation succeed in whipping inflation and bringing full employment? Or did he preside over the most disastrous economy since the Great Depression? Did he get the hostages home? Or were they sent home out of fear of incoming President Reagan?
Stahl wasn't done, fortunately for this column, which is writing itself: "A lot of critics of yours, when you were president, say that you've been a fantastic ex-President. You hear that all the time."