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Was George W. Bush a "Bad" President?

Marek3 Wrote: Apr 29, 2013 12:06 PM
Overall given such gems as: Wilson, FDR, Hoover, Nixon, Carter, etc..? I would place him right down the middle. Nothing to be proud of but nothing to hide our heads about either, especially given the alternative of Gore (God save us) or Kerry.

That certainly seems to be the general consensus on the Left. Consider, for example, this piece by the Washington Post’s Ezra Klein. Responding to Keith Hennessey’s must-read editorial debunking the so-called “Bush is stupid” myth (a contention, I might add, he doesn’t necessarily dispute), Klein had this to say about our 43th president:

But all this just goes to show that raw intelligence is overrated. Bush was smart. Plenty of the people around him were smart. But he was a bad president. Presidential scholars rank him 38th — and, remember, there have only been 43 presidents (Barack...