Tuesday, July 19, 2005



So I've had my little worst president poll up for a while now, and it's clear that most of my ... well, one or two... readers thinks he's the worst president we have (though Ulysses S. Grant is close, and three voters felt my choices didn't include our worst president).

So now I don't know whether to keep the poll up as a permanent feature, change the poll into something different, or turn it into a presidential grudge match, taking our 42 different presidents and distilling them down, NCAA tournament bracket style, into our very worst president.

Imagine -- choosing between Millard Fillmore and Chester Arthur! Or Zachary Taylor or Woodrow Wilson. Calvin Coolidge, or Rutherford B. Hayes. I'll see what your input is, then make a decision. One thing's for sure, though: We sure have a lot of oddly first-named chief executives. Rutherford?


Jim Chadwick said...

Sorry I have not participated. As much as I would like to make my vote on Dumbya for Worst President Ever an automatic choice, I have to admit that I don't know enough about some of the other Presidents to make a truly informed choice. And that would mean I would be flaunting my ignorance as righteously as Dumbya! However, I can say that I think he is easily the worst President of my lifetime, and probably going back to at least Hoover as well.

Superfrankenstein said...

Buchanan was pretty bad; States seceded from the Union on his watch, and if I'm not mistaken he failed to disarm one of them when he had the chance. Which would make him a traitor. Bush is up there. I'd like to see those two in a runoff.

Superfrankenstein said...

Wait, I got my story straight: Buchanan's War Secretary, John B. Floyd, was, according to Wikipedia, "accused of having sent large stores of government arms to Southern arsenals in anticipation of the Civil War."

Sorry, Buchanan. But if you were in on it... curse you, Buchanan!