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MrScorpio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Aug-17-10 06:06 AM
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Jimmy Carter: Worst. American. Ever
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Why right-wing bloggers think the peanut farmer was more heinous than any serial killer -- or even Obama
BY ANDREW LEONARD

Let's get the big honking disclaimer out of the way first. As a callow 18-year-old, I cast my first vote for president of the United States in 1980 to reelect Jimmy Carter. While I can't claim to be have been a hugely enthusiastic supporter of the much-beleaguered president (he reinstated registration for the draft, for crying out loud!), there was no doubt in my mind that he was infinitely superior to that joke from California, a has-been actor who already had one foot inside a retirement home. I also was confident that Richard Nixon's disgrace would keep Republicans out of the White House for at least a couple more terms.

Needless to say, I was rather shocked at the outcome of that election, and have pondered its significance ever since. While I think Carter was largely doomed by factors that he had little direct control over -- the oil shocks and the hostage crisis -- I am willing to admit that he had his flaws and didn't leave much of an enduring legacy. He certainly wouldn't be on my list of the top 10 U.S. presidents.

But in what universe does he qualify as the Worst American of All Time? How does that work?

All weekend long, liberals have been goggling at a thoroughly unscientific poll of right-wing bloggers by the Right Wing News blog that purports to list the 25 worst Americans of all time -- the lowest of the low of "all the gangsters, serial killers, mass murderers, incompetent & crooked politicians, spies, traitors, and ultra left-wing kooks in all of American history."

http://www.salon.com/news/jimmy_carter/index.html?story...
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  -Jimmy Carter: Worst. American. Ever MrScorpio  Aug-17-10 06:06 AM   #0 
  - Carter was a great president  malaise   Aug-17-10 06:15 AM   #1 
  - Same here nt  MrScorpio   Aug-17-10 06:18 AM   #2 
  - Carter is the only president in my lifetime that I've felt was any good  ixion   Aug-17-10 07:40 AM   #3 
  - Thank you n/t  ismnotwasm   Aug-17-10 07:37 PM   #21 
  - Jimmy Carter served his country honorably.  lpbk2713   Aug-17-10 08:04 AM   #4 
  - Because if Carter wasn't "worst ever", it would take the shine off of Reagan's "best ever"  JHB   Aug-17-10 08:10 AM   #5 
  - Actually, it's "from whom"  BonnieJW   Aug-17-10 08:23 AM   #7 
  - That's ok...  JHB   Aug-17-10 08:59 AM   #12 
  - You nailed it, JHB  BeFree   Aug-17-10 09:58 AM   #13 
  - Constantly having to refute lies is not a debate  lunatica   Aug-17-10 08:10 AM   #6 
  - You should start a thread on that topic  emulatorloo   Aug-17-10 07:24 PM   #17 
  - I think one thing that doomed Carter from the start is,  Dr.Phool   Aug-17-10 08:24 AM   #8 
  - I admired the fact that Mr. Carter said what he thought.  political_Dem   Aug-17-10 08:41 AM   #9 
  - factors that he had little direct control over -- the oil shocks  mopinko   Aug-17-10 08:51 AM   #10 
  - Bah.What's the point of entertaining this red herring?  shotten99   Aug-17-10 08:58 AM   #11 
  - 1 2 and 3  reggie the dog   Aug-17-10 10:04 AM   #14 
  - Carter couldn't and didn't want to play insider Washington politics.  Joe Fields   Aug-17-10 10:53 AM   #15 
  - He really got to them, didn't he? And he managed to stay a thorn in their side for decades.  eleny   Aug-17-10 01:30 PM   #16 
  - Remember When Carter...  Steely_Dan   Aug-17-10 07:31 PM   #18 
  - my buddies told me if i voted for jimmy carter again country would go to hell  pitohui   Aug-17-10 07:32 PM   #19 
  - "infinitely superior to that joke from California"  undeterred   Aug-17-10 07:35 PM   #20 
 

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