Saturday, July 26, 2008

back to under rated presidents

having recently finished Oxford History of the United States (1815-1848), I cannot understand how Reason could rate Martin Van Buren as under rated. Trail of tears was enacted under him. Clueless on the economy. Can't think of any positive accomplishments - he came across as your classic, great backroom operator who wasn't ready to be top dog.

Will be curious to read more about Warren G. Harding (could be a long time before that volume comes out). Commuting Deb's sentence is clearly a positive, but is that enough to make up for Teapot Dome?

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