The nation's liberal historians are no longer pulling any punches. From Scott Horton's No comment' column at Harper's,
Previously Bush wasn't viewed in the most positive terms, but there was a consensus that he wasn't the "worst of the worst" either. That was in the spring of 2004. In the meantime, Bush has established himself as the torture president, the basis for his invasion of Iraq has been exposed as a fraud, the Iraq War itself has gone disastrously. In 2004, only 12 percent of historians were ready to place Bush dead last.
(Now, the newest results of) an informal survey of 109 professional historians conducted over a three-week period through the History News Network, 98.2 percent assessed the presidency of Mr. Bush to be a failure while 1.8 percent classified it as a success.
Yes, the informal poll (those who responded to the History network) of 109 leading historians found that 61 percent of them rank Bush as "worst ever" among U.S. presidents. Bush's key competition comes from Buchanan, apparently, and a further 2 percent of the sample puts Bush right behind Buchanan as runner-up for "worst ever." 96 percent of the respondents place the Bush presidency in the bottom tier of American presidencies."
Here are some of the comments that the historians furnished:
"No individual president can compare to the second Bush," wrote one. "Glib, contemptuous, ignorant, incurious, a dupe of anyone who humors his deluded belief in his heroic self, he has bankrupted the country with his disastrous war and his tax breaks for the rich, trampled on the Bill of Rights, appointed foxes in every henhouse, compounded the terrorist threat, turned a blind eye to torture and corruption and a looming ecological disaster, and squandered the rest of the world's goodwill. In short, no other president's faults have had so deleterious an effect on not only the country but the world at large."
Scott Horton, who lectures at Columbia Law School a brilliant audio podcast interviewed a by another Scott Horton also delineates the latest scandalous Bush contempt for the rule of law, specifically, the Geneva Conventions which the US largely wrote, and many of of the Amendments in the Billl of Rights which Bush sought to completey disregard in exerting his unitary executive priviledge that he could do anything he wanted. This flowed in Bush's own words from "the great opportunity", that 9/11 provided. Bush's imperial actions forbidden by the Constitution, were so breathtaking in their daring, that even the Supreme Court, with seven Republican appointments have voted down 9 to 0, some of the most blatant excesses and the extravagant, self serving logic of the 'worst ever' president, and his legal minions.
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