McCain: Carter worst president in 20th century

posted at 2:18 pm on September 18, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

Well, it’s not as if this is a particularly controversial point. What other President in American history allowed dozens of embassy staff to be held hostage for over a year? What other President kissed a totalitarian on the cheek and pronounced American fears of Soviet Communism overblown? What other President addressed the nation during an economic crisis and told us that we more or less had to get used to it? Oh, wait, there has been a new entry in that last category …

I don’t think Michael Medved expected that response from Senator John McCain (R-AZ), but McCain can be unpredictably blunt in interviews. There may be competition for worst in American history from the 19th century — Franklin Pierce comes to mind — and perhaps from the 21st century, if the rest of the Obama term goes like the first eight months. But I’d agree with McCain that Carter has the 20th century title locked up. (via Greg Hengler)


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It also took Dubya only nine months to allow 3,000 Americans to be murdered on American soil while he chose to go fishin’ instead. So overall, we win. Again.

dcwvu on September 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

This entire comment disgusts me. How do you win when 3000 people are murdered, no matter who’s in charge?

Weren’t you liberals lamenting the missed opportunity for Clinton? Clinton could have stopped it all if he had a pair; but of course it’s Bush’s fault because he did.

loudmouth883 on September 18, 2009 at 3:44 PM

If anyone is tempted to click on it’s screen name…don’t. It represents the worst that racism has to offer and expalians the KIng Lincoln comment..

rukiddingme on September 18, 2009 at 3:23 PM

I kind of figured that, but thanks for doing the dirty work so we don’t have to!

Ann NY on September 18, 2009 at 3:46 PM

To John McCain I quote John McClane:

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

Wish he had been this blunt about things last year.

SD on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Not only don’t you have any credibility left, you’re an ignorant idiot. The USA and Israel are in fact two of the most beneficial and anti-imperialistic nations on earth. The central tenet of mohammedanism is world conquest and the history of the former Caliphates are the definition of imperialism with a religious accent. Name one nation that the USA or Israel is controlling for imperialist reasons….there is none, not even one.

cjk on September 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM

If I had ever made anti-Semitic remarks, I would have been banned a long time ago. But I’ve been here almost a year making the same arguments as I always have, and they have been respectful of Jews and people of all creed and color.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:37 PM

Clock’s ticking, buddy. SaintOlaf got away with his anti-semitism for quite a while, too.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM

Not only don’t you have any credibility left, you’re an ignorant idiot. The USA and Israel are in fact two of the most beneficial and anti-imperialistic nations on earth. The central tenet of mohammedanism is world conquest and the history of the former Caliphates are the definition of imperialism with a religious accent. Name one nation that the USA or Israel is controlling for imperialist reasons….there is none, not even one.

cjk on September 18, 2009 at 3:50 PM

Do we even know how many countries the U.S. is occupying? It’s well over a hundred at this point. And Israel is not making a secret that they want everyone else’s land in that region at least.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

I found a much cooler signature, since people probably don’t like the Southern pride stuff.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:57 PM

Do we even know how many countries the U.S. is occupying? It’s well over a hundred at this point. And Israel is not making a secret that they want everyone else’s land in that region at least.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

occupying??? please, we stay at their request.

as far as Israel, this is stupid beyond belief. they GAVE BACK THE SINAI…DUHHHHHHHH

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 3:58 PM

Most of the violence coming out of the Muslim world is retaliation for years of abuse at the hands of Israel/America. So yes, an adjustment would certainly have positive effects.

That article on Reagan was very interesting, and worth consideration for sure.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

this is insane…have you read ANYTHING About the last 1,400 years of history?? hmmm??

ever hear of Charles Martel???? hmmmmm??? the battle of tours…in 732….pathetic.

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Clock’s ticking, buddy. SaintOlaf got away with his anti-semitism for quite a while, too.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 3:52 PM

But I haven’t made any anti-Semitic remarks. The only one was that typo, which I didn’t mean to do.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Pierce was given a bad rap. I doubt there was anything he could do about the slavery situation (the North and South were already at loggerheads politically), and his Administration’s initiative to pursue the purchase of Cuba from Spain was stymied by his political opponents in the Whigs who opposed slavery (it was proposed that Cuba be a slave territory). Pierce tended to support slaveholding interests, which of course colors our perception of him as an executive.

He was instrumental in the opening of Japan (Perry’s expedition occurred under his command), as well as in attempting to contain British expansionism in the Americas. Pierce was an expansionist himself, attempting to secure new territory for the USA (the Gadsden Purchase occurred in his Presidency).

Of course, Pierce’s brand of patriotism certainly reminds us of Democrats today — he recognized a pro-slavery government in Kansas that nearly everyone else thought was illegitimate (think Iran), opposed the Civil War as useless (think Iraq), castigated Lincoln as a destroyer of human rights (think Bush), and even had his own “refusal to fly the American flag” episode (think Obama’s lapel).

unclesmrgol on September 18, 2009 at 4:04 PM

Most of the violence coming out of the Muslim world is retaliation for years of abuse at the hands of Israel/America. So yes, an adjustment would certainly have positive effects.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:41 PM

Well hello Ahmed! Your statement includes Indonesia, yes?

Please detail (or in summary) how violence in Indonesia is a reponse to American/Israeli abuses? Keep in mind there are more Muslims in Indonesia than in any other country.

BobMbx on September 18, 2009 at 4:08 PM

Republicans fight tooth and nail not to raise the minimum wage…Dems had to do it

dcwvu on September 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

And now high school unemployment is at a 26 year high. I wonder if there’s a connection…

loudmouth883 on September 18, 2009 at 3:38 PM

Every time people start agitating to raise the minimum wage, we remind them that raising the minimum wage costs jobs.

Every time they go ahead and do it anyway.

Every time they do, unemployment spikes, especially in the lower-paying jobs.

And every time, the same people who agitated for the minimum wage are unable to make the connection.

I try not to despair….

tom on September 18, 2009 at 4:08 PM

The only one was that typo, which I didn’t mean to do.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Yeah, you keep that pathetic charade going. Taken in context of your other comments in the thread, it was clear to anyone that it was a lot more freudian slip than typo.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:09 PM

To John McCain I quote John McClane:

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

Wish he had been this blunt about things last year.

SD on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

Yeah! What he said. I noticed it was 20th century. It is my hope that we are seeing the worst of the 21st.

Blacksmith8 on September 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM

And Israel is not making a secret that they want everyone else’s land in that region at least.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

7 minutes later …

But I haven’t made any anti-Semitic remarks. The only one was that typo, which I didn’t mean to do.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:01 PM

Kinda hard keeping your story straight?

tom on September 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM

Well, he is right, Carter is the worst president of the 20th century. However, now we are in a new century, and I would say Obama will definitely be in the running for the worst of this century.

Terrye on September 18, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Yeah, you keep that pathetic charade going. Taken in context of your other comments in the thread, it was clear to anyone that it was a lot more freudian slip than typo.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:09 PM

If any other user had mistyped like that, you would excuse it. But everyone is out to get and try to discredit me, which is hard to do, so you desperately latch onto a pure-mistake typo. That’s all you have. I’ve pretty much owned some other users in here otherwise by using home-made truth serum on my posts.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:14 PM

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 3:59 PM

Right, keep in mind that this is about the time of year that where lib-think has begun to sprout in the minds of community college history and political science classes throughout Libtardia. We’re witnessing the birth of this years’ crop of libtards. Dean is “trying his wings” here at Hot Air by repeating cool phrases from the professor, just to get a feel for it.

We must nurture him, and allow him to grow into the proper libtard he was born to be. Then we will ridicule him.

BobMbx on September 18, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Kinda hard keeping your story straight?

tom on September 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM

I’m just pointing out what their agenda seems to be what with the merciless Israeli expansion of settlements into other territory.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM

I’m just pointing out what their agenda seems to be what with the merciless Israeli expansion of settlements into other territory parts of Israel.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM

FIFY.

BobMbx on September 18, 2009 at 4:18 PM

BobMbx on September 18, 2009 at 4:15 PM

too funny…I notice he hasn’t responded to me….liberals always ignore things that they don’t have talking points for….

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:14 PM

Get. Over. Yourself.

rockmom on September 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

I’m just pointing out what their agenda seems to be what with the merciless Israeli expansion of settlements into other territory.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM

you missed that whole GIVING BACK THE SINAI TO EGYPT now didn’t ya????

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

oh and the west back IS ISRAELI territory.

they conquered it, they own it, its theirs…

oh and did you also miss that GIVING UP THE GAZA STRIP???? duhhhhhhhhh

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:20 PM

you missed that whole GIVING BACK THE SINAI TO EGYPT now didn’t ya????

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:19 PM

Sure, but that was a while ago. That’s not to say they couldn’t have reconfigured their priorities since them.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM

If any other user had mistyped like that, you would excuse it.

Not if they had expressed as much anti-Jewish sentiment as you. However, few other than you have.

But everyone is out to get and try to discredit me,

No need. You do it for us.

which is hard to do,

You’ve proven otherwise.

so you desperately latch onto a pure-mistake typo. That’s all you have. I’ve pretty much owned some other users in here otherwise by using home-made truth serum on my posts.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:14 PM

“Hitler did some abd things” is a typo.

“Hitler did some bad things probably” is you failing to conceal your true nature. Although, personally, I think you wanted to be found out. You want people to know what a slimebag you are.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Sure, but that was a while ago. That’s not to say they couldn’t have reconfigured their priorities since them.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:21 PM

again you missed that whole GIVING UP THE GAZA STRIP….

please.

so tell me, what did the Arabs EVER GIVE UP FOR PEACE???? Hmmmmmmm????

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:23 PM

It also took Dubya only nine months to allow 3,000 Americans to be murdered on American soil while he chose to go fishin’ instead. So overall, we win. Again.

dcwvu on September 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

What are your thoughts regarding Clinton’s guilt for the Unabomber, the Phoenix Amtrak derailment, the World Trade Center truckbombing, the Olympics nailbombing, the Branch Davidian compound arson-slaughter, Ruby Ridge, the Oklahoma City federal building bombing, Columbine, Khobar Towers, the Nairobi embassy bombing, the USS Cole, and all the other conspiracies of violence that Presidents ‘allow’?

Chris_Balsz on September 18, 2009 at 4:24 PM

so tell me, what did the Arabs EVER GIVE UP FOR PEACE???? Hmmmmmmm????

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:23 PM

Why should they have to give up for peace when it is their land. The only thing Isreal could do for the region si give up, get up, and get out IMO.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Why should they have to give up for peace when it is their land. The only thing Isreal could do for the region si give up, get up, and get out IMO.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

oh yeah land THEY STOLE…moron

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

“Hitler did some abd things” is a typo.

“Hitler did some bad things probably” is you failing to conceal your true nature. Although, personally, I think you wanted to be found out. You want people to know what a slimebag you are.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:23 PM

you can leave an extra word in there and have it be a typo. It’s not all just about letter placement.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Oh shit! Mac is running again for 2012 with talk like that.

Where’s the bourbon?

Sapwolf on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

The only thing Isreal could do for the region si give up, get up, and get out IMO.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

you just want to see the jews dead…you anti-semitic wacko.

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Hmmm… I might give Nixon the nod for worst, with Jimmy right behind. Ed, I think you wrote something along those lines awhile back. And Buchanan was was far worse than Pierce.

Carter is by far the worst ex-President, however.

irishspy on September 18, 2009 at 4:29 PM

them middle east was christian before the muslims hordes STOLE IT FROM US…

but you don’t want the muslims to give it back…no surprise there…

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:29 PM

We must nurture him, and allow him to grow into the proper libtard he was born to be. Then we will ridicule him.

BobMbx on September 18, 2009 at 4:15 PM

Let us know when he is out of the molting stage, OK?

Red State State of Mind on September 18, 2009 at 4:29 PM

you just want to see the jews dead…you anti-semitic wacko.

right4life on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

I don’t want to see anyone dead, that is why I am in favor of a foreign policy of freedom where we cut off aid to everybody.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:30 PM

you can leave an extra word in there and have it be a typo. It’s not all just about letter placement.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Typing “the” twice, yes.

Typing “what” instead of “that”, yes.

Adding a word on that explicitly shows you’re a holocaust denier, not so much.

You’re a dirtball. Again, at least own up to your opinions.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:37 PM

I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Ulysses S. Grant as an all-time worst president. Until Nixon came along his administration pretty much wrote the book on corruption. Hell, Grant had to dump his own Vice-President from the ticket in the election of 1872 after the guy got indicted for taking bribes while Speaker of the House. Plus, Grant’s own brother was in charge of the Bureau of Indian Affairs and stole the place blind. This led to the numerous Indian wars that occurred during Grant’s term.

Percy_Peabody on September 18, 2009 at 4:38 PM

1. Carter
2. FDR
3. LBJ
4. Wilson
5. Harding
6. JFK

Haunches on September 18, 2009 at 4:41 PM

Thought we were limited to the 20th century

Haunches on September 18, 2009 at 4:42 PM

You’re a dirtball. Again, at least own up to your opinions.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:37 PM

You know what, take some of my choice posts that you might even have saved and email them to Ed Morrissey or Allah. They wouldn’t tolerate real antisemitism on their site, so let them decide. There’s a reason I’m still here, and it’s because there’s not an antisemitic bone on my body or post in this forum. If there was, I’d have to post elsewhere. So deal with that, smearer.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Why should they have to give up for peace when it is their land. The only thing Isreal could do for the region si give up, get up, and get out IMO.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

So peace means the people I don’t like just have to leave.

Great strategy man! Keep the brilliant ideas coming.

Scrappy on September 18, 2009 at 4:47 PM

I’m just pointing out what their agenda seems to be what with the merciless Israeli expansion of settlements into other territory.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM

In Jordan? Lebanon?

daesleeper on September 18, 2009 at 4:47 PM

There’s a reason I’m still here, and it’s because there’s not an antisemitic bone on my body or post in this forum. If there was, I’d have to post elsewhere. So deal with that, smearer.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Despite all the examples given.

Like Van Jones, you believe you are smeared when your own words are repeated to you. PATHETIC.

Scrappy on September 18, 2009 at 4:48 PM

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Is it a smear to believe you are racist? The link to your name surely supports the assertion and anti-semite logically follows.

rukiddingme on September 18, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Kinda hard keeping your story straight?

tom on September 18, 2009 at 4:10 PM

I’m just pointing out what their agenda seems to be what with the merciless Israeli expansion of settlements into other territory.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:16 PM

It’s the over-the-top rhetoric that gives away the anti-semitism. You said, and I quote:

And Israel is not making a secret that they want everyone else’s land in that region at least.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

The disputed areas are only two: the West Bank, and Gaza. Since Israel wound up with the land when the Arab countries around them decided to gang up and attack Israel, it seems fairly obvious that the Arab nations lost the land in a war they initiated.

And since they’ve shown a willingness to attack Israel over the entire history of the nation, Israel would have to be very foolish to give up any land they need as a buffer area to enemies that would use it to launch another invasion.

Seriously, that would take an Obama-level of stupidity.

tom on September 18, 2009 at 4:49 PM

Trust me, I’ve pointed it out plenty:

Hate is a strong word. I don’t personally hate Jews, I just detest their behavior…

The Dean on March 18, 2009 at 3:28 PM

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Richard Nixon does not belong on the list. While he may rate as the worst republican president, his cardinal crime was loyalty to people unworthy of it.

darktood on September 18, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Is it a smear to believe you are racist? The link to your name surely supports the assertion and anti-semite logically follows.

rukiddingme on September 18, 2009 at 4:49 PM

One also wonders about his “King Lincoln” implication.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:53 PM

you can leave an extra word in there and have it be a typo. It’s not all just about letter placement.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:28 PM

Hilter did some bad things probably

“probably” Is a word that I cannot imagine anywhere that sentence to mean anything other than what people here are saying. You typed it with intention to mean something and forgtot to take it out. It may have been a typo in the loosest form of the word, but it very clearly shows your true intentions that you mistakeny didn’t do a very good job of hiding. If you want to make some stupiud story about it being some sort of editing mistake, please explain how the word “probably” could have fit into that context in an innocous way prior to your wanting to take it out.

People imagine other’s to say “boy” where there is no evidence and libtards eat it up. You actually say sh*t and act like it was never there.

Once again, PATHETIC.

Scrappy on September 18, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Three worst presidents of the 20th century, Wilson, FDR, and Carter. And this may be mean, but at least FDR and Wilson didn’t hang around to make complete fools of themselves and continue to try to destroy the country.

Deanna on September 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM

with the merciless Israeli expansion of settlements into other territory.

There was an idiot on here yesterday that didn’t seem to understand why Israel expanded. I think the public education libtards were never taught why they expanded just that they did. They also don’t know the history of the region. They only know what their censored text books and lefty professors have told them. It’s sad really and STUPID.

Haunches on September 18, 2009 at 5:01 PM

forgtot

and

mistakeny

Scrappy on September 18, 2009 at 5:00 PM

Look at that I made two typos. And somehow they can’t be twisted into making the post mean something else entirely.

Scrappy on September 18, 2009 at 5:03 PM

Do we even know how many countries the U.S. is occupying?

You mean like the Philippines? Oh, wait, they asked us to leave and we did. Is that the kind of “occupation” you’re talking about? Or are you talking about the countries in Europe that are “occupied” by the graveyards of American servicemen who died to keep them free?

Socratease on September 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM

One also wonders about his “King Lincoln” implication.

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:53 PM

Agreed. I must say you have been hammering it hard.
Hopefully it is gone, but in a sadistic way I think it enjoys the beating.

rukiddingme on September 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Trust me, I’ve pointed it out plenty:

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 4:53 PM

And the moderators didn’t do anything because it is a legitimate statement without antisemitism.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Wow! McCain has done a lot to tick off conservatives, as I’m sure he will again at some point, but more power to him here. I’ve been waiting forever for Republicans to grow a pair and call Carter out for the pathetically inept and miserable president that he was. A failure of that magnitude, particularly one who embraces the worst the world has to offer, has no business lecturing anyone about anything.

Erich66 on September 18, 2009 at 5:08 PM

Well he has competition now! Will zero surpass him in being the worst president? I guess time will tell.

Brat4life on September 18, 2009 at 2:20 PM

It’s not the 20th century anymore silly. Set your watch.

joe_doufu on September 18, 2009 at 5:09 PM

And the moderators didn’t do anything because it is a legitimate statement without antisemitism.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM

Your entire argument is aren’t antisemetic because you have not been banned for it (yet)?

Scrappy on September 18, 2009 at 5:20 PM

Let’s change the parameter to “the worst president anyone can remember”.

Haunches on September 18, 2009 at 5:25 PM

He thinks it’s not antisemitic because he is differentiating between jews and Israel. The Muslims don’t differentiate. I can’t figure out why American jews keep voting left. It’s like “Poles for Obama”.

Haunches on September 18, 2009 at 5:28 PM

It also took Dubya only nine months to allow 3,000 Americans to be murdered on American soil while he chose to go fishin’ instead. So overall, we win. Again.

dcwvu343 on September 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

No, you lose, because the training for those attacks started 5 years before Chimoy took office, and besides, they weren’t supposed to happen on his watch. The only reason they did was because Atta told Ozzie they needed more training time.

But leaving those inconvenient truths aside for a moment, please amuse us by telling us exactly how Bush could have prevented 9/11 from happening.

Del Dolemonte on September 18, 2009 at 5:33 PM

And the moderators didn’t do anything because it is a legitimate statement without antisemitism.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 5:04 PM

They didn’t do anything because it’s not explicitly anti-semitic. You’re riding the line of “Now, I’m not saying…but…”

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 5:34 PM

Do we even know how many countries the U.S. is occupying? It’s well over a hundred at this point.

Dean Wormer on September 18, 2009 at 3:54 PM

1. We are “occupying” the countries we have bases in as a result of treaties.

2. Please name these “100 countries”.

Del Dolemonte on September 18, 2009 at 5:37 PM

It also took Dubya only nine months to allow 3,000 Americans to be murdered on American soil while he chose to go fishin’ instead. So overall, we win. Again.

dcwvu343 on September 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

So you blame Clinton for the first WTC bombing? and The U.S.S. COLE attack?

You win again right?

Scrappy on September 18, 2009 at 5:44 PM

To John McCain I quote John McClane:

“Welcome to the party, pal!”

Wish he had been this blunt about things last year.

SD on September 18, 2009 at 3:49 PM

He was, he was just drowned out by shrill, hysterical idiots who want blog-hits and don’t mind if the country gets sodomized as long as they can sell books on the right and shrill idiots who want to sodomize the country on the left.

End result was all the idiots were on the same page and we got Obama.

Boxy_Brown on September 18, 2009 at 5:51 PM

Why should they have to give up for peace when it is their land. The only thing Isreal could do for the region si give up, get up, and get out IMO.

The Dean on September 18, 2009 at 4:27 PM

Idiot. Who gives these people computers? And food?

Boxy_Brown on September 18, 2009 at 5:56 PM

As Lew Rockwell likes to say: Carter was the least evil president of the 20th century though.

Perhaps not the best, but he was the least evil one of them.

Spathi on September 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

As Lew Rockwell likes to say:

Spathi on September 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

“Hitler was misunderstood.”

MadisonConservative on September 18, 2009 at 6:10 PM

McCain, get Yimmy Carter to help you build the g**damned fence?

try again later on September 18, 2009 at 7:26 PM

Obama is really in the lead right now for the worst American president. He has combined the administrations and qualities of both Nixon and Carter into one!

MeAlice on September 18, 2009 at 7:35 PM

Carter sucked HARD but I have to go with FDR. His programs have been integral in the slow process of bankrupting us. His effects have been far more lasting.

MannyT-vA on September 18, 2009 at 7:45 PM

Carter is doing new damage to America even after being ovewhelmingly rejected. Definitely the worst.

Reality Check on September 18, 2009 at 7:51 PM

Woodrow Wilson was. Carter’s screwups were pretty much reversible. The significance of your screwups and “successes” should be taken into account.

LevStrauss on September 18, 2009 at 2:22 PM

Wilson’s a close second. But Carter’s presidency makes the sinking of the Titanic look like a day at Fiesta Texas. Jimmy Failure takes the big prize.

SagebrushPuppet on September 18, 2009 at 8:05 PM

No disagreement from me, I’ve been making that same claim about Carter for years. Obama will easily take the 21st. century, since he is beginning to make Carter look like a statesman.

Webrider on September 18, 2009 at 2:25 PM

Then Carter opens his mouth and we’re back to square one.

SagebrushPuppet on September 18, 2009 at 8:07 PM

McCain: Carter worst president in 20th century

Ahhhh, Juan McVain, you coulda been a contender.

Branch Rickey on September 18, 2009 at 8:09 PM

Oh jeesh. Let the old man alone. Seriously.

I have never even really like Carter, although I voted for him.

But you guys are going to turn me into some kind of idiotic defender here!

HE’S AN OLD MAN.

AnninCA on September 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM

He’s an old man who needs to learn when to keep his trap shut.

It’s not like I’m going over to his house and kicking his cane out from under him.

I thought about it, though.

SagebrushPuppet on September 18, 2009 at 8:11 PM

If only the traitor Juan McSwain had won the election Carter would be the second worst president in american history.

John McCain take your mentally challenged daughter and go to hell, there you can get in touch with your base you yellow traitor.

Jerricho68 on September 18, 2009 at 8:14 PM

Thank you Weasel-boy for stating the ridiculously obvious.

While you’re at it do you have any harsh critique to make about any other recent Democrat presidents like FDR, how about Harry Truman ?? Or maybe 10 years from now you will get around to campaigning against Bill Clinton. Man, the GOP desperately needs a conservative with stones.

What. A. Joke

cableguy615 on September 18, 2009 at 8:15 PM

My goodness, there’s a fat lot of idiots commenting around here these days.

I’m not particularly a McCain fan, though I contributed to his campaign in the last election, but in this case he’s 100% right.

Carter needs to spend the rest of his natural life on a quiet, comfortable, and completely unwired island with Ramsay Clark and a few other selected aging crackpots.

JEM on September 18, 2009 at 8:18 PM

But I’d agree with McCain that Carter has the 20th century title locked up

I disagree. I think FDR did much more long term damage. Also, everyone forgets Nixon. Like The Shrub, Nixon was strong on defense and a lib on everything else. He signed the EPA, OSHA, and several other left wing wet dreams into law.

Worst of 20th Century:

1.FDR
2.Carter
3.Nixon
4.LBJ
5.Wilson
6.Kennedy

bill30097 on September 18, 2009 at 8:21 PM

This is the kind of straight talk that I enjoy from John McCain, and I respect his bluntness. Once upon a time, I thought that Carter was a horrible president, but I felt that he had several redeeming personal qualities. However, in recent years, he seems to be frantic to rewrite history and his legacy. I can no longer see even a glimmer of his better qualities now.

conservative_in_texas on September 18, 2009 at 8:22 PM

As Lew Rockwell likes to say: Carter was the least evil president of the 20th century though.

Perhaps not the best, but he was the least evil one of them.

Spathi on September 18, 2009 at 6:01 PM

In what way was Ford evil?

James Polk started a war of conquest over a lie, tried to extend slavery into the West, and sent Scott to Veracruz because Taylor was of the other party and Polk wouldn’t let him win the war.

Chris_Balsz on September 18, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Oh jeesh. Let the old man alone. Seriously.

I have never even really like Carter, although I voted for him.

But you guys are going to turn me into some kind of idiotic defender here!

HE’S AN OLD MAN.

AnninCA on September 18, 2009 at 2:26 PM

a hateful nasty old man

bill30097 on September 18, 2009 at 8:22 PM

Once in a while, McCain is right. McCain is right about Carter. Even Carter was better than Obama is.

BottomLine5 on September 18, 2009 at 8:25 PM

Carter was the only American President to be attacked by a rabbit.

J_Crater on September 18, 2009 at 8:28 PM

Uhhhhh, JEM I think most of us “idiots” here are in total agreement with McCain also. He was arguably the worst and most dangerous prez of C20.

The point I think most here are trying to make is
A) Why does he have to wait until “Smiley the Peanut Fawmah” has become an easy target, now taking heat from the WH about going over board with the “Tea parties are racists” comments.

B) What is the point of busting on a president who hasn’t been in the WH in almost 30 years?? What possible purpose would it serve except to try and “flex” his conservative muscle, which most of us saw right through long before the election?

He is completely irrelevant. Both him and Carter are. They should both just fade away into the sunset.

cableguy615 on September 18, 2009 at 8:32 PM

McCain should know, he was close personal friends with every president since Grover Cleveland.

portlandon on September 18, 2009 at 2:40 PM

I heard it was Millard Fillmore.

SagebrushPuppet on September 18, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Revolution is Coming to America!!

It could be either side that starts it, but the country is becoming more divided, not less. Politicians (both parties) receive corporate campaign donations. Well, corporations have board of directors who are foreigners so we actually have foreigners, via campaign contributions, deciding America’s political campaigns & future. Both sides are guilty.

I also read the underground book & it was great!! Read it & see how a small town (maybe your town) stands up to decade career politicians & Federal tyranny & start the 2nd American Revolution. I bought 2 for my friends. It changed my outlook on what is really happening in America.

This may be the only time in your life that you can ‘make your history & leave a legacy for your grandchildren’. Take a stand and step into the streets as the book shows!
(booksbyoliver.com)

ctcb05 on September 18, 2009 at 8:33 PM

Memo to John McCain: Thanks for the update, Captain Obvious.

SagebrushPuppet on September 18, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Of any nation, ever.

hawksruleva on September 18, 2009 at 8:37 PM

Gee, thanks captain obvious!

conservnut on September 18, 2009 at 2:51 PM

Oh, Darn! You beat me too it! I didn’t know when I posted!

OK, I’ll refer to McCain as “Senator Obvious.”

SagebrushPuppet on September 18, 2009 at 8:40 PM

t also took Dubya only nine months to allow 3,000 Americans to be murdered on American soil while he chose to go fishin’ instead. So overall, we win. Again.

dcwvu on September 18, 2009 at 3:14 PM

you mean it only took bin ladens’ goons 9 months to exploit the sad state of intelligence affairs that bj clinton had in place after 8 years, huh?

ndanielson on September 18, 2009 at 8:45 PM

Once in awhile McCain says something that actually makes me think he has a pair.

infidel4life on September 18, 2009 at 3:07 PM

And then he starts his next sentence with “My friends,” and we’re all the way back to square one.

SagebrushPuppet on September 18, 2009 at 8:47 PM

Thank you John. Better late than never. Now organize some serious resistance to these animals in Washington and we’ll attack and destroy the Useful Idiots out here on the battlefield. And remember… we are playing by their rules this time… everything goes… everything.

ronnyraygun on September 18, 2009 at 8:49 PM

Good thing he qualified that with ‘in the 20th century.’

James on September 18, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Thank you John McCain for stating the obvious truth. Now just go away. Before you decide to kick us in the teeth with your bi-partisan garbage let me just say that you were the worst candidate we ran for Presidential election.

Jimmy Carter was never relevant. Not even when he was POTUS. Remember this Democrat Superstar’s books are endorsed by Osama Bin Laden.

antisocial on September 18, 2009 at 8:54 PM

OH MY GOSH! Was that ever worth clicking the dealy or what!

That was about the funniest thing ever.

petunia on September 18, 2009 at 8:55 PM

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