The worst president ever

Drudge quotes Jonathan Chait:

In a LA TIMES column, Jonathan Chait blasts: “To say that I consider Bush a ‘bad’ president would be a severe understatement. I think he’s bad in a way that redefines my understanding of the word ‘bad.’

“I used to think U.S. history had many bad presidents. Now, my ‘bad’ category consists entirely of George W. Bush, with every previous president redefined as ‘good.’

Now, I think it’s pretty clear that I’m no Bush fan, nor will I be voting for him this November, but I don’t think he’s in the worst five at this point. Worse presidents, in declining order of awfulness, were:

Franklin Delano Roosevelt

Abraham Lincoln

Ronald Reagan

Woodrow Wilson

Richard Nixon

Relax, I’m totally kidding about the one in the middle. But Jimmy Carter was definitely worse than W, as was Lyndon Baines Johnson. I do think W is worse than Clinton, but only because Bill was hamstrung by the once-Republican Congress and distracted by other matters.