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Eric Foner, professor of history at Columbia, plays professor of contemporary affairs in today’s Washington Post, where he displays the nonpartisan objectivity and supreme judiciousness that is a hallmark of the modern academy.
“Historians are loath to predict the future,” he writes. But there’s loathing and then there’s loathing:

In his first six years in office [Bush] has managed to combine the lapses of leadership, misguided policies and abuse of power of his failed predecessors. I think there is no alternative but to rank him as the worst president in U.S. history.

A companion article, by Vincent Cannato of the University of Massachusetts-Boston, actually tries to be level-headed (and succeeds). 

John J. Miller is the national correspondent for National Review and the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. His new book is Reading Around: Journalism on Authors, Artists, and Ideas.

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