Phi Beta Cons

Foner Home

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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