Rating the presidents

Anti-intellectualism is one of the leitmotifs of our present circumstance.

We have no use for experts, no time for careful thought, no patience for sifting evidence and no interest in nuance.

While we have not yet adopted Mao’s practice of sentencing thinking people to re-education camps in the wilderness, our president has begun to emulate the Chinese dictator by labeling some as “enemies” of the people.

With that in mind, and since we’re all still winding down from our bacchanalian celebrations of Presidents Day, I thought it might be interesting to compare the public’s evaluations of our presidents to those of C-SPAN’s panel of some 90 presidential historians. CONT.

Mark Mellman (Mellman Group), The Hill