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Ranking the Presidents

Members of the American Political Science Association attempted to tell us something about the presidents. Instead, they told us much about themselves.

Specifically, they announced that the 170 members who ranked the presidents in its 2018 Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey lean far to the left.

Just five percent of respondents identified as conservatives (with an additional 12 percent calling themselves “somewhat conservative”). A majority of respondents fell into the liberal/somewhat liberal categories.

A list compiled by a more balanced group might place Calvin Coolidge and Grover Cleveland in the top third, push Woodrow Wilson and Lyndon Johnson into the bottom half, and regard Jimmy Carter’s administration as a failed presidency rather than a merely mediocre, middling one. Unsurprisingly, the political scientists dubbed Donald Trump the worst and Barack Obama one of the best.

Here is the group’s list:

1. Lincoln
2. Washington
3. FDR
4. Jefferson
5. TR
6. Truman
7. Eisenhower
8. Obama
9. Reagan
10. LBJ
11. Wilson
12. Madison
13. Clinton
14. J. Adams
15. Jackson
16. JFK
17. G.H.W. Bush
18. Monroe
19. McKinley
20. Polk
21. Grant
22. Taft
23. JQA
24. Cleveland
25. Ford
26. Carter
27. Van Buren
28. Coolidge
29. Hayes
30. G.W. Bush
31. Arthur
32. B. Harrison
33. Nixon
34. Garfield
35. Taylor
36. Hoover
37. Tyler
38. Filmore
39. Harding
40. Johnson
41. Pierce
42. W. H. Harrison
43. Buchanan
44. Trump

Daniel J. Flynn
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Daniel J. Flynn, a senior editor of The American Spectator, is the author of Cult City: Harvey Milk, Jim Jones, and 10 Days That Shook San Francisco (ISI Books, 2018), The War on Football (Regnery, 2013), Blue Collar Intellectuals (ISI Books, 2011), A Conservative History of the American Left (Crown Forum, 2008), Intellectual Morons (Crown Forum, 2004), and Why the Left Hates America (Prima Forum, 2002). His articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, Boston Globe, New York Post, City Journal, National Review, and his own website, www.flynnfiles.com.   
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