Miserable Failure

From Holden:

That’s the judgement of history on Chimpy’s presidency.

If his presidency ended now, Republican George W. Bush would go down in history as a failure, according to a majority of college history and political science professors surveyed nationwide.

And, 67 percent of the 744 professors responding to the survey conducted by Siena College’s Research Institute said they doubted Bush “has a realistic chance of improving his rating” during his remaining time in office.


“While time is needed to fairly and accurately gauge how well any president ranks with his predecessors, George W. Bush starts with a ranking that could hardly be lower,” said Thomas Kelly, professor emeritus of American studies at Siena.

The Bush standing among the professors has, like his public opinion poll ratings, dropped dramatically since the days following Sept. 11, 2001, and the problems following the Iraq invasion.

In Siena’s 2002 ranking of all the nation’s 42 presidents, Bush came in mid-pack at No. 23, one spot behind his father.

“That was shortly after 9/11,” said Douglas Lonnstrom, director of Siena’s research institute. “Clearly, the professors do not think things have gone well for him in the past few years.”

Of those professors responding to the survey in February, 58 percent said that if the Bush presidency were to end now it would be rated a failure while 24 percent said it would rate “below average.” Two percent said it would rate as “great” while another 5 percent said “near great.” Eleven percent said the Bush presidency would rate “average.”