Stirling Newberry has a stimulating post entitled New Entrant For Worst. President. Ever (h/t Ian Welsh.) He gives a robust review of the major challenges (manufactured or otherwise) that were faced during the march of American history, and a mostly fair appraisal of how they were met by our "deciders." There is much to agree with, and whether or not you think (as I now do) that Obama is a candidate for unseating, say, GWB from this throne, it's a worthwhile read.
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I've noticed that recently, for whatever reason, traffic has risen to this post of mine. This is, of course, embarrassing.