July 9, 2013
The Most Effective Recent Presidents: George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter

No, you didn’t read that wrong: The hapless man from Plains and the man often ranked as one of the worst presidents in history are the two most effective Oval Office residents since Lyndon Johnson — at least according to one metric.
Looking through AEI and Brookings’ Vital Statistics on Congress (you can see 5 charts showing how big money created the most polarized Congress in a century here), I came across a fascinating table of data: “Presidential Victories on Votes in Congress, 1953-2012.” It’s a measure of how often Congress voted with the president divided by the number of votes on which he had taken a clear position. The results are rather surprising
Read more. [Image: Reuters]

The Most Effective Recent Presidents: George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter

No, you didn’t read that wrong: The hapless man from Plains and the man often ranked as one of the worst presidents in history are the two most effective Oval Office residents since Lyndon Johnson — at least according to one metric.

Looking through AEI and Brookings’ Vital Statistics on Congress (you can see 5 charts showing how big money created the most polarized Congress in a century here), I came across a fascinating table of data: “Presidential Victories on Votes in Congress, 1953-2012.” It’s a measure of how often Congress voted with the president divided by the number of votes on which he had taken a clear position. The results are rather surprising

Read more. [Image: Reuters]

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    Carter is one of the best US presidents, during and after office
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    to read later
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    A measure of effectiveness at winning votes ought to take into account whether the president’s party controlled one or...
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    So, we shouldn’t hate presidents as much as we hate congress.
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    The Most Effective Recent Presidents: George W. Bush and Jimmy Carter No, you didn’t read that wrong: The hapless man...
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    No no no, not in this world
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