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The worst president of the 20th century

Over at The Best Defense, Center for a New American Security fellow Tom Ricks asks readers earlier this week who the worst president of the twentieth century was.

The candidates, according to reader nominations, were: Woodrow Wilson, Warren Harding, Calvin Coolidge, Herbert Hoover, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan.

Today, the results are in. And it was a near tie. Guess who won? Lost. Whatever.

Allen McDuffee writes about politics and policy and covered think tanks for The Washington Post from 2011 to 2013. He freelances and hosts a podcast at and is currently working on a book about the influence of think tanks in Washington.
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