Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Most-qualified presidential candidate ever?

We've heard for a while from certain people that Hillary Clinton was the most-qualified presidential candidate in our great nation's history. Somehow there were lots of her supporters who were able to keep a straight face while saying this, so I'll assume they were sincere. But, if they were sincere, then they were instead blindingly ignorant of US history.

I have often tweeted a list of more-qualified candidates, so I decided to just post them here to save time later. Note that I am restricticting myself to just the post-war period. My view is that Clinton was more qualified than only two candidates of the era: Obama and Trump, but the list below is limited to those who were inarguably more qualified the first time they ran. Note that making the list does not make one a good candidate, simply a qualified one based on prior experience.

Truman, Dewey, Eisenhower, Nixon, Goldwater, Johnson, Humphrey, McGovern, Ford, Reagan, Mondale, GHW Bush, Dole, Gore, Kerry, McCain, Romney.

So, best case is 18th most qualified in the post-war era.