2018 Midterm Analysis

The 2018 Election has been called a “Blue Wave” by most analysts, despite Democrats losing two seats in the US Senate. Democrats gained 40 US Reps to retake control of the US House. They also gained six governors. Election day trickery by some Republicans arguably denied victories in Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, and possibly in other states. 

I have analyzed every wave election since the 1994 Newt Gingrich-led “Contract with America,” which saw Republicans gain the US House for the first time since 1952. Along with the 1994 Election, the 2006, 2008, 2010, and 2018 elections are undeniably waves. 

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Ranking Andrew Jackson

Here’s my blog on Andrew Jackson, a president much in decline in presidential rankings, despite the current president’s fascination with the man. Jackson’s presidency is actually a mixed bag, and this blog attempts to give Jackson credit when it can, despite my personal dislike of Jackson’s presidency. 

Ranking John Quincy Adams

Here’s my blog on John Quincy Adams, a potentially grand president who was stifled by the a Congress that didn’t share his foresight. Unfortunately, great ideas do not translate to a great presidency unless the ideas come to fruition. 

Ranking James Monroe

Today’s blog responds to James Monroe. In the course of my lifetime Monroe has moved up and down in my personal ranking since there are so many ways to evaluate his impact on both foreign policy and on the slavery issue. My most current analysis is below. 

Check my previous posts to find the rankings of previous presidents. 

Ranking James Madison

Today’s blog responds to James Madison. I find Madison to be one of the most overrated presidents, and I give many reasons for this below. 

Ranking Thomas Jefferson

Today’s blog looks at Thomas Jefferson’s presidency. Check my previous posts to find the rankings for Washington and the first Adams. 

Thomas Jefferson 3rd President (1801-1809)

Score: 81/120 total points (67.5% ideal)

Ranking John Adams

Adams, a Federalist, inherited “non-partisan” Washington’s exclusively Federalist Party cabinet. Adams, who was something of an independent moderate, saw Alexander Hamilton’s existing influence on his cabinet members as a major drag on his presidency.  Hamilton demanded Adams to use him and his cronies as key advisers for their party’s policy just as Washington had, but Adams proved to be less malleable.

Ranking George Washington

I will be ranking all of the US presidents individually in my next series of blogs. I will conduct this chronologically. 

Is Donald Trump the Worst President in US History?

I think it is fair to judge Donald Trump’s presidency now that Trump’s presidency has far exceeded the length of William Henry Harrison’s presidency, allowing some time for him to make an impact on our country.

Presidential Luck in Supreme Court Nominations

The following is quasi-scientific and quasi-arbitrary metric for judging historical presidential luck in Supreme Court nominations. I have created a system to attribute points or negative points to each justice nominated in US history. Just below, you will see my point system. Obviously, active and pending judges can still alter the cumulative points of the president who appointed them to the Supreme Court.