The big game

English: Official photograph portrait of forme...

English: Official photograph portrait of former U.S. President George W. Bush. Português: Foto oficial de George W. Bush, presidente dos Estados Unidos da América. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Every four years, administration teams play a game of football to determine which team represents the worst president in US history. The winning team is awarded the Black Cup, for Buchanan’s Attorney General Jeremiah S. Black, which it retains until the next game to be played by a team representing a president who has completed a full four or eight year term. If a president has not served a full term, then there is no game played that year. The first game was played between teams representing Presidents Pierce and Buchanan in 1860. That game was won by the Buchanan administration and the Buchanan team went undefeated for 148 years until it was defeated by the George W. Bush team in 2008.

There were several close games in the years that followed 1860. The Grant team managed to send the game into overtime in 1876. The Harding team was expected to perform well in 1924, but Harding passed away in 1923. Hoover gave Buchanan a rough time in 1932. Because of WW2, no game was played in 1944, and FDR was too ill to participate anyway. George W. Bush gave the Buchanan team a scare in 2004, but Buchanan maintained his undefeated, untied string of victories until being blown away in 2008. Bush won easily in 2012. The GOP are trash talking President Obama now for the 2016 game. However, if they succeed in impeaching him, there will be no game in 2016. That will mean the next game to determine the worst president will be held in 2020. George, your possession of the Black Cup is secure for now.

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Who’s counting?

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: philomythus)

The four years of President Obama’s first term are nearly over, and the GOP-inflicted pain that many of the 99% have suffered and lived through or not depending on the state of their health insurance coverage is just prelude to the four years of Obama’s second term, if the GOP have their way. And that’s not even counting the damage the GOP did to the people of the US and to the people of the rest of the world during GW Bush’s eight years in office. Eight Bush years and four Obama years make twelve years of GOP-inflicted harm. Does anyone in their right mind doubt that the GOP will try to extend their streak by four more years during Obama’s second term making a total of sixteen straight years of GOP ignoring the will of the people?

Rule of thumbs

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo portrait.

Dwight D. Eisenhower photo portrait. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As a rule of thumb, the presidential candidate with the shorter name generally wins. There are exceptions caused by economic conditions, and the candidate with the longer thumb has an advantage. Let us examine relatively recent history beginning with the 1952 election.

It was Eisenhower(10) versus Stevenson(9) in 1952 and 1956. The advantage should have gone to Stevenson, but Eisenhower ran as Ike(3) and won twice.

In 1960, the contest was between Nixon(5) and Kennedy(7). Nixon should have been victorious in a close race, but the election was stolen for Kennedy.

In 1964, Johnson(7) defeated Goldwater(9).

In 1968, Nixon(5) defeated Humphrey(8).

In 1972, Nixon(5) won again defeating McGovern(8) by a landslide.

1976 was an exception partly due to the economy. Ford(4) lost to Carter(6).

In 1980, Reagan(6) defeated Carter(6) due to the economy.

Then in 1984, Reagan(6) was re-elected defeating Mondale(7).

In 1988, Bush(4) defeated Dukakis(7).

In 1992, because of the economy Bush(4) lost to Clinton(7).

Again because of the economy, Clinton(7) was re-elected defeating Dole(4) in 1996.

2000 was a very close election, with Bush(4) being elected over Gore(4) thanks to the US Supreme Court.

In 2004, Bush(4) defeated Kerry(5).

In 2008, Obama(5) defeated McCain(6).

In 2012, Obama(5) will defeat Romney(6) despite a weak economy. Obama has the additional advantage this year of the longer thumb. Having shaken his hand with my eyes wide open, I sincerely doubt that Mitt can match him.

THUMBS RULE

P. S. Perhaps the GOP should nominate Herman Cain(4) or Ron Paul(4) to run against President Obama(5).