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One of the strengths of our two party system has been that essentially every person to be nominated as his party's standard bearer has been temperamentally suited to be President. I think that cuts across both parties, and pretty much covers even our two more recent, more controversial Presidents, Messrs Clinton and Bush.

Carter, however, shows the danger of weird pockets of history. In more "normal" times, the Democrats would have nominated Scoop Jackson, Humphrey again, something like that. Decent or not, Carter is probably the only *candidate* from the series of Federalist/Democratic, Whig/Democratic, or Republican/Democratic candidates in the history of the US who was temperamentally unsuited. There's an old saying that very few great men were good men... I think this proves that a good man can be an appalling and abysmal leader, and far from a great man.
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