The President Without a Party

Michael Kazin, Member in the School of Social Science, examines the shortcomings of Jimmy Carter's single-term presidency, writing:

“Once Carter moved into the White House, the erstwhile nuclear engineer and peanut producer proved to be an absolutely wretched politician. His campaign had promised 'A government as good as its people,' as enticingly hollow a specimen of soft populism as has ever been concocted. Yet he had no idea how to translate even that anodyne pledge into anything resembling an attractive set of policies or a governing coalition that would support and defend them.”

Read more at the Nation or listen to his analysis on the Start Making Sense podcast.