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Top Presidents Review Part 1

Readers may recall that every so often I like to get a sense of how they rate the Presidents of the United States. This go-round, I am doing something a little different; I randomized the list and then cut them into sets of three. Each day I will ask you about two sets, in each set rank the presidents 1-2-3 within that set. Here are today's sets:

Set One
George Washington
Martin Van Buren
Richard Nixon


Set Two
Franklin Pierce
Lyndon Johnson
Andrew Jackson


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Set 1=====Was... (Below threshold)
Bill:

Set 1
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Washington
Nixon
Van Buren

Set 2
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Jackson
Pierce
Johnson

Set One:Washington... (Below threshold)
Mitch:

Set One:

Washington
Nixon
Van Buren

Set Two:

Jackson
Johnson
Pierce

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DaveD:

Washington
Van Buren
Nixon

Jackson
Johnson
Pierce

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scrub_oak:

Washington
Nixon
Van Buren

Jackson
Johnson
Pierce

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Set 1:

Washington
Van Buren
Nixon

Set 2 (and what a bunch of losers, except Jackson):

Jackson
Johnson
Pierce

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Rheinman:

Set One
George Washington
Martin Van Buren
Richard Nixon


Set Two
Andrew Jackson
Lyndon Johnson
Franklin Pierce

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_Mike_:

1)George Washington
Martin Van Buren
Richard Nixon

1)Andrew Jackson
Franklin Pierce
Lyndon Johnson

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kbiel Author Profile Page:

Set 1
Washington
Van Buren
Nixon

Set 2 (all losers, it hard to rank them)
Jackson
Pierce
Johnson

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Ken Hahn:

Set 1
Washington
Nixon
Van Buren
Set 2
Jackson
Andrew Johnson
Lyndon Johnson

Set #1 Nixon (Forget Waterg... (Below threshold)
Dennis P. Skea:

Set #1 Nixon (Forget Watergate, he was a great president for the time)
Set#2 Johnson???

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Todd:

Set 1
Washington
Nixon
Van Buren

Set 2
Jackson
Pierce
Johnson

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Andy T:

Set One:

Washington
Van Buren
Nixon

Set Two:

Jackson
Johnson
Pierce

van buren (great mutton cho... (Below threshold)
andy:

van buren (great mutton chops)
washington (never wanted to be a politician)
nixon (coulda been a contenda...)

jackson (he engaged in brawls)
pierce (he's from NH as am I)
johnson (the most evil man to ever hold the office. the true Great Satan)

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Arthur:

This is a fun way to do it. I'll play along


Set One
George Washington
Martin Van Buren
Richard Nixon

gw
rn
Mvb

GW #1 is easy.
RN #2 just because he was an adequate cold warrior so he's ahead of MVB
Mvb #3 Don't know anything about him so he's #3.

Set Two
Franklin Pierce
Lyndon Johnson
Andrew Jackson

AJ #1 just because he HAS to be better than the other two
FP Same as MVB, don't know much about him.
LBJ Arrrgh. One of the worst of all time.

No love for Tricky Dick?!</... (Below threshold)
hyperbolist:

No love for Tricky Dick?!

WashingtonNixon (Ope... (Below threshold)
galoob:

Washington
Nixon (Opening with China, detente with USSR eclipses Watergate)
Van Buren (not the worst pre-Civil War president, but not that great)

Set Two:

Jackson
Johnson (Civil Rights legacy)
Pierce (a do-nothing drunk slavery sympathizer whose lack of leadership one reason for Civil War)

1) Washington2) Nixo... (Below threshold)
Parthenon:

1) Washington
2) Nixon
3) Van Buren

1) Jackson
2) Johnson
3) Pierce

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Pam:

Set One easy:
GW
MVB

Set Two Not easy:
FP
LJ
AJ

I'll explain: Andrew Jackson was the first Demagogue Democrat; he developed the spoils system to reward his croonies; he had congress to pass the Force Bill, so SC would nullify tarrifs passed by the national congress. Some say he saved the union from civil war; I say he started the modern Democrat party down the path of corruption, and you would have had the big goverment LBJ if you hadn't had King Andrew!




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