The Greatest and Worst Presidents in History

A new Siena poll of 238 presidential scholars ranks the top presidents in American history: Franklin Roosevelt, Theodore Roosevelt, Abraham Lincoln, George Washington and Thomas Jefferson.

“Teddy Roosevelt had, more than any other president the ‘right stuff’, and tops the collective ranking of a cluster of personal qualities including imagination, integrity, intelligence, luck, background, and being willing to take risks. Lincoln, according to the experts, demonstrated the greatest presidential abilities while FDR ranks first in overall accomplishments.”

The bottom five: Andrew Johnson, James Buchanan, Warren G. Harding, Franklin Pierce and George W. Bush.

“Andrew Johnson leads the ‘worst ever’ in both abilities and accomplishments finishing below both Buchanan and Harding, but Harding tops the worst in personal attributes including integrity where he finishes just slightly ahead of Richard M. Nixon.” Bush was rated “especially poorly in handling the economy, communication, ability to compromise, foreign policy accomplishments and intelligence.”

For more, see the complete rankings by six personal attributes (background, imagination, integrity, intelligence, luck and willingness to take risks), five forms of ability (compromising, executive, leadership, communication and overall) and eight areas of accomplishment including economic, other domestic affairs, working with Congress and their party, appointing Supreme Court justices and members of the executive branch, avoiding mistakes and foreign policy.

Spitzer for Mayor?

The New York Post floats the idea that former New York Gov. Eliot Spitzer (D) will use his new television show to repair his reputation and run for public office again.

Said the source: “He thinks that after he’s on air a few months, he’ll become a familiar face and the scandal will fade away. His plan is to run for mayor when Mike Bloomberg’s third term ends in 2013.”

Independents Shift Towards Republicans

A new Gallup poll shows independents favor a generic Republican congressional candidate over a generic Democratic candidate by 12 points, 46% to 34%.

Anaysis: “Independents’ preference for the Republican congressional candidate in their district has been consistent this year. Still, one in five independents remain undecided. The preferences of these voters, as well as which independents turn out on Election Day, will have a major impact on the direction and magnitude of seat change in the midterm elections.”

Republican Governors Report Massive Haul

The Republican Governors Association “brought in just under $19 million in the second quarter of 2010 and ended the month of June with $40 million in the bank,”Politico reports.

The impressive financial performance “will likely make the RGA, which does not operate under the same fundraising restrictions as federal campaign committees, better financed by far in the final four months of the campaign than the Republican National Committee, the National Republican Senatorial Committee and the National Republican Congressional Committee.”

DNC Picks Four Cities as Finalists to Host Convention

The Democratic National Committee is considering four cities as finalists to host the 2012 Democratic convention: St. Louis, Charlotte, Minneapolis, and Cleveland.

The Republican National Committee already chose Tampa for their convention.

Democrats will make their final decision “at some point before the end of the year,” a party official told CNN.

Pentagon Considers Medal of Honor for Living Soldier

The Pentagon has recommended that the White House consider awarding the Medal of Honor to a living soldier for the first time since the Vietnam War, the Washington Post reports.

The soldier “ran through a wall of enemy fire in Afghanistan’s Korengal Valley in fall 2007 in an attempt to push back Taliban fighters who were close to overrunning his squad. U.S. military officials said his actions saved the lives of about half a dozen men.”

Murray, Rossi Top Field in Washington

A new SurveyUSA poll in Washington finds Sen. Patty Murray (D) and challenger Dino Rossi (R) are positioned to win the state’s first open primary. Murray gets 37% support while Rossi gets 33%.

Said pollster Jay Leve: “It almost doesn’t matter whether Murray is a couple points ahead or a couple points behind or she’s right in there with Rossi. The two of them functionally are just so far ahead of everyone else that they should be perceived, at least in our reading of the data, as roughly even and together, likely to advance.”

There are 15 candidates on the vote-by-mail ballot and the top two finishers advance.

House Passes Bank Reform Bill

The House of Representatives agreed to “a sweeping rewrite of the nation’s financial regulations, moving the initiative one step closer to becoming law,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“Focus now shifts to the Senate, where questions linger about whether Democrats have nailed down enough support from the handful of Republicans needed to overcome a likely filibuster. The Senate won’t take up the bill until after the July 4 recess, creating an awkward pause in which the bill’s opponents will have one last chance to derail it.”

The New York Times notes that to “symbolize the importance of the bill,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi “personally gaveled the vote to a close, with 234 Democrats joined by three Republicans in favor; and 173 Republicans and 19 Democrats opposed.”

Police Will Investigate Gore Allegations

Police announced that they “will re-open and investigate a Portland massage therapist’s allegations that former Vice President Al Gore sexually assaulted her at a downtown hotel in October 2006,” the Portland Oregonian reports.

Said a Gore spokesman: “Further investigation into this matter will only benefit Mr. Gore.”

The moves comes as the woman told the National Enquirer that she demanded a full police investigation of her complaint. The woman is photographed holding the black pants she wore that night. She’s quoted saying she paid for a DNA analysis of a stain on the pants.

Boehner Not a Hard Worker

MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough said House Minority Leader John Boehner (R-OH) “is not a hard worker” and cuts out of the Capitol early for bar-hopping evenings in Washington, Politico reports.

Said Scarborough: “I hear it on the Hill. I’m sure you hear it on the Hill all the time. It’s not reported. But so many Republicans tell me this is a guy that is not the hardest worker in the world. After 5 o’clock, 6 o’clock at night, he’s disengaged at best. And you can see him around town. He does not have, let’s say, the work hours of Newt Gingrich.”

He added: “Nobody’s talking about it. Every Republican I talk to says John Boehner, by 5 or 6 o’clock at night, you can see him at bars. He is not a hard worker.”

Congressman Makes iPad History

Newly-elected Rep. Charles Djou (R-HI) made history by being the first Member of Congress to use an iPad during a floor speech.

Djou told CNN that the new tablet device allows him to make the most of his 12-hour, one-way commute to Hawaii.

Interestingly, House rules prohibit laptop computers but allow BlackBerrys and other PDA’s. They say nothing about the iPad.

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