At a town hall rally in Reading, Pennsylvania, yesterday, Barack Obama said that any of the remaining presidential candidates, including John McCain, would be a better president than George W. Bush. Hillary Clinton pounced. “We need a nominee who will take on John McCain, not cheer on John McCain,” she said at a rally in Johnstown.
But even setting aside Clinton’s earlier praise for McCain’s readiness to serve as Commander-In-Chief, it’s a stretch to accuse Obama of cheering McCain on. After all, 61 percent of 109 historians recently surveyed by the History News Network said they considered George W. Bush the worst president ever.
John McCain almost certainly would be a better president, but that’s hardly high praise.