They don’t make ’em like they used to

Aaron David Miller, in an interesting editorial, identifies five factors that make it difficult for modern presidents to achieve greatness.  Noting that most “great” presidents are the ones who held office during periods of crisis, he argues that modern crises have not created opportunities for politicians to shine.  America has had its share of tough spots in recent years, “but none that have been inescapable, relentless, and nation-encumbering,” like that faced by Lincoln.

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