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1 Commentary on Presidential Bracketology / May Madness By Richard Schuldt (Director, UIS Survey Research Office) Likely Regional winners. Overall, the Number One seeds look like winners in each of their regions. Lincoln, Washington and FDR have to be prohibitive favorites in their respective regions. Jefferson is certainly a favorite to win his region, but watch out for Teddy Roosevelt. Lincoln, Washington and FDR are the cream of this crop of number one seeds. The Semi-finals. I d make Lincoln a very heavy favorite to get into the semi-finals, regardless of whether he goes against Jefferson or Teddy Roosevelt. What a match-up in the other semifinal with Washington going against FDR. Here I ll go with FDR, who had to face crises both internal (Depression) and external (World War II). The Final. I ll go with Lincoln as the favorite here over either FDR or Washington. I have to admit I m a bit biased, being from Illinois and now having lived in Springfield for 23 years. But I m also a Democrat who admires FDR greatly and I d still go with Lincoln over FDR. I m in the midst of reading Dorris Kearns Goodwin s Team of Rivals, and this only strengthens this prediction. Most important, saving the Union and ending slavery are huge accomplishments!!!!!! Interesting Possible Match-up s. Regardless of whether these match-up s actually occur, there are some very interesting possibilities in the brackets. In the Lincoln Region, Reagan could get a match-up with Coolidge, his favorite President. And, if Grant beats Nixon, Lincoln would get a match-up with his winning Civil War General. In the Jefferson Region, the obvious interesting match-up here is the #4 Adams / # 5 JQ Adams match-up. And if John Adams wins, he would almost certainly face his arch-rival and fellow Founding Father, Thomas Jefferson, in a replay of the 1800 presidential election match-up. In reality, the two ended up becoming friends and engaged in regular correspondence until they both died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826 the 50 th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence. (I always find that incredible!) In the Washington Region, the McKinley / Taft match-up is interesting. They have more in common than the Republican President between them, Theodore Roosevelt. (TR ended up on the McKinley ticket in 1900 when at least some New Yorkers wanted to get him out of New York, became President upon McKinley s assassination, basically anointed Taft as his successor, and then ran against Taft on the Bull Moose Progressive Party in 1912.) And, McKinley and Taft were both from Ohio. In the FDR Region, FDR could be matched up against JFK in the second round; and FDR could be matched up against Truman (FDR s selected Vice President in 1944) in the Regional Final. Presidential Bracketology Commentary page 1

2 Bracketology Commentary on: The Lincoln Region #8 Grant vs. #9 Nixon. What a match-up! And a close one as you might imagine with an 8 vs 9 contest. Grant s greatest service to the country certainly pre-dated his Presidency, as the winning General in the Civil War. As President, he presided over a corrupt administration, but this was more due to his subordinates than to his own inclination. Nixon had great accomplishments in both foreign policy (e.g., China) and in domestic policy (e.g., EPA and proposals in the areas of welfare and health care). But his duplicity, his direct involvement in tolerating / knowledge of violating the civil liberties of Americans, and his obstruction of justice could give him a loss in this contest. As evidence here, he is the only President who was basically forced to resign his Office (because of his loss of political support, even among staunch Republicans). #7 Coolidge vs. #10 Garfield. I ll go with Garfield in an upset here and not really close. Garfield did more in 1 ½ years in office (attacked corruption) before his assassination than Coolidge did in 5 years after Harding s death in office. Coolidge s biggest asset was his character, after the corrupt administration of Harding. Coolidge took daily naps and was a man of few words. A woman once told Coolidge at a party that she had bet a friend that she could get Coolidge to say more than two words; he responded, You lose. I predict the same for him. Lincoln wins easily over either Grant or Nixon. I ll take LBJ (#5 seed) in an upset over Monroe (#4). Monroe would have been the only candidate other than Washington to get a unanimous electoral college vote had it not been for one elector who wanted the honor to remain with Washington. And, as I remember, he was in office during the Era of Good Feelings. LBJ, on the other hand, was president during tumultuous times with the Vietnam War and urban riots. LBJ was a most tragic figure with his Vietnam War policy. But I ll go with LBJ here because of his domestic accomplishments with the Great Society and in the area of civil rights. His leadership of the passage of the Civil Rights legislation of 1964 and 1965 alone should get him a win in this contest. Add to that passage of Medicare and I think this gives him a good chance of a #5 seed upsetting a #4 seed, regardless of his tragic faults. #3 Eisenhower vs. #6 Clinton. Wow, this could be a tough contest! Clinton certainly accomplished more and generally presided over 8 years of prosperity and relative peace, but Eisenhower did end the Korean War. They certainly had different political styles and backgrounds. But, Fred Greenstein s analysis of Eisenhower s style claims that Ike was much more active behind the scenes than was apparent on the surface (e.g., much more active in opposing Senator Joe McCarthy than most thought). They certainly ended their Presidencies in differing fashions with Eisenhower giving a speech warning against a military-industrial complex and Clinton giving a slew of pardons (at least that s what I remember now and I liked Clinton). Nearly all would give Ike a clear edge in personal character (but be a bit careful here). If pushed, I ll go with Clinton in an upset. He should have won going away, but his personal behavior limited his successes and resulted in impeachment, although totally unwarranted in my viewpoint. Presidential Bracketology Commentary page 2

3 I ll take Reagan (#2) over either Garfield or Coolidge. Lincoln wins over LBJ or Monroe. Despite Reagan s #2 seed, watch out for either Clinton or Eisenhower here in a possible upset. But for those choosing today, only Clinton would really stand a chance of beating Reagan. (Democrats would go for Clinton while Republicans would go for Reagan while Reagan would be the predominant choice over Ike because of being more recent). The choice among the three is interesting and rather difficult with the three being the only American presidents in the last half of the 20 th century to serve two full terms. (Nixon was elected to but did not serve two full terms.) Reagan is often credited with policies leading to the downfall of the Soviet Union. And he certainly gave a memorable speech about Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this Wall. But he also presided over an Administration that traded arms for hostages ( I guess I did it ). A big question here will be whether Reagan is given credit for the Soviet Union s downfall or whether this is attributed more to the internal dynamics of the Soviet Union itself. Regional Final. Lincoln wins regardless of the opponent. The Jefferson Region #8 Hoover vs. #9 A. Johnson. Another good match-up, but I don t think Andrew Johnson can upset Hoover here. Hoover was hated by many Americans for a long time because of the Depression, but he actually advocated the greatest degree of federal government intervention up to that time (but not enough). #7 Ford vs. #10 Pierce. Ford gets a win here a decent guy who was the only unelected president/vice president. His pardon of Nixon in retrospect doesn t look so bad in terms of getting Watergate behind us. And, when far behind after facing a challenge from Reagan for the Republican nomination (neither had a majority after the primaries and heading into the Convention), he ran a great race against and almost beat Carter in Pierce, a true darkhorse candidate at the Convention, won initially in a close race and then was denied re-nomination. Jefferson should get an easy win over either Hoover or A. Johnson. Adams (#4) vs. JQ Adams (#5). I ll go with Adams because he was a Founding Father and the father of JQ Adams. But watch out for JQ, who has generally been an underrated president. #3 Cleveland vs. #6 G.H.W. Bush. Interesting match-up. I ll go with Cleveland because after he lost re-election, he came back and won a second term. ( Bush came back but unfortunately in the persona of his son.) I ll take Teddy Roosevelt (#2) over either Ford or Pierce. More dynamic; tackled the trusts; was a very good president. Presidential Bracketology Commentary page 3

4 Jefferson should score a win over either of the two Adams. Louisiana Purchase. Teddy Roosevelt should easily defeat either Cleveland or GHW Bush. Regional Final. Jefferson vs Teddy Roosevelt. I ll go with Jefferson in a close race. The Declaration of Independence certainly doesn t hurt Jefferson. Teddy Bears certainly don t hurt TR. The Washington Region #8 Carter vs. #9 Fillmore. I ll go with Carter here. Even if they are close in presidential performance, Carter s record as an ex-president will be a tie-breaker over that of Fillmore (who later ran on the Know-Nothing Party for President). #7 B. Harrison vs. #10 Harding. I don t see any reason to go with Harding here. Teapot Dome. Washington wins easily over either Carter or Fillmore. #4 McKinley vs. #5 Taft. Pick-em. #3 Wilson vs. #6 Hayes. Wilson was a political scientist. A win -- end of story! Just kidding about the reason, but I ll still go with Wilson despite the fact that his lack of willingness to compromise meant his goal of the US entering the League of Nations did not happen. Edith Wilson should get some credit for his performance at the end of his Administration. #2 Jackson vs. Harrison / Harding. Jackson should easily win this one. Old Hickory was popular. Washington should score an easy win over either McKinley or Taft. Wilson should score a win over Andrew Jackson, but this could be a close race. Regional Final. Washington wins! Period!!!! The FDR Region #8 Taylor vs. #9 Tyler. Hardly anyone knows either one but I think Taylor gets a win here. One died while in office, while the other became president upon the death of the President. Taylor pursued nationalist policies and tried to be above politics. Tyler later worked to create a southern confederacy. Enough said for me. #7 Arthur vs. #10 Buchanan. No contest! I can t imagine Buchanan beating anyone. And Arthur did much better than anyone expected. FDR should win easily over either Taylor or Tyler. Presidential Bracketology Commentary page 4

5 #4 Madison vs. #5 JFK. Madison is one of my favorite Founding Fathers. Federalist #10 is the best. But I ll take JFK as a President. (Thank God Dolly saved the White House artifacts. But Jacky updated the White House.) #3 Polk vs. #6 Van Buren. Polk should win this for being 2 nd in increasing the size of the US and for many other accomplishments in his one term in office. It has even been said that he accomplished everything on his agenda. (He declined to run again). But watch out for an unlikely Van Buren upset here. Those opposed to the president s expansive war powers will not like Polk s expansion of these. And, Democrats may like Van Buren s important role in organizing the party for Jacksonian Democracy (including, according to James Ceaser, developing a theory of party accountability to the people). Van Buren also ran on the Free Soil Party after being president. But the country was not in good shape during Van Buren s reign, and he was not re-elected. (To me, Carter comes to mind.) #2 Truman vs. Arthur or Buchanan. I ll take Truman (#2) over either one. FDR vs JFK. FDR s 13 years and internal/external challenges should easily beat JFK s 3 years. The only reason JFK stands a chance is that he is more recent and thus wellknown. But, this could do it and JFK could win. Truman vs. Polk / Van Buren. Truman should handily beat either Polk or Van Buren here. Whether you agree with him or not, Truman assumed the Presidency in a tough time, faced tough choices and was not hesitant in making decisions. At the least, many of these decisions have been assessed as good decisions. Some were not. Regional Final. FDR should win over Truman or any other opponent here. If JFK wins over FDR, JFK should beat Truman. Presidential Bracketology Commentary page 5

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