March 3, 2006


Carter Seeks Vote in U.N. Against U.S. (BENNY AVNI, March 3, 2006, NY Sun)

President Carter personally called Secretary of State Rice to try to convince her to reverse her U.N. ambassador's position on changes to the U.N. Human Rights Commission, the former president recalled yesterday in a talk in which he also criticized President Bush's Christian bona fides and misstated past American policies on Israel.

Mr. Carter said he made a personal promise to ambassadors from Egypt, Pakistan, and Cuba on the U.N. change issue that was undermined by America's ambassador, John Bolton. "My hope is that when the vote is taken," he told the Council on Foreign Relations, "the other members will outvote the United States." [...]

Asked yesterday about his views on religion, Mr. Carter said, "The essence of my faith is one of peace." In a clear swipe at Mr. Bush's faith, and to a round of applause, he then added, "We worship the prince of peace, not of pre-emptive war." Mr. Carter then went on to attack American Christians who support Israel.

The Kremlin must have hung black crepe on 11/04/80.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 3, 2006 12:57 PM

As did bunny rabbits all over the world.

Posted by: John at March 3, 2006 1:21 PM

Who is Jimmy Carter that he gets to make promises to other countries? As I recall, he is currently just a regular citizen who happened at one time to have held a powerful position in our government. But NOW he is nothing more than a citizen with no more political standing than me.

Is there any foreign government or ambassador who is under the impression that Mr. Carter's words have the authority of our government?

I thought not.

Posted by: fred at March 3, 2006 1:27 PM

Not only was he the worst president we have ever had to endure, but he is also the worst past president.

Posted by: morry at March 3, 2006 1:30 PM

. . . and when he passes, he will be the worst dead President we've ever had.

Posted by: obc at March 3, 2006 1:47 PM

Typical Carter. He's just miffed because his amour propre is offended -- he made all these promises and now they aren't being kept, making him look bad to countries like Pakistan. So now he wants to make an international case of his wounded ego. He disgusts me.

Posted by: Lisa at March 3, 2006 1:58 PM

no way, he will be the best dead president, loved more in passing than ever while alive. the man is a blathering idiot who should be institutionalized.

Posted by: toe at March 3, 2006 1:58 PM

When his corpse reanimates, he'll be our worst zombie president. Worse than Woodrow Wilson, even.
I'm a lot younger than some of my elders and betters around here, but even I remember a time when former presidents kept their trap shut about current presidents, no matter how much they disdained their policies.

Posted by: Bryan at March 3, 2006 2:02 PM

He wasn't an American President.

Posted by: Luciferous at March 3, 2006 2:04 PM

I'm old enough to understand the cause of his election; but cannot understand how he ever got his party's nomination.

Posted by: ept at March 3, 2006 2:29 PM


Me too. I remember Bush 41's promise not to publicly criticize Clinton for at least a year after he was in office, although Bush obviously disliked him. Except for an occasional joke, he kept that promise for Clinton's entire tenure until Clinton criticized the 2000 election...and even then he only threatened to unload on him.

Nice that we can contrast that situation with this one. Class shows.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 3, 2006 2:44 PM


Zbig "Mr. Technotronic" Brzezinski talent scouted him. After that Jimmy was advertised as a "teachable" candidate who would continue Nixon's policies.

Posted by: Luciferous at March 3, 2006 2:51 PM


The 1976 Democratic primary season was a mixture of the old (Humphrey and Jackson), the odd (Fred Harris), and then there was Carter. Mo Udall was there, too, but he did not have the standing to win (being just a House member from AZ). Plus, the party was not going to go off the cliff with a McGovern again. And Teddy was lurking, but he knew he couldn't win. He only ran in 1980 because his last name forced him to try, plus he hated Carter.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 3, 2006 3:10 PM

What you are seeing is the difference between Republicans and Democrats. Tenacity is the personality trait that describes Democrats like Ramsey Clark, Carter, Clinton (Hillary also), Gore. Democrats feel they are the party of government and Republicans are merely amatuerish part-timers.

For instance Gerald Ford, Dan Quayle are both perfectly happy to spend the rest of their life playing golf. Cheney will spend his retirement shooting ..ah.. birds. Yet Mondale even tried to get back in the Senate. Dems have nothing else in their life.

That's why I always distrusted Nixon as a closet Democrat.

Posted by: h-man at March 3, 2006 3:18 PM

Speaking of Cheney and Clinton

Posted by: h-man at March 3, 2006 3:42 PM

Dems see the government as being the most vital actor when it comes to the health of the nation, while GOPers don't.

Posted by: Ali Choudhury at March 3, 2006 3:59 PM

erp: He ran as a competent manager and Christian centrist.

The fact that he won't be arrested and prosecuted for running his own foreign policy points to a real flaw in the system.

Posted by: David Cohen at March 3, 2006 4:10 PM

He ran as the anti-Nixon. He was so weak he almost lost to Gerald Ford anyway. The Wife and I are watching Rockford Files on Netflix and we discussed the other night whether a single worthwhile thing happened the entire 70s. Note that the Mets and the Moon were '69 and hockey and Reagan in '80?

Posted by: oj at March 3, 2006 4:18 PM


Art Rooney got to hold the Lombardi Trophy in January 1975. That's enough.

Posted by: jim hamlen at March 3, 2006 4:32 PM

Beware of Democrat governors from low population southern states running for president!!

Posted by: morry at March 3, 2006 4:50 PM

1. dolphins perfect season

2. led zepplin IV

3. The Godfather
Appocalypse Now

4. Steelers defense

5. Intel 8080

6. Chorus Line


8. Frazier/Ali fight#2

Posted by: toe at March 3, 2006 4:58 PM

We should have nuked it out with the Russkies instead of that glop.

Posted by: oj at March 3, 2006 5:02 PM

Steinbrenner buys the Yanks from CBS. Delivers three pennants and two world championships before the decade ends.

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 3, 2006 5:14 PM

The '70s were a cultural, political and spiritual sewer. Thank God we survived. I must confess to my everlasting shame, I voted for Carter. Twice. But with persevering effort, even the stupid can eventually figure things out. Some of my family never have, though. Irish. Catholic. Democrat. Down to two out of three. That's good.

Posted by: jdkelly at March 3, 2006 6:10 PM


Nice idea unless you live in Omaha, at that time the home of the Strategic Air Command and likely occupying the top spot on the Russian hit list.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 3, 2006 6:13 PM


It's been easier for us Irish Catholics to ditch the Democrats ever since the Republicans figured out that Catholics weren't their enemies, and the Democrats figured out that Catholic beliefs didn't sit well with the more fanatical portion of their base.

Forty years ago, evangelicals said Catholics were the spawn of Satan -- now we're buds.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at March 3, 2006 6:19 PM

They couldn't reach.

Posted by: W. C. Fields at March 3, 2006 6:21 PM

I've done a double take when I see a comment by ept and have to stop to think, did I write that? It's not a typo, we're two different people who agree that Carter is a national disgrace.

Posted by: erp at March 3, 2006 6:36 PM

Disco Demolition.

Star Wars, Alien, Animal House.

Posted by: Sandy P. at March 3, 2006 6:48 PM

I read somewhere else earlier today that when former Pres. Tyler died in 1862, he was a member of the Confederate Congress. That's a distinction which Jimmuh will never exceed unless he converts to Islam and moves to Iran.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at March 3, 2006 6:52 PM

"... whether a single worthwhile thing happened the entire 70s."

I was born in 1973. Shouldn't that be enough for you?

Posted by: Bryan at March 4, 2006 7:34 AM


The mix up is, of course, unintentional. ept is my initials.

Posted by: EPT at March 4, 2006 9:03 PM

ept, I never thought otherwise.

Posted by: erp at March 5, 2006 2:10 PM