FrontPage interviews our friend Steve Hayward in connection with the publication of his new book on Jimmy Carter, The Real Jimmy Carter. The interview runs under the heading “Our worst ex-president.” Here’s the lead:
FP: Why, after all this time, should we be taking another look at Jimmy Carter?
Hayward: Two reasons. First, Carter has somehow managed to acquire the image, even among many conservatives who ought to know better, as “America’s finest ex-president.” In fact, he should be regarded as America’s worst ex-president (though Bill Clinton has a long time yet to make his own bid for the title) for the way he has meddled ruinously in the foreign affairs of the nation, especially North Korea. Second, what might be called “Carterism”