RealClearPolitics has posted Ed Koch’s memories making the case that he has led “a sensational life.” Exhibit A is the presidents he has met, from Johnson to Bush (43). A propos of today’s news, here’s Koch recalling Carter:
I came to know Carter well.
When he ran for reelection, he asked me to campaign for him in 1980 — I was by then Mayor of New York City — and I said that I would vote for him, but not campaign for him because he was then engaging in hostile acts towards Israel. I was popular with the Jewish community and when I would not campaign for him unless he changed his position, he called me to his hotel in New York when attending a fundraiser and said, “You have done me more damage than any man in America.” I felt proud then, and even more today, since we now know what a miserable president he was then and the miserable human being he is now as he prepares to meet with Hamas.
In the alternative John Hinderaker posed earlier today between Carter as knave or fool, the astute Mr. Koch comes down on the side to which John tilted: knave.