With apologies for the relatively poor production value, I’ve posted to YouTube my own little campaign ad for Barack Obama.
The Sienna Research Institute periodically surveys a cross section of historians and asks them to rank the Presidents of the United States. Using a ranking from 2002, I took every Vice President that succeeded to the presidency upon the death or resignation of the then sitting President, and I indicated whether they fell in the top 50% of their peers or the bottom. I then posed the following hypothetical: If John McCain is elected and does not complete his term, will Sarah Palin likely end up among the top 50% of all Presidents or the bottom? Seeing her face next to men like Harry Truman vs men like John Tyler gives you a gut feeling for the answer.