Report Ranking 21st Century Presidents, Nominees, and Candidates in General Posted January 24, 2020 Presidents: 1. Obama 2. Clinton 3. Trump (as of yet he's more of a Harding than a Nixon) 4. W. Bush Nominees: 1. Obama (excellent campaigner, one of the best ever) 2. W. Bush (captured the national spirit of the times, at least where it mattered) 3. Kerry (would have been a winner if not for a lack of charisma) 4. Trump (unprofessional...but managed to tap into something that perhaps no other Republican could have done so that year. The fact that the 'something' is quite ugly is besides the point, IMO, for this ranking) 5. McCain (the Palin pick and the resortment to mud-slinging brings him down several notches) 6. Gore (ran a tin-eared campaign and essentially missed an open goal) 7. Romney (the defining moment was the 47% tape) 8. Hillary Clinton (just awful, and made all the more awful by not exactly being a political novice) Candidates: 1. Obama 2. Bush 3. Kerry 4. Trump 5. McCain As for the rest, Hillary Clinton should rank pretty low here too. She blew clear frontrunner status in 2008 and even struggled to win against a self-described socialist who hadn't previously been in the Democratic Party in 2016. Romney also made heavy weather of winning the nomination against poor opposition in 2012, so he should rank quite lowly too.