Looks like Jimmy Carter may have won his own eponymous contest again. Back in 2007, we awarded Dan Rather the 1st James Earl Carter Bitter Old Man Award (JEC BOMA):
Named in honor of the nation’s thirty-ninth president, the JEC BOMA honors those men over 70 who, in their dotage, by the very bitterness of their manner, follow in the footsteps of the nation’s worst president.
We have selected Mr. Carter’s name to go on the (yet to be designed trophy) for his nearly twenty-seven years of sour grapes. Having not gotten over his 1980 landslide loss to Ronald Reagan, Carter has become a perpetual critic of his successors . . . . Through the better part of his public actions since voters in 44 states rejected him, this sourpuss has helped redefine the term Bitter Old Man.
He’s still whining about the Gipper’s victory.
Hey, Jimmah, in 1980, Reagan may have got fewer than 51% of the vote; actually he had 50.75% of the popular vote, even with a third candidate in the race, a little higher share that he 50.08% you attracted in 1976 — without a third party candidate in the race. And no, John Anderson didn’t announce at the last minute.
(H/t: Pat Dollard via Bruce’s twitter feed.)