The Curmudgeon on Democratically (Un)Elected Presidents

Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The death last week of Itamar Franco, Brazil’s President from 1992 to 1994, has triggered a reminder of the late Gerald Ford, President of the USA from 1974 to 1977. They had much in common, starting with the fact that they both succeeded presidents who were forced from office in disgrace. In Ford’s case, it was Richard (“I am not a crook”) Nixon, and in Itamar’s case, Fernando (“Me neither”) Collor de Mello.

There’s more in this vein. Both men owed their unexpected elevation to historical irregularities. In . . .

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