Drum says the less said about Hoover the better. I disagree.
The more said about Hoover the better--Hoover was a smart man blinded by ideology and incapable of confronting the misery that was becoming wide-spread in America. He was a big believer in small government, laissez-faire capitalism, and private charities. Surely, I couldn't have been the only one who saw the ghost of Hoover in Bush Sr's 'thousand points of light' campaign?
There was a reason why Hoover and the Republican party were so thoroughly trounced: they were completely out of touch with the needs, hopes, and dreams of ordinary americans... and when crisis struck, the emperor and his court were without clothes.