As a scholar of U.S. history, I have studied the many cases in which presidential nominees, particularly judges, have failed to gain Senate confirmation. However, according to the Senate Historical Office, there were four cases since 1970 in which a Senate controlled by the president’s party did not confirm the president’s nominees.
As President Barack Obama winds down his eight years in the White House and President-elect Donald Trump prepares to be inaugurated on Friday, TIME History asked a variety of experts to weigh in on a question: How do you think historians of the future will talk about on his time in Office? Where will he fit in the ranks of presidents past?
Stephen Wertheim at the University of Cambridge writes in Foreign Affairs on "Trump and American Exceptionalism: Why a Crippled America Is Something New"
Timothy Naftali, clinical associate professor of history and public service at New York University and founding director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, on "Why Clinton’s Emails Matter"
SHAFR past president Fred Logevall co-writes this op-ed in The Daily Beast with Gordon M. Goldstein: