This brings us to the core conceptual issue, which Herndon, Ash and Pollin argue greatly biases our results.
But Herndon is a most unreliable narrator in all things about Mary, since they never got along.
As I say, critics of Rogoff-Reinhart--including Herndon et al--have been rather overstating two things: 1.
Herndon's Lincoln by William H. Herndon and Jesse W. Weik Am I forgetting that Lincoln was a lawyer too?
What got Herndon in even more trouble with his biography was claiming that Lincoln was a free-thinker and certainly no Christian.
The morning I entered the office Mr. Lincoln and his partner, Mr. Herndon, were both present.
Mr. Herndon's family likewise "became much attached to him."
A vital question to the biographer of Lincoln is the credibility of Herndon.
He "nearly always had one" of Herndon's children "around with him."
Mr. Herndon's testimony, even in the absence of all other evidence, is conclusive.