Rudy Giuliani, the Loneliest Candidate
The Lonely Candidate provides a most-needed (and most-amusing) campaign service by tracking presidential hopefuls’ claims to be the only person to do something or other. Take, for example, this chestnut from Hizzoner:
“I’m the only one who reduced taxes. I actually did it so many times that there’s a dispute over how many times I lowered taxes.
Rudy, the reason why there’s a dispute over how many times you’ve lowered taxes isn’t because we numerically challenged civilians can’t keep track of the fury of your tax-cutting orgies. In debates, radio ads, and on the stump, Giuliani insists that he cut New Yorkers’ taxes 23 times. In fact, as FactCheck.org points out, he can only really lay claim to 14 cuts, on account of the others being enacted either by the state or the city council, not America’s mayor. —Brendan Mackie
Once Upon a Time . . .
The Gipper’s former budget director derides today’s tax-slashing, fairytale Reaganomics…
The Election's Over. Stop Asking for Donations.
Barack Obama’s overwhelming win was due in no small part to the millions he raked in via online appeals to supporters. Anyone hoping that his historic victory would end those daily pleas for cash was in for a surprise yesterday, though, when the campaign was back at it, asking for more money….
Presidential Debate Fallout, Take Two
Was it a “game-changer”? Did McCain “take the gloves off”? Did “Main Street” rule over “Wall Street”? Is there another hackneyed expression we could judge this debate by? Here’s some cliché-free post-debate analysis rounded up from the blogosphere….