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George W.’s An Empty Suit

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

With the McCain panic partly defused, it’s a good time for the following question: Should George W. Bush become president, where would he rate among U.S. presidents in terms of previous government experience? Thirty-eighth out of 42. The four chief executives who possessed less governing experience prior to running for president were Dwight Eisenhower, Woodrow [&hellip
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Bradley and McCain Head For New Hampshire

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

What’s made the run-up to the actual campaign interesting–at least to the 10 percent or so of the Americans who have bothered to pay any attention–is that in each party the contest has boiled down to an outsider-insider vs. an establishment frontman. True, neither outsider-insider is as much of an outsider as he maintains. McCain, [&hellip
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Cyber-Scheme

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Sales taxes account for about one-quarter of all tax revenues collected by states and localities to pay for education, public safety, health programs and other services. They may not be as fair as a progressively indexed income tax–flat-tax fans would like that–but in most states they are an essential component of the tax structure. Yet [&hellip
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Home Alone

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

But both Al Gore and Hillary Rodham Clinton, on their not-so-excellent (and competing) adventures, will do much to shape the legacy of the man they are each trying to escape, for how they fare in their respective campaigns will partly determine how Clinton is viewed in the years to come. If his partner-in-politics and his [&hellip
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The Candidates Play the Authenticity Game

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

than in 1992, when those who bothered to vote desperately wanted someone to lead the country out of the recession (never mind that it was already ending). The ’00 contestants are endeavoring to be all-whatever. Yet there’ve been a few snags. Bill Bradley has been hawking himself as the non-packaged politician, a down-to-earth fellow with [&hellip
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It’s Money That Matters

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

A similar acclimation–call it a benumbing–has occurred throughout Washington. In recent weeks, there’s been an avalanche of evidence that the nation’s capital reeks of institutional corruption. Granted, that’s no news flash. Almost daily, the campus paper, The Washington Post, exposes a money-and-politics outrage. Yet there is little anger, and, consequently, little change. Last month, Senate [&hellip
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Gore’s Defining Downfall Moment

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

There are moments in presidential campaigns that we later look back upon and say: That was when it became obvious that candidate such-and-such had no chance of becoming the nation’s top dog. Recall Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis helmeted and riding in a tank. Uncomfortable smile. Looked like Snoopy. The election could have been canceled the [&hellip
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Gore & Bradley: Same Cola, Different Bottles

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

At the town hall meeting, both men played their parts well, yet there are reasons to be skeptical of each. After serving in the Campaign-Funds-R-Us Clinton administration, Gore is hardly credible as a champion for change on that front. Bradley keeps promoting his big, bold ideas–ending racial discord, vanquishing child poverty–but his 18 years in [&hellip
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Pat’s Party

Written by David Corn on . Posted in Breaking News, Posts

Buchanan thanked William Safire, Alan Dershowitz and Chris Matthews for the attacks that pushed the book onto the bestseller lists. He clearly relished the tussle, noting triumphantly that two months ago he was merely a back-of-the-packer in the Republican contest who had no idea how he was going to promote his new tome. Now, beaming [&hellip
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