Comedy and Tragedy on the Campaign Trail

1201287121Despite our tunnel vision on Mitt Romney’s campaign, we do realize there are several other candidates who are still in the running for their party’s nomination, and there have been several noteworthy developments in those races.

Barack Obama went on Letterman, for example, and Rudy Giuliani got absolutely crushed by his hometown paper of record.

Last night, Obama read the Top 10 list on the Late Show With David Letterman. The list was titled “Barack Obama’s Top 10 Campaign Promises.” He had us cringing with his ninth promise.

I will double your tax money at the craps table.

Senator, have you not been paying attention to the fact that your BFF Deval Patrick‘s casino proposal has received a chilly reception? Stop pointing out the man’s liabilities for the Billary Clinton campaign. (We call it that because he “doesn’t know who he’s running against sometimes“.)

1201287151But the Illinois senator got it right in his eighth promise, pledging to name Mitt Romney the “secretary of lookin’ good.” Just be sure to gag him after he takes the oath.

Another senator who’s looking pretty good is Hillary Clinton, who received an endorsement from the New York Times. Though the paper let Obama down easy.

The potential upside of a great Obama presidency is enticing, but this country faces huge problems, and will no doubt be facing more that we can’t foresee. The next president needs to start immediately on challenges that will require concrete solutions, resolve, and the ability to make government work. Mrs. Clinton is more qualified, right now, to be president.

Contrast that to the editorial board’s smackdown of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani in its endorsement of John McCain.

The real Mr. Giuliani, whom many New Yorkers came to know and mistrust, is a narrow, obsessively secretive, vindictive man who saw no need to limit police power. Racial polarization was as much a legacy of his tenure as the rebirth of Times Square.

Mr. Giuliani’s arrogance and bad judgment are breathtaking.

The Rudolph Giuliani of 2008 first shamelessly turned the horror of 9/11 into a lucrative business, with a secret client list, then exploited his city’s and the country’s nightmare to promote his presidential campaign.

Damn. Remind us to never piss off the New York Times. They are mean.