Posted on: Nov 27, 2000, Source: WorkingForChange.com
Ralph Nader's meager returns in the election have spawned hard questions. Did his campaign drift too far left? Was Winnona LaDuke the right running mate? Did the Green party help or hurt him? Third party expert Micah Sifry finds out.
The Supreme Court made a critical decision on Monday that shocked Republican ideologues and warmed the hearts of activists everywhere working for campaign finance reform. The decision affirmed what nearly every American believes: that big money plays a pernicious role in our politics and that we have a compelling interest to reduce corruption.
Whether it's to reconcile the conflicts between expectations and reality, or to justify the unjustifiable, all politicians lie; it's the nature of their work. The public knows this, indeed, many citizens take pleasure in spotting their leaders as they lie. In most cases, their body language gives them away. Richard Nixon would blink quickly. Jimmy Carter smiled.(In his own mind, Ronald Reagan never lied--hence no cues.) Clinton bites his lower lip. The problem with political body language is it can't be read in print. You have to be watching to catch them fibbing. That's why Newt Gingrich's verbal tic is so handy. Every time he says "frankly" you know some kind of lie is coming.