Independent voters are moving strongly to Republican candidates in the New Jersey and Virginia governors races, an ominous sign for Democrats whose gains in 2006 and 2008 was built on heavy support from unaligned voters.
Yesterday we made the case for why former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani belongs in the Fix Political Hall of Fame. Today we tackle the opposite side of that argument.
With the Yankees back in the World Series and a new New York magazine profile of Hizzoner getting lots of attention, now seems like the right time to debate whether former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) deserves a spot in the Fix Political Hall of Fame.
Yesterday we argued for the late Chicago Mayor Richard J. Daley's inclusion in the Fix Political Hall of Fame. Today we make the opposite case.
No group of politicians are closer -- literally and figuratively -- to the people who elect them than mayors. That proximity can breed admiration, devotion and contempt (and sometimes all three) depending on how able a politician the man or woman in the mayor's office happens to be.
With Franklin Delano Roosevelt now firmly ensconsed in the Fix Political Hall of Fame thanks to the votes of Fixistas, we move on to our next three nominees for admission. While all four men -- FDR, Bill Clinton, Lyndon Johnson and Ronald Reagan -- in the HOF ascended to the top of the political pyramid, we are big believers that many of the greatest politicians never even aspired to the presidency, preferring instead to have an impact on the local level.