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Posts Tagged ‘Rick Perlstein’

CrooksandLiars.com Racks Up Author Rick Perlstein

LA anchored political blog CrooksandLiars.com, which recently spirited away our very own Tina Dupuy as its managing editor, has added another formidable voice to the honor roll.

Author Rick Perlstein chimes in today with his second column for the site, “Reagan’s Failed Sell of Government as Too Big.” It’s all about Prop 1, a California ballot initiative supported in 1973 by the then-Governor and its link to a subsequent, modern-age false political premise:

The conservatives quite effectively claimed Proposition 13 as a nationwide mandate for radical reduction of taxation and government. They did that, of course, in 1980 too—and had lots of success passing budgets and laws that harmonized with the claim.

But here is a very crucial point about our political moment: Ronald Reagan did not get elected because he promised to dismantle big government in America.

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Patton Oswalt Takes on Jay Leno

This is from the podcast Comedy Death ray hosted by Scott Aukerman and B.J. Porter. They interview Patton Oswalt to get his take on Jay Leno’s shuffle kerfuffle.

Oswalt gives a nice shout out to Rick Perlstein for his delicious book Nixonland, says Leno parallels Nixon and then talks about other stuff. You know who’s really like Nixon? Not Leno. First off, Nixon stepped down…

Anyway, that’s going to be weird the next time Oswalt is on Leno’s show, huh?

Via Oliver Willis