Buckley is engaging in whataboutism, a tactic routinely employed by the Soviet Union to deflect criticism. For example, in response to criticism of human rights violations, the Soviets would criticize race-relations in the United States. The goal of whataboutism is to avoid addressing the criticism by creating a false equivalence. Continue reading →
I hear you are running for President. Things have changed a lot in New Hampshire politics since your father won the primary back in 1988, so I thought I would give you an update.
Believe it or not, and I say believe it or not because the press (and presumably the local GOP operatives who claim to be your New Hampshire confidants) persists in calling New Hampshire a “swing state” or a “battleground state”, 1988 happens to be the last time a GOP Presidential candidate won over 50 percent of the vote in New Hampshire. In 1992, Bill Clinton edged out your father 40 percent to 38 percent, with Ross Perot taking 22 percent. And in 1996, Clinton won again, this time with 49 percent of the vote to Bob Dole’s 39 percent, with Perot taking about 10 percent. Continue reading →