Memories are always selective in politics. Candidates concentrate on what makes them look best and forget those embarrassing little moments that put them in a bad light.
Call it rewriting history in real time. Call it selective omission. Call it outright lying. They all do it.
Wife-beating is out (let's hope), but wife-blaming is in — in some circles, that is. Consider GOP presidential-nomination front-runner Mitt Romney's move last week, blaming his wife for writing a check to pro-choice women's health provider Planned Parenthood. C'mon, Mitt.
The Rev. Jerry Falwell died at 73, having founded a Southern Baptist mega-church, one of the first of its kind, and a respected university, brought Christian evangelicals into mainstream politics and helped engineer the Reagan presidency. His penchant for truly outrageous statements — and just as quickly apologizing — often obscured his accomplishments.
In 1952, a noted editor wrote that Dwight Eisenhower was running for president "like a dry creek." His wry observation was credited with kick-starting what until then had been a non-campaign, with the famous general mainly content to rest on the laurels of a brilliant military career.
Under pressure from their rivals, the leading Republican presidential contenders defended their conservative credentials on abortion, gun control and tax cuts in a feisty debate Tuesday night.
"Republicans should be uniting" to defeat the Democrats, implored former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, rather than stressing their differences with one another.
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The Rev. Jerry Falwell, who founded the Moral Majority and built the religious right into a political force, died Tuesday shortly after being found unconscious in his office at Liberty University, a school executive said. He was 73.
Ron Godwin, the university's executive vice president, said Falwell, 73, was found unresponsive around 10:45 a.m. and taken to Lynchburg General Hospital. "CPR efforts were unsuccessful," he said.
Godwin said he was not sure what caused the collapse, but he said Falwell "has a history of heart challenges."