By Bryan Caplan
From my chairman, Don Boudreaux:
This afternoon you interviewed a pundit who claims to be "inspired" by the way that Bill and Hillary Clinton, having been so critical of Barack Obama during the presidential primary campaign, now work so agreeably with him. I'm not inspired; I'm suspicious. Were the Clintons lying during the campaign? Or are they lying now?
This is one of the many questions I’d like to pose to folks like Brad DeLong, who spent years pointing out Bush’s dishonesty as if the man was some kind of pioneer. I’ll admit that politicians lie to different degrees. Maybe Bush was a bigger liar than most; if 25% of Republicans said so, I’d believe it. But all successful politicians are big liars by the absolute standard we routinely apply to the people we personally know.