This morning, I read an article that appeared on the Boston Globe and I immediately thought of my favorite government critic of all time, Mark Twain. How ol’ Mark, aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens, would have appreciated this kind of news:

Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney burned through more than half of the $20.7 million he raised for his presidential bid in the first three months of this year, a spending rate that leaves former New York mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani with almost as much cash on hand as Romney, according to campaign finance figures released yesterday.

Romney’s fund-raising total placed him first in the GOP presidential money race in the first quarter of 2007. But his spending left him with $11.9 million in the bank at the beginning of this month — a figure that includes a $2.35 million loan Romney himself floated to his campaign.

There’s nothing special or unusual about that story, which is in part why Twain would have gotten a kick out of it.

It’s probably due to years spent reading Twain that this thought occurred to me as I read that story: Isn’t it funny that, in politics in general, it’s usually the candidate who blows the most of somebody else’s money with an urgent sense of reckless abandon who ends up getting the job of handling our money?

Mark Twain would be happy to know that his fodder is not only still in existence, but flourishing.


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