RUDY THE BUFFOON….Rudy Giuliani told a crowd today that he’d like to lower taxes on the rich by eliminating the AMT, but that the only fair way to do this is if we also lower taxes on the rich by making the Bush tax cuts permanent:

Giuliani told the 700-member audience of the Northern Virginia Technology Council that he wants to cap the tax, and perhaps eventually eliminate it altogether.

“Over time we can figure out how to eliminate it….If we were going to eliminate it, though, we’d have to balance it with additional tax cuts,” Giuliani said, leaving confused expressions on his audience. “That might be by making the Bush tax cuts permanent.”

Even a local Democrat who heard the speech was willing to give Rudy the benefit of the doubt on this: “I do think he may have misspoke,” said Gerry Connolly, the chairman of Fairfax County’s Board of Supervisors.

Please. Just for once, can we hold this guy responsible for what he says? Sure, he misspoke, but he misspoke because he doesn’t have a clue what he’s talking about and blurted out the first thing that came to mind: namely that reducing taxes is the answer to every question. Nobody with even the vaguest idea of what it meant to eliminate the AMT would say that it had to be balanced by reducing other taxes.

Remember when George Bush wasn’t able to name the president of Pakistan back in the 2000 campaign? Everyone laughed it off. But this isn’t a game of gotcha. Nobody forces Rudy to say this stuff. He just flatly doesn’t know what he’s talking about. He’s a buffoon. It’s time for the press corps to take notice and quit giving him a pass on this stuff.

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