Paul Tsongas, erstwhile Democratic candidate for president from Massachusetts, and Warren Rudman, soon-to-retired Republican senator from New Hampshire, say they may team up. That does not -- repeat not -- mean they are running as a new-fangled bipartisan national ticket for president and vice president. Too bad. If they shared the same platform, these two politicians would talk so much economic sense that voters would suffer from an overdose. After all, as Senator Rudman has observed, Americans are used to being lied to.
Political common wisdom confirms that an independent Tsongas-Rudman ticket is an impossibility. Even more than having a Texas billionaire reckon as how he might try to buy the presidency for a paltry $100 million. Ross Perot can afford it; Paul Tsongas and Warren Rudman cannot.
So what are these New England iconoclasts up to? So far all they profess is a common impulse for "doing something together" on behalf of responsible economic policies. Mr. Tsongas said he stands for "fiscal discipline" and Mr. Rudman said he stands for "fiscal integrity" when they co-starred on CBS's "Face the Nation" last Sunday. Coming from most politicians, such statements could be passed off as humdrum boilerplate. Coming from the Messrs. Tsongas and Rudman, they resonate with a sincerity that is downright unsettling