Particularly fun is its Truth-O-Meter. Here are some examples of recent meter-readings:
• Marco Rubio said: "Forty cents of every dollar being spent by the federal government is being borrowed from my children." The Truth-O-Meter ranked that as "True."
• Barack Obama said the Bush administration had been giving auto companies "billions of dollars and just asking nothing in return." "False."
• Rick Scott said: "The stimulus has not created one private-sector job." This one got the dreaded "Pants on fire" lie.
Where else are you going to learn that Florida GOP chairman John Thrasher lied when he said that if Scott gets elected, Republicans would be "the first party to elect a bald guy to governor"? (Politifact even included a portrait Harrison Reed, Florida's follicularly challenged governor from 1868 to 1873.)
That Sinking feeling
Speaking of Scott, two things should make him nervous about the big fundraiser that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Alex Sink had in Orlando on Wednesday night. One was the amount raised — more than $600,000, which host John Morgan described as a local record for Dems. The other was the number of Republicans and GOP fundraisers — more than a dozen, from Orlando Commissioner Tony Ortiz to former Rich Crotty chief of staff Elizabeth Gianini — who helped host the event.
Joined at the chest
And finally, it is Sink herself who is the answer to the trivia question at the top about Siamese twins. Yes, I know the proper term is "conjoined." But these guys actually were from Siam (now Thailand) originally. North Carolina's Chang and Eng Bunker were the nation's first, settling near Mount Airy, N.C. (better known as Mayberry to you Andy Griffith fans). Chang and Eng married two sisters and had 21 children between them — one of them Sink's grandmother.
Scott Maxwell can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 407-420-6141.