November 22, 1986
The Democrats' capture of the Senate has set off a chorus of eulogies on the Reagan revolution. Liberal pundits claim that the President is a lame duck, that the public has repudiated his policies. Yet until Election Day these same "experts" asserted that the 1986 Senate races were devoid of national issues. This inconsistency reflects a profound misunderstanding of the Reagan presidency. These same liberals conveniently leave out of their analysis that the President's party won eight governorships - the first time in a modern off- year election that the party in power gained any statehouses.
April 1, 2012 |
HOUSTON - George W. Bush is as hard to find in his father's office as he is in the 2012 presidential contest. The 43d president appears in a gold-framed picture tucked into a far corner of the room, partially hidden by a Texas flag and a cabinet door. The placement, whether intentional or not, is a reminder of the Republican presidential campaign and the lengths to which former Massachusets Gov. Mitt Romney and his rivals have tried to marginalize the two-term president. The younger Bush was an afterthought Thursday as his father, former President George H.W. Bush, met with Romney - until a reporter raised the issue.
November 27, 2000
Is serving as governor a 24/7 job or merely a 9-to-5, Monday-to-Friday gig? Certainly, state leaders with ambitious agendas have been known to work around the clock and into the weekend lobbying for legislative approval. On the other hand, Texas' governor has been pretty distracted lately, and even Pennsylvania's own Gov. Ridge spent much of the year chasing political aspiration. Neither Austin nor Harrisburg has ground to a halt. But Minnesota's Jesse Ventura is challenging the time clock his usual surprising way. The former wrestler and sports announcer plans to moonlight as a color commentator for 10 games of the new Xtreme Football League, which debuts Feb. 3 on NBC-TV.
July 5, 1991 |
With the economy in the doldrums, banks failing, health-care costs soaring, his chief of staff and vice president the butt of jokes and Saddam Hussein still in power, who would have thought it possible? George Bush, an uninspiring orator who has been openly mocked as wimpy and ineffectual, has the highest public approval ratings of any president since John F. Kennedy nearly three decades ago. His 71 percent approval rating, as measured in a June Gallup poll, compares with a 43 percent score for Ronald Reagan, 29 percent for Jimmy Carter, 48 percent for Richard M. Nixon, 54 percent for Lyndon B. Johnson, 61 percent for Kennedy and 69 percent for Dwight D. Eisenhower at this point in their presidencies.
May 9, 2007
JIM McGREEVEY disgraced his wife, his daughter, the state of New Jersey and the office of the governor. Now he's going for the jugular - he's really messin' with God. God loves James McGreevey, so much so that he sent his son to die in his place - so he could repent of his sins, accept Christ, and head for glory. Scripture says God is not mocked. God is not a chump. He knows a man's heart. He knows deception when he sees it. I personally think God's comment on McGreevey's latest move would be, "I smell a rat. " Scripture also says clearly that homosexuality is a sin. Not a popular stance, but the truth seldom is these days.
September 28, 2010 |
With five weeks until polls open, Republican candidates for governor and senator lead their respective races in Pennsylvania, according to a poll of registered voters released today by Suffolk University. Attorney General Tom Corbett, the Republican, leads his Democratic rival Dan Onorato 47 percent to 40 percent in the contest for governor, the poll finds. In the race for U.S. Senate, Republican Pat Toomey holds a 45 percent to 40 percent lead over Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak. The GOP leads in Suffolk's poll are narrower than in some recent surveys by other universities and independent entities.
April 17, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The first Gallup poll of the general-election campaign shows Mitt Romney edging out President Obama, a close result that both parties expect will be the case through much of the next seven months. The former Massachusetts governor, emerging from a difficult and longer-than-expected Republican-nomination battle, has the support of 47 percent of registered voters nationwide, while the president has 45 percent support. Two percent of voters said that they supported another candidate, while 7 percent were undecided.
August 6, 1992 |
I caught a little of Gov. Bill Clinton on the news a week or two ago. I pay more attention to him now than I did before, trying to catch some glint of what it is he has done in the last six weeks that has so elevated the American people's opinion of his character. I admit he hasn't been caught dirty since the convention that nominated him, and I admit President Bush becomes more compromised every day he is in office, but I don't understand how either of these things turns Clinton into someone whose "approval rating" is now up around 60 percent.
February 10, 2011 |
MAYOR NUTTER is vulnerable to a primary-election challenge this year from a strong Democrat, a new Franklin & Marshall College/ Daily News poll shows. But the only Democrat willing to take a shot just got out of prison. Nutter could also face trouble from a third-party challenge in the general election from a savvy candidate, the poll found. And one of those, in the form of a wealthy old adversary, is eager to run. Nutter's dilemma: 53 percent of those polled said the city is headed in the wrong direction.
September 30, 2011 |
HARRISBURG - Women like him, men think he's doing a good job, Republicans overwhelmingly approve of his work - and so do some Democrats. In fact, according to the latest Quinnipiac poll, Gov. Corbett is growing more popular. The survey, released Thursday, found the first-term Republican got a 50 percent approval rating from respondents, with women in particular giving his popularity a sudden and striking surge. "He is doing profoundly better than other first-term Republican governors in swing states," including Govs.