December 30, 1991
Less than one year after the United States rallied a worldwide coalition to defeat Saddam Hussein, U.S. politicians of every stripe want to put "America first. " The isolationist rush got into full gear with the startling upset victory of Pennsylvania Democratic Sen. Harris Wofford, who accused President Bush and his minions of ignoring America's domestic crises. Then Republican right- winger Pat Buchanan went a giant step further by announcing for the presidency on a "new nationalism" platform.
December 22, 1991 |
Give President Bush an A for picking Secretary of Transportation Samuel K. Skinner, a well-regarded politician and a proven manager, as his new chief of staff. Yet, the chief of staff position, as it did with John Sununu, can undermine the presidency and ill-serve the nation if Bush chooses the wrong chief of staff model and misuses Skinner's many talents. To be sure, Sununu's arrogance, abrasiveness and political tin ear contributed to his downfall. But the chief culprit was Bush.
May 5, 2016
ISSUE | CAMPAIGN 2016 Protest Trump at Penn - peacefully I assume there will be protesters at the University of Pennsylvania on May 15, considering the expected presence of Donald Trump at the School of Arts and Science's commencement ceremonies ("Penn graduation will be long on top-tier statesmen," Tuesday). They should be there to acknowledge the threat to our country posed by Trump's presidential candidacy; his domestic policy of hatred toward African Americans, Hispanics, immigrants, and women; and his foreign policy, which consists of little more than bluster and "America First" slogans.
December 18, 2000 |
To the broad majority of Americans in both political parties - who are basically content with the status quo - the Bush Restoration offers little cause for alarm. The Texan's foreign policy-makers will strive to stay within the bipartisan tradition that has shaped U.S. external affairs since the 1940s. And, because Bush himself has no pretensions of independent expertise in any area except possibly U.S.-Mexico relations, he will most likely be content to check off options his advisers present.
December 2, 1991 |
A dozen different factors are merging to force President Bush to face the shakeup of his high command. But the evident disarray in the White House has deeper political and intellectual roots that Bush himself is still reluctant to address. John H. Sununu has been a loyal chief of staff with a better understanding of Bush's goals and ways of working than many of his critics are willing to concede. Now, however, his high-handedness has alienated not just Bush's opponents but his friends.
January 3, 1991
Washington wonders whether George Bush has a domestic policy agenda. Easy answer. He doesn't. Not beyond getting re-elected. Neither do the Democrats. Neither party has had a domestic policy beyond the odd burst of sloganeering since the '60s. In the '60s, presidents cared about and acted on things like children, poverty and health care for the poor. Even Richard Nixon. The Alliance for Progress and the Peace Corps were international extensions of a domestic policy in which Americans would be ambassadors for peace and prosperity in the Third World.
November 19, 2006 |
A fusillade of follow-up thoughts to the midterm elections: When historians get their hands on George W. Bush, they will have a festival of Oedipal analysis. W. was, by all accounts, devastated and furious when his father lost the 1992 presidential election to That Man. He brooded over how a president who had enjoyed such overwhelming popularity after a swift victory in Iraq could somehow get booted out of office the next year. When elected to the Oval Office himself, the 43d president seemed driven to avoid, at all costs, three mistakes he thought his father had made: Failing to finish the job of deposing Saddam Hussein.
October 15, 1992 |
In St. Louis on Sunday, whither he went in search of restored pre-eminence, the incumbent President sometimes seemed, amazingly, to be the third man, even a bystander on stage. Whatever suspense surrounded the first presidential debate leaked from it early when George Bush became defensive about his most recent attempt to put Bill Clinton on defensive. Bush began, "I said something the other day where I was accused of being like Joe McCarthy . . . . " Clinton played the Prescott Bush card (refraining from saying: "And you're no Prescott Bush . . . ")
November 7, 1991
We switched on the national news yesterday morning, and for a moment thought we were watching the local news. The eyes of the nation were on this oft-overlooked region - and, for a change, not because something awful happened here. Democrat Harris Wofford's great upset of Dick Thornburgh was naturally the main story - a repudiation of President Bush's domestic policy, a powerful message from the nation's beleaguered middle class. But the Republican landslide in New Jersey was also big news - a repudiation, if you will, of Gov. Florio's domestic policy, a powerful message from that state's beleaguered middle class.
August 14, 2007
At the National Constitution Center last month, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R., Texas) told an audience that President Bush "really doesn't have a domestic policy" aside from his education program. That's the legacy of Karl Rove, who will step down later this month after 6 1/2 years as Bush's top adviser. Rove, 56, had the undeniable political genius to guide a winning presidential candidate in 2000. But then he squandered his creation by advocating divisive politics over broad-based policy at nearly every turn.