April 29, 1993 |
In the take-no-prisoners style that earned him the title "Ragin' Cajun," Democratic strategist James Carville yesterday began the indelicate process of carving up the leading Republican in the race to unseat Gov. Florio this fall. With his trademark combination of wit and wickedness, the man who put Bill Clinton in the White House chose to defend his current client, Florio, by attacking longtime Florio-basher Christine Todd Whitman. He blasted Whitman for not yet releasing her tax returns, for seeming to back off a pledge to repeal Florio's tax increases, and for airing - and then withdrawing - an ad that criticized expenditures in the office of the state's First Lady.
July 17, 2016 |
The first real estate piece I wrote for the Inquirer, back in March 1989, was on how to determine your house's age. That was nearly 5,000 articles ago, and it applied specifically to Philadelphia and the older suburbs, but it was inspired by what I went through to determine when and by whom my first two city houses were built. Every old building has a story, though it often isn't until that building is repurposed that you hear it. In April, I wrote about MM Partners' $12 million redo: the A.F. Bornot Lofts at 17th Street and Fairmount Avenue, a mixed-use project with 17 loft-style rental apartments, two for-sale townhouses, underground parking, and five businesses comprising 15,000 square feet.
October 19, 1992 |
If the polls are right and Bill Clinton is elected President of the United States, history books will trace his victory to an accident over a small school yard in the Main Line suburbs of Philadelphia. Think about the improbable sequence of events. Pennsylvania Sen. John Heinz dies on April 4, 1991, when a helicopter and small plane collide over Merion School. Democratic Gov. Robert Casey appoints Harris Wofford to fill Sen. Heinz's term until a special election can be held. President Bush, sensing a slam dunk Republican opportunity, encourages Attorney General Richard Thornburgh to run against Wofford.
December 5, 1996
One of Bill Clinton's best buds, James Carville, is gearing up a p.r. campaign to call independent counsel Kenneth Starr a political hack who's just out to get the Clintons. But this caricature of Mr. Starr, a distinguished attorney with Republican connections, is belied by the fact that Attorney General Janet Reno keeps expanding his authority as new allegations come to light. Clearly, the political hack in this tangle is Mr. Carville, "the Ragin' Cajun" who managed the 1992 Clinton campaign.
June 12, 1986 |
In an apparent display of Democratic unity, Robert P. Casey is expected to announce today that former Philadelphia District Attorney Edward G. Rendell will head his campaign for governor against Lt. Gov. William W. Scranton 3d. Casey previously talked with Rendell about serving as state Democratic chairman, but Rendell said he preferred a direct role in the Casey campaign. Rendell finally agreed to serve as campaign chairman, according to sources familiar with the campaign.
November 4, 1993 |
Could it be that after finally losing a big one - New Jersey - James Carville, the hard-knocking, face-eating Hannibal Lecter of Democratic politics, is actually becoming a wuss? Listen in on that Louisiana drawl, the morning after: "In a ham-and-egg breakfast, the chicken participates and the hog is committed," Gov. Florio's political strategist is saying. "For a long time in campaigns, I've been a hog. Now, I'm going to have a wife and I'm going to have to be a chicken in my work.
October 15, 1986 |
Instead of shaking hands on the campaign trail, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Robert P. Casey spent most of yesterday trying to shake dollars loose from campaign contributors. Both in the morning, prior to an interview with the editorial board of the Philadelphia Daily News, and in the late afternoon, Casey was secluded in his Philadelphia campaign headquarters on Chestnut Street, or in the office of his finance chairman, William Batoff, making telephone calls to potential donors.
September 15, 2000 |
James Carville, one of the nation's most recognizable - and contentious - Democrats, dropped into the state last night to help Ron Klink raise money to compete with U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum, R-Pa. Carville, "the ragin' Cajun," says he's willing to do "everything I can" to help fund Klink's underdog campaign against the well-financed freshman senator. Klink, a western Pennsylvania congressman, has trouble raising money from traditional Democratic sources, partly because he is pro-life and pro-gun, and partly because major Democratic fund-raising is based in eastern Pennsylvania.
April 8, 2013
NO DISRESPECT, Mr. President, but you really should have known better than to bring up the subject of California Attorney General Kamala Harris' looks the way you did Thursday. True, she's one gorgeous woman. Everyone at that fundraiser in Silicon Valley that you both attended could take one look at Harris and see it. Trust me, Harris knows it, too. No doubt she's reminded every time she walks down the street. So, there was no need to bring it up the way you did when you called her the "best-looking attorney general in the country.
January 12, 1994 |
It's tempting to imagine a fiction film based on the exploits of James Carville and George Stephanopoulos, the Louisiana country-boy campaign strategist and the videogenic communications director who engineered Bill Clinton's 1992 presidential run. With his balding pate and devilish brow, John Malkovich would make a mighty convincing Carville, and Mike Myers, if he were a little less jowly (and a little better actor), could turn in an acceptably cocky Stephanopoulos. But once you've seen The War Room, you realize that a Hollywood version would be redundant - and not nearly as much fun. A hugely entertaining documentary by cinema verite pioneer D.A. Pennebaker and his wife, Chris Hegedus, The War Room takes us inside the Clinton campaign as it trundles determinedly, albeit idiosyncratically, toward victory.