July 8, 1987 |
President Reagan, taking his tax-and-spend battle with Congress on the road, asserted today that his administration has not run out of steam and that "all that lame-duck talk is for the birds. " Recalling that Harry Truman had been the last president to visit this blue-collar factory town, Reagan said his attacks on congressional tax and spending policies made "some up on Capitol Hill hot under the collar. " "I guess they think I'm giving them hell," said Reagan, whose whirlwind visit to New Britain coincided with Lt. Col. Oliver North's second day of testimony at the Iran-contra hearings in Washington.
October 11, 1995 |
The Cincinnati Reds will fire manager Davey Johnson at the end of the season. This, understand, isn't a scoop. It's not even news; Johnson has known from the first day of spring training that he's gone as soon as the Reds' season ends, swept out with the crumpled paper cups and the used adhesive tape, even if the Reds win the World Series. But Johnson, who has been reluctant to talk about his lame-duck status most of the season, addressed the issue before Cincinnati lost to Atlanta, 2-1, in 11 innings, in Game 1 of the National League Championship Series last night.
July 26, 2010 |
Barack Obama's considerable political capital, earned on Election Day 2008, is spent - well spent, mind you, on the enactment of a highly ideological agenda of Obamacare, financial reform, and a $787 billion stimulus package that will significantly transform the country. But spent nonetheless. There's nothing left with which to complete his social-democratic ambitions. This would have to await the renewed mandate that would come with a second inaugural. That's why, as I suggested last week, nothing of major legislative consequence is likely to occur for the next 21/2 years - except, as columnist Irwin Stelzer points out, for one constitutional loophole: a lame-duck Congress called back into session between the elections this November and the swearing-in of the 112th Congress in January.
February 8, 1988 |
The three major television networks beat the House to the punch last week in declaring President Reagan a lame duck. A day before the House acted by a eight-vote margin to cut off further aid to the Nicaraguan Contras, the networks cast their ballots by refusing Reagan free time to sum up the case for helping his beloved "freedom fighters. " The Contras are fighting communism in Nicaragua, but the setback inflicted on them and Reagan by the networks was a triumph of capitalism.
September 16, 2004 |
Lame-duck manager Art Howe and the listless New York Mets lost for the 21st time in 25 games last night, with John Thomson pitching the visiting Atlanta Braves to a 2-0 victory last n ight. The Mets fired Howe hours earlier, making the move effective at the end of the season. Thomson (12-8) gave up five hits in seven innings. In other games: At Milwaukee, Barry Bonds barely missed his 700th homer, but J.T. Snow connected following yet another walk to the San Francisco slugger and the Giants beat the Brewers, 8-1. Bonds went 0-for-4 with a first-inning flyout to the rightfield warning track, leaving him at 699. At Phoenix, Randy Johnson (14-13)
January 30, 2000 |
Leave it to ever-nimble President Clinton, the presumed lame duck, to frame the debate for the next presidential election by seeming to ask for a third term he cannot have. The President, who brought unwanted drama to his State of the Union address in the last two years and who harbors a unique capacity to inspire and infuriate, showed no sign last week of a quiet exit from the public stage he has dominated for seven years. Laying out an ample buffet of proposals - pretested to be popular with the people - Clinton inserted himself into the next presidential race by trying to ensure that the final page of his legacy will be the election of his chosen successor, Vice President Gore.
April 29, 1998 |
Channel 10's consumer crusader is himself in Denenberg's Dump. Herb Denenberg, a 23-year station veteran who has accumulated an astounding 35 Emmys for his TV work, is in the dump at least partly because of something controversial he had written for the station's Web site. KYW NewsRadio yesterday reported that Denenberg has been yanked off the air, but Channel 10 news director Steve Doerr last night said that it is "business as usual," with Denenberg appearing on a variety of newscasts.
May 23, 1995 |
Last Tuesday, Democratic voters here dumped three officeholders who had been locked in a bitter power struggle for more than three years. But the lame-duck officials - Mayor Barbara Bohannan-Sheppard on one side and City Council members Charles P. McLaughlin and Annette M. Burton on the other - battle on, with each side claiming the right to control millions of dollars for Chester's economic development. At a meeting Wednesday, the board of the Chester Redevelopment Authority, appointed by Bohannan-Sheppard, continued to defy an order from the City Council to hand over control of about $11.4 million in federal low-income community development funds.
June 5, 1989 |
Back about 2,000 days ago - Jan. 5, 1984 - Mayor Goode released a list detailing his agenda for his first 100 days in office. A review of that agenda is discouraging. Right up at the top of the list, under "Resolve Critical Issues and Projects," were these six major priorities for Wilson Goode's first 100 Days in office: The homeless. Resource recovery system. Cable television. Convention Center. Vendor policy. Detention Center/Justice Center.
November 23, 1987 |
President Reagan may have more than a year left to serve as the nation's chief executive, but many here are suggesting that the "Reagan Era" has already ended. "It's lame duck in spades," said Colin Campbell, professor of government at Georgetown University, echoing others in assessing Reagan's troubles as a politician who by law cannot seek another term. Reagan has been battered in recent months by a series of political setbacks at the hands of the Democrat-controlled Congress, a sharp contrast to his streak of victories after his 1980 landslide election.