September 16, 1988 |
Dismissing the "Massachusetts Miracle" as the "Massachusetts Mirage," Vice President Bush ridiculed the economic record of Michael S. Dukakis yesterday and said the governor deserved a gold medal in the "tax-and-spend competition. " The speech to the Commonwealth Club of California marked Bush's first frontal attack on Dukakis' assertion that his performance in managing the economy of Massachusetts qualifies him for the presidency. In addition, it provided an infusion of new material for Bush, whose rhetoric had seemed stale and repetitive this week - to the point that the Republican candidate had all but disappeared from the television networks' evening newscasts.
December 28, 1987 |
To America's aging industrial belt, to its struggling farm communities and depressed Southern oil states, presidential candidate Michael S. Dukakis has been carrying the amazing story of "the Massachusetts miracle" for nearly a year now. To no one's surprise, he has been enthusiastically received. "Twelve years ago, they were calling us the new Appalachia," the governor tells his audiences. The state's double-digit unemployment rate was among the highest in the country. So were its taxes.
August 17, 1988 |
At their convention here this week, ranking Republicans have made fun of Michael S. Dukakis' height, suggested that he has no friends and revealed what they say is his "fundamental character flaw" - an inability to tell the truth. Then there is the comic book, endorsed by the Rev. Jerry Falwell, showing Dukakis in drag; the "Get Out of Jail Free" Monopoly card from the College Republicans, and Alexander Haig Jr.'s description of Dukakis as "the dimunitive clerk from Massachusetts" and the Democratic ticket as a bat "hanging upside down for extended periods in dark, damp caves up to its navel in guano.
April 22, 1988 |
What remains of the presidential campaign caravan has arrived in Pennsylvania, leaving a trail of spent candidacies and spent money. There won't be the television advertising blizzard voters in other states have had to endure, but there will be some. You've probably already seen a few TV spots over the last 24 hours: the Rev. Jesse Jackson, backed by country-western music, or Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis framed in the glory of his "Massachusetts Miracle. " Nothing nasty.
July 24, 1991 |
When Vice President Quayle spoke here last week, he took note of the remarkable change that had occurred since New Hampshire gave George Bush the 1988 primary victory that started him to the White House. Telling the Chamber of Commerce audience what he had gleaned from "visiting with the governor and others" on his first trip to the state as vice president, Quayle said, "I know the dire economic situation here in New Hampshire. We went through a similar situation in my home state of Indiana early in the '80s, and it's not pleasant.
June 6, 1990 |
It's doubtful that in the excitement of the summit meetings President Bush paid much notice to what happened here last weekend. But the collapse of Massachusetts Gov. Michael Dukakis' political dynasty, dramatized by the events at the state Democratic convention, illustrates the risks Bush is taking in tying his most vital foreign policy decisions to the personal fate of Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Two years ago, the man every Massachusetts pol calls "Michael" dominated politics here as completely as Gorbachev then controlled the Kremlin.
November 15, 1989 |
What is to be made of a downhill slide so precipitous and so public as to stop just short of tragedy? On Nov. 8, 1988, Michael and Kitty Dukakis ended a two-day, 11-city blitz in his final attempt to become president of the United States. By Nov. 8, 1989, one year later, Michael Dukakis had become a lame-duck governor with a 17 percent approval rating, a projected $700 million state deficit, a man blamed for everything wrong in the state except acid rain. And on this very same day, doctors announced that Kitty Dukakis had been hospitalized for drinking rubbing alcohol.
May 27, 1988 |
It looks as though Vice President George Bush is hip-deep in the doo-doo and sinking fast. He not only is trailing Democrat Michael Dukakis in the polls, he's not doing so hot against Manuel Noriega. President Reagan gave him an endorsement so lacking in warmth that he had to run it through the microwave to get it to room temperature. Each week brings new revelations that cast doubt on Bush's claims that he was innocent of guilty knowledge in either the Iran-Contra Follies or the CIA's "Just Say Yes to Drug-Runners Show.
October 27, 1988 |
As Harry Ellis Dickson hears more and more from the Republicans about his son-in-law, Michael Dukakis, he is tempted to change his opinion of the man. "I'm beginning to hate him. " "They tell me Michael doesn't salute the flag. They tell me he likes criminals. They tell me he likes dirty water," Dickson told an audience of 100 senior citizens at SAGA, the Senior Adults for Greater Achievement, in Ambler yesterday. "How low can people get?" Dickson and Euterpe Dukakis, the Democratic presidential candidate's 85- year-old mother, were in the Philadelphia area to bring across the real Michael Dukakis and to clear up the "misinformation and distortions" his mother accused George Bush's campaign of spreading.
March 24, 1988 |
Hey, how about giving Michael Dukakis some respect? Even after coming in third in the Illinois primary, he's still the front-runner for the Democratic presidential nomination. He's run more successfully in more places than anyone predicted. On Super Tuesday he tied two Southerners in their own regional primary. Polls show him a 3-to-2 favorite over Jesse Jackson and a 2-to-1 favorite over Al Gore among Democrats, while the hankering for Somebody Else (Mario Cuomo, Bill Bradley, Sam Nunn)