October 23, 2015
I CAN PINPOINT the precise moment when I realized that Hillary Clinton was as toxic as one of those old Superfund waste sites and needed to be eliminated from the political landscape so she'd stop leaching poison into the groundwater: about three-quarters of the way through the Democratic debate. Anderson Cooper (or one of the other indistinguishable CNN moderators) asked her which enemy she was proudest of making. I envisioned Monica Lewinsky, Kathleen Willey, Paula Jones and Gennifer Flowers jumping up and down in their own private living rooms saying, "Pick me, pick me!"
April 30, 1992 |
Dear H. Ross Perot: You stand on the brink of history, and are about to fall in. The peril lies not with your aims or character but with your innocence of the costs and benefits of your opportunity. I am glad you are considering becoming an independent presidential candidate. But winning the election would be a great misfortune. You would have to govern as you were elected - alone. Without a political party, you would have to govern on the basis of plebiscites - constant appeals to the masses.
February 7, 1988 |
"This affair seems like another chapter in the history of the Republican Party's machine dominance in Delaware County politics," said Priscilla Greeley Hopkirk, chairwoman of the Villanova University political science department. Hopkirk, a Nether Providence resident who recently studied the transcripts, said, "This is another illustration of the way the machine operates. " The plan by Republican leaders Nicholas F. Catania and Charles P. Sexton to get a straw candidate to run for controller in the 1981 Democratic primary was a "dirty trick," she said.
March 12, 2007
WHERE ARE the Philly Republicans? Crime, corruption, taxes, school violence. Pick your issue. They should be holding protests around the city. Are there any city Republicans willing to stand up and fight and talk about these issues? You're going to be outspent, so you better start early. It might even be fun. It is embarrassing to watch the press talk about the next mayor and not even mention the Republicans, who controlled the city for 67 years before being swept out in a clean-up-the-government campaign called Sweep Them Out. To have a government reform campaign, you first have to speak up!
February 27, 1992 |
The latest scandals surrounding the Philadelphia Housing Authority dramatize the fact that in Philadelphia we have, not one, but two governmental structures. One structure is the outward, ostensible structure that is supposedly involved in governance of the city. The other is the less visible, political party structure, which is set up - well, let's just say for other purposes. At certain times in the past these parallel structures have both had a perceived interest in providing effective government.
April 18, 1991 |
Lt. Gov. Mark Singel said yesterday that he still wanted to run for the U.S. Senate, but not this year if Gov. Casey didn't want him to. He thinks he's the best candidate, he said, but Casey may not pick him to run, but, then again, Casey just might. Singel's multi-directional and somewhat confusing comments came during a hurriedly called news conference in his office. Exactly what they meant was a bit nebulous, but the reason Singel was commenting was clear. He wanted to "elucidate" on statements he made Tuesday in which he was quoted by the Associated Press as saying he might seek the Democratic nomination for a special U.S. Senate election in November even if he did not get Casey's backing.
August 29, 1995 |
Wouldn't it be nice to have a president who was a leader and not a politician? A person who was affiliated with neither party and was above politics? A person who could bring Americans together and resolve the problems that are tearing the country apart? Such yearnings led almost one-third of Americans to support the Ross Perot candidacy in 1992 (in opinion polls) and have seen almost as many dream of an independent race by Colin Powell in 1996. But the reality is, no, it wouldn't be nice to have such a candidate, much less such a president.
June 30, 1988 |
Perhaps they had thought it before. Perhaps they had even said it, to friends, on walks through Gorky Park or along the Moscow River. But certainly they never had said it to an American journalist. "The Communist Party is too powerful," Galina Zakharova, an engineer on her lunch break, said yesterday. "I agree with the idea that power should be taken away from the party. " "Yes, the soviets must be given more power," said Rinat Animayev, 34, a painter doing sidewalk portraits on the Arbat pedestrian mall.
March 31, 2003
Remove partisanship from school board races While I wholeheartedly agree with the premise of Bob Martin's March 21 commentary ("School board members should be paid for their hard work"), I think he missed the bigger issue, which is the partisan nature of school board elections in Pennsylvania. Until the politics are removed from this very important role in our community and future, things will not improve, as the party system is a monstrous impediment to recruiting the best people for the job. Ten years ago, when I lived in another school district, a group of us were dissatisfied with our school board and mounted an independent campaign.
July 13, 2016
By Rebecca Burgess Writing democracy's obituary has a history about as long as democracy's own life span. The 2016 diagnosis includes some now-familiar maladies: legislative gridlock or stagnation, hyperpartisan divides, and the capture of the halls of government by privileged special interests, whose fistfuls of dollars effectively mute the political voice of the average American. Under such circumstances, the report goes, democracy flatlines. But democracy isn't dead - it's quite alive, and its reactionary kicking against aspects of our modern administrative state explains a great deal about current levels of gridlock and partisanship.