July 21, 1990 |
Republican National Chairman Lee Atwater named veteran GOP political consultant Charles Black to serve as his "designated spokesman" while Atwater continues his struggle against a brain tumor. It was the first official recognition by party officials of a problem that many Republicans have discussed privately--that the GOP has been handicapped by Atwater's prolonged absence.
June 16, 1989 |
Republicans today commended GOP National Chairman Lee Atwater for his aggressive leadership and said he had been subjected to "unremitting attacks" from Democrats. Members of the Republican National Committee adopted a resolution commending Atwater's leadership. In debate on the resolution, Jack London, the GOP national committeeman from Arizona, praised what he called Atwater's courage and asked, "Why do you think the Democrats want to get rid of him?" 'Promote This Party' Atwater pledged that "every ounce of energy I have is going to be dedicated to doing the best job I can to promote this party."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 4, 1989
Political chickens don't always come home to roost, but Atwater and Bush are hosts to at least a small pullet, as moral consequences are measured these days, in the election of Duke to the Louisiana legislature. It was Atwater who invoked the atavistic fear of blacks in the white voters of this country, which was crucial in winning the presidency for George Bush, by making Willie Horton the nightmare issue he became. Was it a certain sense of guilt that made him and Bush (and Ronald Reagan, too)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 17, 1989
From the wonderful people who based a presidential campaign on Willie Horton, we now have the snide, sneaky tactic of smearing Foley with a homosexual brush because he's a "liberal" (gasp!), just like admitted homosexual Rep. Barney Frank of Massachusetts. The underling in the Republican National Committee who dreamed up the dread memo (all by himself in the dead of night, of course) was fired by Atwater. Terrific! President Bush expressed disgust. Bravo! Now that we've reached the nadir of dirty politics, let's face it, folks--Atwater is Bush's boy and the President should fire him. LORRAINE SCHULBERG Beverly Hills
April 23, 1989
Howard University President James E. Cheek announced that he will retire after 20 years as leader of the nation's most prominent black college, the Washington Post reported. Cheek, 56, who according to sources is being considered for the post of U.S. ambassador to Cameroon, said his resignation would be effective June 30. During the Cheek era, he and a small group of advisers directed a large-scale expansion of the Washington university, almost doubling its physical size and quadrupling the faculty.
April 21, 1989 |
It is, to say the least, an audacious thought. Imagine, the Republican Party as the party of blacks and Latinos. Too much to swallow? Well, how about Republicans as the party of a growing fraction of up-and-coming, entrepreneurial, baby-boomer minorities--blacks, Latinos and Asians--perhaps just enough to shut the door on Democratic hopes of occupying the White House again this century? "This for the long run and winning those elections we've got right now are my top priorities," said GOP National Chairman Lee Atwater, President Bush's top political operative.