opinion Todd Blodgett Guest columnist Published 9:45 AM EST Dec 7, 2018 In discussing the life and career of President George H.W. Bush, several pundits mentioned Willie Horton, whose violent criminality, they claimed, helped Bush get elected president. I knew and worked for President Bush and his campaign manager, Lee Atwater, and served on the staff of Bush’s 1988 campaign committee. I had a first-hand view of this issue from behind the scenes. Then-U.S. Sen. Al Gore, seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, attacked rival Michael Dukakis for allowing convicted killers serving life without parole to be furloughed. Horton was furloughed after a Massachusetts law was modified with the support of Dukakis, the state's governor, who became Bush’s general election opponent. While on furlough, Horton illegally left Massachusetts, assaulted a man and raped a woman. Referencing Dukakis, Atwater said he wanted to “strip the bark off the … [Read more...] about The real issue with the infamous Willie Horton ad campaign wasn’t race
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Source: YouTube screenshot / youtube screenshot George H. W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States, died at the age of 94 on Friday in his beloved Texas. But while some news outlets remembered the former vice president, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and father to the 43rd president as a devoted family man and war hero, others on social media said they still felt the lingering pain from one of the lower points of Bush’s political career. The single term president won the White House in 1988, but it was one of his campaign’s political strategies in particular that rubbed many the wrong way, especially African-Americans. At the time of a contentious election season, Republicans released a now-infamous TV commercial about a man named Willie Horton that exploited white fear of Black men. Horton was a convicted murderer who raped a white woman while out of prison under a weekend furlough program in Massachusetts. His “scowling mug shot … [Read more...] about Social Media Remembers The Racist Willie Horton Ad As President George H.W. Bush Dies At 94
close Video Kavanaugh: 'This is ridiculous and from the twilight zone' Judge Kavanaugh responds to the latest allegations from a third accuser. Sexual misconduct has nothing to do with political ideology, party identification or occupation. It is wrong, regardless of whether it is committed by a Democrat, a Republican, a celebrity, a member of the clergy, a journalist, an executive or someone in another line of work. Yet in their zeal to do absolutely anything to keep Judge Brett Kavanaugh off the Supreme Court, Democrats are treating unsubstantiated allegations about his conduct in high school and college as the Gospel truth. At the same time, they have forgiven serious sexual misconduct – proven and alleged – by Democratic men many years older and in positions of power. The #MeToo movement is important and long overdue. No one – male or female, child or adult – should be forced to endure sexual harassment or assault, and all victims should be … [Read more...] about Kavanaugh chaos: Democrats are sinking the #MeToo movement in politics. Can it survive?
By Anne Valdespino | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: August 19, 2018 at 7:19 am | UPDATED: August 19, 2018 at 7:19 am Co-owners Bri Huskins and Kent Huskins pose next to the in-house coffee roaster at the recently opened Huskins Coffee Company on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Santa Ana, Calif. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer) Co-owners Kent Huskins and Bri Huskins pose for a portrait at the recently opened Huskins Coffee Company on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Santa Ana, Calif. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsCo-owners Bri Huskins and Kent Huskins pose for a portrait at the recently opened Huskins Coffee Company on Thursday, August 16, 2018 in Santa Ana, Calif. (Photo by Josh Barber, Contributing Photographer) Co-owners Kent Huskins, left, and Bri Huskins, right, and manager Meghan Houston, center, pose for a portrait at the recently opened Huskins Coffee Company on Thursday, August 16, … [Read more...] about Why Huskins Coffee Company would rather go slow and do things right than try to become the next Tim Hortons overnight
Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about Facebook Email Twitter Google+ LinkedIn Pinterest Here's why the Stormy Daniels scandal won't sink the Trump presidency The public has once again met a scandal within the Trump administration with a yawn. His approval numbers are even up some. Sent! A link has been sent to your friend's email address. Posted! A link has been posted to your Facebook feed. Join the Conversation To find out more about Facebook commenting please read the Conversation Guidelines and FAQs Subscribe Today Log In Subscribed, but don't have a login? Activate your digital access. Jordan Harris, Opinion contributor Published 12:25 p.m. ET May 8, 2018 CLOSE After months of denials, President Donald Trump has acknowledged paying off porn star Stormy Daniels. Trump's story about the $130,000 payment — what he knew about it and when — has evolved over time. (May … [Read more...] about Here’s why the Stormy Daniels scandal won’t sink the Trump presidency