October 28, 2010
To answer the letter about Gov. Martin O'Malley being a despicable politician ( "O'Malley is among America's most despicable politicians," Readers respond, Oct. 28): How more despicable can you be, when you bus homeless people in from another state and pay them to wear a Bob Ehrlich shirt, to pretend they are voting for him, when in fact, they cant even vote in this state because they were from Philadelphia? How more crooked and despicable can you be? Former Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. loves to hog the limelight, needs to be in charge and wants nothing more, than to have a title.
November 2, 1991
Maryland's most important politician turns 70 today. Gov. William Donald Schaefer has dominated the state's limelight -- as Baltimore's best mayor and as Maryland's most colorful governor. Once he blows out the candles, though, Mr. Schaefer will likely forego the usual festivities and get back to running the state. That's the Schaefer style.Few politicians have been so totally dedicated. Mr. Schaefer tends to state functions without letup. There are no nights or weekends off.The relentless Schaefer drive created Baltimore's renaissance.
August 13, 2001
The president's father isn't often in the limelight anymore. But George Herbert Walker Bush is almost used to it. "I'm going through a bit of an identity crisis. I used to be the president of the United States. Suddenly I realized somewhere along the line that back in '91 or '92, I was being referred to as Barbara Bush's husband," Bush said. Hmm. What's it like now? "It's gotten even worse. Now I'm referred to as the father of the president, or ... as the father of the governor. I'm not called by my name."
October 27, 2007
An open letter to Ray Lewis, middle linebacker, Baltimore Ravens: Dear Ray, This is a word of advice from a loyal Baltimore Ravens fan: Shut up and play. You've been doing quite a bit of talking lately, Ray. Everybody knows your opinion about Ravens head coach Brian Billick's play-calling ability. And, frankly, I'm with you on that one. Billick came here being hailed as an offensive genius. During his tenure as head coach, we've seen very little offense, and we sure as heck haven't seen any genius.
July 25, 2006
Baltimore City Hall is his second home, he's certainly not camera-shy, and he is front-and-center in Maryland's gubernatorial race. No, it's not Mayor Martin O'Malley. It's his 8-year-old son, William. Over the past two weeks, William O'Malley has emerged as the (baby) face of his father's bid to unseat Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., with a starring role in the mayor's latest television campaign ad. Using children and family in campaigns is an old political maneuver. Ulysses S. Grant, a two-term Republican president from 1869 to 1877, used his children to greet visitors during whistle-stops.
June 23, 1993
For years after she left the White House, Thelma Catherine Ryan Nixon -- Pat -- refused to pose for a White House portrait. Daughter Julie Nixon Eisenhower argued, "Mother, don't give those who would be happy if Daddy's and your portraits never hung in the White House a victory by default." She replied -- "matter-of-factly" in Julie's words -- "Why not? They won, didn't they?"In a way that summed up her life as a politician's wife, who died yesterday at 81. She suffered the same wounds he did. In a way, she was more victimized than her husband, because she would have preferred not to be in that arena.