Who will seize the GOP Nomination If It Isn’t Bush?


By John Feehery

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“Jeb Bush by Gage Skidmore 2″ by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

If Not Bush, Who?

If I were a betting man, I would be that Jeb Bush would win the GOP nomination and that he would face off against Hillary Clinton. Sounds kind of boring, but after 8 years of President Obama, boring sounds great.

But what if it’s not Bush. Who would it be?

Here is my top ten list, from worst to first: (more…)

Do Corporate Reform First


By John Feehery

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“Paul Ryan with Barack Obama 02-25-10″ by The White House from Washington, DC – P022510PS-0748. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

“Get your billions back, America.”

That H&R Block admonition–a clever ad campaign–shows the inherent conflict with the Republican Party’s anti-tax philosophy.

For most Americans, April 15 is not a day to pay taxes. It’s a time to get a refund. An industry has sprung up to help Americans spend their refunds even before they have arrived.

This dynamic makes it hard for Republicans to pass comprehensive changes to the tax code, especially for individuals. (more…)

Lincoln Is Murdered


By John Feehery

An iconic black and white photograph of a bearded Abraham Lincoln showing his head and shoulders.

“Abraham Lincoln November 1863″ by Alexander Gardner – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

“The past is never dead.  It is not even past.”  So wrote William Faulkner and truer words were never written.

I am slightly older than a half century, and three of my lifetimes ago, Abraham Lincoln was gunned down at Ford’s Theater.  He died at 7:22 on Tax Day, although when he died, the Internal Revenue Service hadn’t yet been established.

The Civil War was a marvel of technology, and it would usher in military tactics and engineering that would make World War I and then World War II possible. (more…)

How Can A Senator Win the White House When the American People Hate Congress?


By John Feehery

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“111th US Senate class photo” by U.S. Senate, 111th Congress, Senate Photo Studio – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

For 44 years, being a senator wasn’t a sufficient qualification for winning the White House.

Before Barack Obama used his brief tenure in the upper chamber to catapult to the Oval Office, Jack Kennedy was the last senator to move straight to the nation’s highest elective office.

There are roughly 100 folks in the Senate now who believe that they are qualified to be president, so I guess it shouldn’t be that surprising that, over the last couple of weeks, three senators and one former senator have announced they are running for the White House. (more…)

Driving At Night (Thanks to US Airway/American Airlines)


By John Feehery

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“Aa b767-300er n363aa arp” by Adrian Pingstone (Arpingstone) – Own work. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Two bad things can happen when you drive late at night.

First, you might fall asleep.  And of course that’s bad.

Second, there are a lot more bad drivers when it gets dark out.  Drunk drivers.  Sleepy drivers.  Drivers that can’t see very well.

My wife Kerry reminded me of all of those things as we drove north from our vacation spot in Florida, making the case for why we couldn’t drive through the night with our two kids in the back seat. (more…)


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