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Post-Hillary, Who?

Apr1

By John Feehery

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“Hillary Clinton (by Brett Weinstein)” by Brett Weinstein – http://www.flickr.com/photos/nrbelex/2232632457/in/photostream/. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

So, let’s assume that Hillary doesn’t run for the White House, for a second.

She wiped her servers clean, she lied to the public about wanting to to send emails from only one device, her top staffer had an unusually cozy and lucrative relationship with a shadowy PR front group that is being probed by the Senate, the relationship between her and her husband is a bit unique, and her husband’s former paramour and intern is now starring on The View.

So, let just posit that Hillary becomes untenable as a Presidential candidate.  The one thing that is propping her up is the sad fact that the Democrats have no bench.  Who will run if Hillary doesn’t run, the question goes.

Here are my power top-ten rankings about the Democratic field, sans Hillary. (more…)

The Politics on the Indiana Law

Mar31

By John Feehery

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“Mike Pence, official portrait, 112th Congress” by United States Congress – http://mikepence.house.gov/images/stories/pence_photo.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

I’m not going to weigh in on the legal details of the fight over Indiana’s new law (which I assume will be repealed or modified in the coming months).

I have read arguments on both sides, and I honestly don’t know enough about the legal technicalities to decide who is right and who is wrong.

But I can tell you about the politics.

And they aren’t good for the conservative side of the equation. (more…)

Trashing the Team You Want to Lead

Mar30

By John Feehery

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“Rand Paul by Gage Skidmore 9″ by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

So, Ted Cruz and Rand Paul voted against the Republican budget in the Senate.

The more I think about it, the more it infuriates me.

How can you lead a team that you don’t want anything to do with? (more…)

As Budget Passes, Reid Departs

Mar27

By John Feehery

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“Harry Reid official portrait 2009″ by United States Congress – http://reid.senate.gov/images/Reid-_2009_Official_Photo.jpg. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Perhaps it was the voter-rama that did it?

Was it just a coincidence that shortly after the Senate completed work on its budget for the year that Senator Harry Reid announced that he was hanging up his spurs?

Maybe. (more…)

SGR Down. Corporate Tax Reform Next?

Mar26

By John Feehery

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“John Boehner” by Gage Skidmore – Flickr: John Boehner. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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

If Congress can solve a problem like Medicare’s “doc fix,” lawmakers should be able to address a corporate tax rate that kills economic growth and moves jobs overseas.

Medicare’s “Sustainable Growth Rate” mechanism was part of the Balanced Budget Act of 1997. The idea was to tie the set rate at which Medicare doctors are compensated to economic growth. But health-care costs grew faster than the economy, and to avoid a physician exodus that could threaten the program, every year Congress would pass a temporary “doc fix” adding to the amount paid to the doctors.

Fixing the SGR gives peace of mind to doctors that they can continue to participate in Medicare. It’s good policy and good politics. (more…)

 

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