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The NAACP Could Learn from the NRA


By John Feehery

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“Tim Scott, official portrait, 113th Congress” by United States Senate – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

The NAACP should learn from the NRA, but it won’t.

The National Rifle Association is the most powerful interest group in Washington.

It has an activist group of members.  It is unwavering in its commitment to its principles. (more…)

2016 Is Right Around the Corner


By John Feehery

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“Greg Walden Congressman” by United States Government – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Well, that was fun.

Now, on to the next election.

Republicans won a resounding victory, thanks to President Obama’s stunning incompetence. (more…)

Obama’s Top Ten Blunders


By John Feehery

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“President Barack Obama” by Official White House Photo by Pete Souza – P120612PS-0463 (direct link). Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

The Republicans didn’t win this midterm election cycle, although they made some smart decisions to avoid losing it. The president and his team lost it — and they lost it because President Obama became toxic to swing voters and uninspiring to a huge chunk of his party’s base. Looking back, here are the top 10 blunders of the Obama administration that helped to steer the midterms to the GOP:

10) The ObamaCare roll-out disaster: For such a tech-savvy White House, the bungling of the healthcare reform website was shocking, and a sign of things to come for a controversial law that never recovered from its initial missteps. (more…)

Top Ten Moments in This Year’s Race for Senate Control


By John Feehery

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“Mitch McConnell official portrait 112th Congress” by United States Senate – Licensed under Public domain via Wikimedia Commons.

With Republicans poised to win a pretty big victory next week, here are the top ten moments that helped them win:

10) Mitch McConnell hires Jesse Benton:  It probably wasn’t easy for the Senate Minority Leader to reach out to Rand Paul’s campaign manager (for either party), but that one move helped to consolidate the Republican base in Kentucky after a tough primary. (more…)

Picking at the Scabs of Race Relations


By John Feehery

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“Reince Priebus by Gage Skidmore” by Gage Skidmore – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

In 1950, Jesse Helms was in charge of publicity for the Senatorial campaign of Wills Smith, a conservative Democrat, a campaign that featured fliers with the unambiguous heading, “Wake Up, White People.”

Helms would later run and win as a Senator from North Carolina.  In 1990, running against Harvey Gantt, the Helms campaign released an ad that tightly focused on a pair of white hands, crumpling up a job-rejection letter, with a voice over that he lost the job because they had to hire a minority. (more…)


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