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Graham and a White House Run

May20

By John Feehery

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“Lindsey Graham, Official Portrait 2006″ by US Senate – [1]. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

Lindsey Graham is a smart guy.

He was part of the Class of 1994, and not unlike the rambunctious class of 2010, Graham wanted to change how Congress was doing business.

He wasn’t particularly satisfied with the Speakership of Newt Gingrich, and was part of the group that threatened to bring him down.

That coup didn’t go anywhere, but Graham distinguished himself as a thoughtful conservative he wasn’t happy with the status quo. (more…)

Hillary is Vulnerable on Iraq

May18

By John Feehery

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“Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chatham House Prize 2013 Winner (10210101233)” by Chatham House – Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chatham House Prize 2013 Winner Uploaded by russavia. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

Iraq will play a central role in the 2016 election.

President Obama had hoped that, by pulling out our troops just in time for his reelection, he could put the conflict in the rearview mirror.

With the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) on its way to conquering Anbar, that’s not going to happen.

Some Republican candidates for the presidency have struggled to answer the simple question about whether they would have done the same thing as George W. Bush in 2003, knowing what we know now. (more…)

Jeb Has To Prove That He is His Own Man

May15

By John Feehery

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It was a slam dunk.

Jeb Bush could have quoted his brother. Or his most likely opponent in a general election, should he win the primary.

Instead, he fumbled the ball. (more…)

Ensemble Cast

May5

By John Feehery

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“Ben Carson by Gage Skidmore 4″ by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

It has now become obligatory for the Republican primary field look more like a Hollywood ensemble cast.

This is the second election in a row that follows that script.   This year’s version is new and improved.

It’s important to have a woman of course. Carly Fiorina replaces Michelle Bachmann in that role, an improvement in my estimation. (more…)

Scandals Alone Won’t Stop Clinton

May4

By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

There’s no way that draft-dodger is going to beat the president.”

I made that bold prediction at a rehearsal dinner a few months before the 1992 election, and I was convinced that the scandals that had plagued Bill Clinton would disqualify him in the eyes of the American people.

Others took a different view. The economy had lackluster growth, President George H.W. Bush seemed disinterested in a domestic agenda and Clinton seemed young and energetic. (more…)

 

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