Archive for the ‘election’ Category


On Chris Christie

Jun30

By John Feehery

Chris Christie by Gage Skidmore.jpg

“Chris Christie by Gage Skidmore” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I am excited about Chris Christie entering the Presidential field.

Not as excited as I was when I said on CNN after his reelection as Governor of New Jersey that he was the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

Christie swept into office, winning votes in all kinds of places, including among blacks, Hispanics, gays, and even Protestants.

That, of course, was before Bridge-gate revealed its ugly head. (more…)

Winning By Losing

Jun27

By John Feehery

Supporters of marriage between a man and a woman rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court early on June 26. Reuters

Supporters of marriage between a man and a woman rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court early on June 26. Reuters

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

Conservatives may be furious with the Supreme Court, but the court did the Republican Party two big favors this week.

With the justices ending debate over the legality of same-sex marriage and the constitutionality of Obamacare, the GOP won by losing.

Polls show that acceptance of gay marriage has been climbing for the past decade. For Republicans to fall on their swords in a losing battle would have a huge distraction for a divided party. (more…)

Jindal’s Run

Jun25

By John Feehery

Bobby Jindal CPAC 2013 B.jpg

“Bobby Jindal CPAC 2013 B” by Gage Skidmore – Flickr: Bobby Jindal. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Bobby Jindal will not win the Presidency a year from next November.

His campaign for the White House probably won’t last the summer.

He barely registers more than a blip on the national polls and it’s hard to know exactly where he is going to get enough money to run a decent campaign.

Yet, his entry into the race is still historically significant. (more…)

Jeb Bush and The Pope

Jun24

By John Feehery

Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, Announcement Tour and Town Hall, Adams Opera House, Derry, New Hampshire by Michael Vadon 01.jpg

“Governor of Florida Jeb Bush, Announcement Tour and Town Hall, Adams Opera House, Derry, New Hampshire by Michael Vadon 01″ by Michael Vadon – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

Jeb Bush is the Pope Francis of the Republican field.

Like Francis, Bush represents the establishment. For the 2016 hopeful, it’s the Republican establishment, while for Francis, it’s the Catholic Church, the biggest of the Christian denominations. (more…)

Trumping Trump?

Jun16

By John Feehery

Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg

“Donald Trump by Gage Skidmore 3″ by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

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

Donald Trump is a brilliant marketer, a peerless self-promoter, a smart businessman–and a political disaster. His presidential campaign might be amusing, but it would not be serious.When should a billionaire run for president?

Still, his entry into the race could cause serious problems for the Republican Party.

Mr. Trump channels the frustration and fears of an angry GOP electorate. These voters question Barack Obama’s citizenship, as does Mr. Trump. They hate immigrants, and he spews anti-immigrant rhetoric. They say anything that comes to mind, as does he. (more…)

 

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