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Can Ted Cruz Win? (Probably Not)


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill.)

I was listening to Rush Limbaugh when I heard the advertisement.

The voice blaring over the radio belonged to the junior senator from Texas, and he was calling for the Congress to defund ObamaCare. He was also urging listeners to donate to the Senate Conservatives Fund, an organization that’s spent millions of dollars attacking fellow Republicans for being what it deems insufficiently conservative.

Ted Cruz, having burned his bridges in the Senate, now thinks his destiny lies in a race for the White House. Perhaps it does, but his assault on almost every one of his fellow Republicans during his brief tenure in the upper chamber, while not completely unprecedented, is certainly a creative way to get the nomination. (more…)

Hillary’s First Bout With the Media in 2016 Campaign


By John Feehery

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On January 20, 1993, I shook Bill Clinton’s hand.

It was a big, soft paw, and the setting was more than a bit surreal.

I had the job of escorting Marilyn Quayle down to her seat on the West Front of the Capitol.  In typical Marilyn Quayle fashion, she was cold as ice, even though the weather in DC was relatively benign. (more…)

Not Ready for the Secretive Hillary


By John Feehery

Formal portrait of Hillary Rodham Clinton with flag, 2009

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We live in a transparent and authentic age, although very few of our politicians are perceived as being either transparent or authentic.

I think that’s one of the reasons why there is so much distrust of our political system.    People think they are being lied to by the politicians and they are usually correct.

Of course, for many voters, this is an exercise in self-delusion.   They simply don’t want to know the truth or at least acknowledge it. (more…)

Characteristics of The Front-Runner


By John Feehery


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(This originally appeared in The Hill).

The race for the Republican nomination is not as wide open as some analysts think.

It is often said that the GOP tends to fall in line rather fall in love with its candidates for the White House. And the 2016 campaign will be no different.

Republicans like to pick the person who has paid his dues and whose turn it is perceived to be. (more…)

Where are the adults?


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill.)

“If you build it, they will come.”

Steve King is no Shoeless Joe Jackson, but you have to give him some credit.

A full year before the Iowa caucus process usually gets started, the conservative congressman is helping to jump-start the imaginations of a few thousand activists. By hosting the Freedom Summit in Des Moines this past weekend, King has built a platform for himself and for a dozen or so pretenders to the throne in 2016.  (more…)


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