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Why Kasich Should Run


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

Is an already crowded field for the presidency in 2016 a barrier to entry for Ohio Gov. John Kasich?

I don’t think so. In fact, it could help Kasich by lowering the amount of money necessary to compete.

Right now, the GOP field is divided into two camps: Jeb Bush and everybody else. Nobody in the current field can compete with the Bush financial and organizational network; these candidates can only hope to be the alternative should the former Florida governor falter.
Florida Sen. Marco Rubio is the latest flavor of the month, and he sits atop the “everybody else” primary. But primary voters are a fickle lot, and they blow with the latest earned media. (more…)

Slowing Down Hillary’s Quest for the White House


By John Feehery

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“Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chatham House Prize 2013 Winner (10209889514)” by Chatham House – Hillary Rodham Clinton, Chatham House Prize 2013 Winner
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The New York Times doesn’t much care for Hillary Clinton, and I can’t say I blame them too much.

Her record as Secretary of State is turning out to be one big scandal. She has an avowed hatred for the press and a special dislike for the characters who work at the Old Gray Lady. She is mean to people she doesn’t like and paranoid about people she doesn’t know. And she attracts scandals like bees attract honey.

Sadly, for me and the New York Times, there is no evidence any of this will slow her down in her quest for the White House. (more…)

The Residence and Its Lessons


By John Feehery

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(This originally appeared in The Hill)

They were about the most paranoid people I’d ever seen in my life.”

That’s how Skip Allen, who served in the White House Usher’s Office, described Bill and Hillary Clinton in Kate Andersen Brower’s fascinating new book about life in America’s most famous house, called The Residence.

Andersen Brower describes the back stories behind the Clintons’ domestic disputes, Hillary Clinton’s foul language, an incident in which the first lady angrily threw a lamp at the president, and the drama that suffused the White House during those long eight years. (more…)

Who will seize the GOP Nomination If It Isn’t Bush?


By John Feehery

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If Not Bush, Who?

If I were a betting man, I would be that Jeb Bush would win the GOP nomination and that he would face off against Hillary Clinton. Sounds kind of boring, but after 8 years of President Obama, boring sounds great.

But what if it’s not Bush. Who would it be?

Here is my top ten list, from worst to first: (more…)

How Can A Senator Win the White House When the American People Hate Congress?


By John Feehery

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“111th US Senate class photo” by U.S. Senate, 111th Congress, Senate Photo Studio – Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in The Hill)

For 44 years, being a senator wasn’t a sufficient qualification for winning the White House.

Before Barack Obama used his brief tenure in the upper chamber to catapult to the Oval Office, Jack Kennedy was the last senator to move straight to the nation’s highest elective office.

There are roughly 100 folks in the Senate now who believe that they are qualified to be president, so I guess it shouldn’t be that surprising that, over the last couple of weeks, three senators and one former senator have announced they are running for the White House. (more…)


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