Archive for the ‘election’ Category

Partisanship Without Purpose


By John Feehery

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“Cecil Roberts 2009″ by Bernard Pollack/(aflcio) – CO: Mine worker and activist Bob Butero with UMW President Cecil Roberts. Licensed under CC BY 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Outside of the losing candidates themselves, who had the worst election night last Tuesday?

You can make the case that it was the head of the United Mine Workers union,  Cecil Roberts.

Roberts biggest mistake was supporting Alison Grimes over Mitch McConnell.  Grimes always was going to be a long-shot, despite what the polls say.  And McConnell is now poised to be the Senate Majority Leader.  (more…)

The Limits of Direct Democracy


By John Feehery

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“DC Cannabis Campaign volunteer 2014″ by MatthewVanitas – Own work. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I couldn’t do it.

Despite talking a big game about being for pot legalization, when I had the chance to vote for the policy, I voted no.

It didn’t matter.   DC voters overwhelmingly approved the referendum. (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…)


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