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Thursday, October 01, 2009

OP ED: Obama’s Playing His Cards Wrong: Why the President’s Health Care Speech Failed to Persuade

Obama’s Playing His Cards Wrong

Why the President’s Health Care Speech Failed to Persuade

By Matt Mackowiak

September 11, 2009

New York Daily News


In politics, unlike in spades, you can only play your trump card once.

On Wednesday night, with all three networks and the cable channels offering free air time for an audience of millions, President Obama played the ace up his sleeve in an attempt to save his health care legislation, sway weak-kneed legislators and convince some of the many Americans that oppose his health care plan.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 10/01 at 08:44 PM
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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

OP ED: Health Bill’s Grim Political Prognosis

Health Bill’s Grim Political Prognosis

By Matt Mackowiak

Philadelphia Inquirer

August 25, 2009

http://www.philly.com/inquirer/opinion/20090825_Health_bill_s_grim_political_prognosis.html 

Given that the Obama administration’s communications team has been widely praised as skillful and effective, it’s surprising that Congress’ August recess has confirmed what many suspected: The White House is devoid of a coherent message on its signature issue, health-care reform.

Let’s review where things stand. The legislation in Congress has failed to meet President Obama’s stated criteria - namely, that it be deficit-neutral, bend the cost curve down over time, and insure everyone.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 08/25 at 11:16 AM
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OP ED: A Winning Strategy?

A Winning Strategy?

By Matt Mackowiak

Austin American-Statesman

August 13, 2009

http://www.statesman.com/search/content/editorial/stories/2009/08/13/0813mackowiak_edit.html

With just months until the GOP primary for governor, the next major decision to shape the race is if and when U.S. Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison will resign to run full-time.

State law does not require that Hutchison resign her Senate seat to run for governor, only that she not serve simultaneously in federal and state office. The decision to resign is complicated, fraught with potential risks and brings clear advantages and disadvantages.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 08/25 at 11:06 AM
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Friday, July 31, 2009

OP ED: Barbour for President? Seriously

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Barbour for President? Seriously
by Matt Mackowiak
Congressional Quarterly
Friday, July 31, 2009

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has shown he knows how to maneuver his way through a bad storm. While leaders in neighboring Louisiana bickered about who loused up the recovery there from Hurricane Katrina, Barbour was taking bows for his work in Mississippi and cruising to re-election with a higher margin than four years earlier.

The former national Republican Party chairman is leading the Republican Governors Association, having stepped in to take the wheel after its former chairman, Gov. Mark Sanford of South Carolina flamed out in a scandal that left his career and family in tatters.

Barbour takes over the RGA as 37 states prepare to hold gubernatorial elections next year. Thus, Barbour will be raising money and campaigning on behalf of many Republican candidates, increasing his national profile and getting himself up to date with key party officials, politicians and donors across the country.

In June he visited the pivotal primary states of New Hampshire and Iowa to help raise money for their state GOP organizations.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 07/31 at 09:07 PM
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OP ED: Obama Failing to Make Plan Deficit-Neutral

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Obama Failing to Make Plan Deficit-Neutral
By Matt Mackowiak
Philadelphia Inquirer
Sunday, July 26, 2009

There is an important thread that connects the failed stimulus bill and current efforts to reform health care: the federal deficit. And there is only one group on Capitol Hill with the commitment, credibility, and political mind-set to block the current health-care legislation.

The Blue Dog Coalition is currently made up of 52 conservative and moderate Democratic members of Congress and has been in existence for 15 years. The organization exists, primarily, to join politically vulnerable Democrats and serve as a moderating influence on the larger and more liberal Democratic caucus.

On the organization’s Web site, you’ll find the following figured prominently: “Currently, the U.S. Debt is estimated at: $11,226,807,380,955.11. Your share of today’s public debt is: $36,683.01.” The Blue Dogs have kept a laserlike focus on the federal deficit in recent years.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 07/31 at 09:01 PM
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OP ED: Six Things Obama Must Do to Succeed

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Six Things Obama Must Do to Succeed
By Matt Mackowiak
Politico
Wednesday, July 22, 2009

With his approval rating falling below 50 percent for the first time, President Barack Obama finds himself in a politically dangerous position and has called his fourth prime-time press conference for Wednesday to try to turn things around. The bully pulpit is an extremely effective advantage that only the White House commands. 

To be successful, Obama must do the following six things:

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 07/31 at 08:58 PM
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OP ED: Tester isn’t Matching What Burns Delivered for Montana

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Tester isn’t Matching What Burns Delivered for Montana
By Matt Mackowiak
Great Falls Tribune
Friday, July 17, 2009

By only 3,562 votes state Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., was elected to serve in the U.S. Senate instead of sitting Sen. Conrad Burns, R-Mont.

In that campaign, Tester raised ethical questions about Burns in the Jack Abramoff investigation and questioned Burns’ Senate seniority.

But after three years, the result of sending Tester to Washington is that Montanans made a costly mistake.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 07/31 at 08:51 PM
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OP ED: Planning Palin’s Comeback

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Planning Palin’s Comeback
By Matt Mackowiak
Philadelphia Inquirer
Tuesday, July 14, 2009

With her unpredictable decision to resign later this month after only 2½ years as Alaska’s governor, Sarah Palin shocked the Washington establishment. If she makes the right moves, she can surprise it again by having a shot at the presidency in 2012.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 07/31 at 08:45 PM
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Thursday, July 09, 2009

OP ED: The Media’s Love Affair with President Obama

The Media’s Love Affair with President Obama
By Matt Mackowiak
Philadelphia Inquirer
Sunday, June 28, 2009


Perhaps John McCain was right about Barack Obama being the “biggest celebrity in the world.” The news media, focused on profiting from the president’s celebrity, have been failing to report objectively on his policies.

We have seen a number of outrageous examples of media bias in the five months since Obama’s inauguration. And in recent weeks, Obama completed a “triple crown” of extended interviews on the three major networks.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 07/09 at 12:58 PM
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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mackowiak Launches Potomac Strategy Group, LLC

Matt Mackowiak, a veteran political and communications professional, announced today the launch of Potomac Strategy Group, LLC (“PSG”), a Republican political consulting and public affairs firm based in Washington, D.C., and Austin, Texas.

Posted by Matt Mackowiak on 06/16 at 02:22 PM
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