Tag Archives: Congress

The Lonely Answer: Syria is for Realists

By Ken Feltman I didn’t set a red line, the world set a red line. -President Barack Obama    Yes, President Obama once again decided to vote “present” instead of making a decision. This is but the latest in a … Continue reading

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A looming tea party backlash?

By Ken Feltman In September I wrote that the voters who tend to be identified with the tea parties “reject what they sense is the underlying attitude among political elites – that the elites know more and, therefore, know best. … Continue reading

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Should the GOP break the anti-tax pledge?

By Ken Feltman   Writing about people I know is never easy and, in effect, that is what Politico is asking when they ask me to write about whether Republicans should break their anti-tax pledge. Grover Norquist has had an enormous impact … Continue reading

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The politics of clout: Where’s the bourbon and branch water?

By Ken Feltman A jackass can kick a barn down but it can’t build anything. Speaker Sam Rayburn (D-Texas) Late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen (R-Ill.) once remarked that “the real citadel of strength of any community is in the … Continue reading

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Is the White House too tricky?

by Ken Feltman What a word is truth: Slippery, tricky, unreliable. – Lillian Hellman Earlier this week, the Democrats lost a Brooklyn-and-Queens-based Congressional seat that had been in Democratic hands since 1923. The seat was held by Anthony Weiner until … Continue reading

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