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Topic - John Feehery
If President Obama thought 2013 was an unproductive year for his agenda in Congress, he probably will enjoy 2014 even less.
President Obama got most of what he wanted Wednesday in the short-term deal to reopen the government and raise the nation's borrowing limit, but the shutdown confrontation showed that the Republican "fever" against him is still running high.
With his job-approval numbers plummeting, President Obama is trying to reclaim the advantage in Washington by convincing the public that congressional Republicans are obsessed with "phony" scandals such as Benghazi and the Internal Revenue Service at the expense of economic progress.
"For conservatives, having a politician using government to punish people is infuriating," Mr. Feehery said. "It is kind of like what Obama has been doing with the IRS. It is not like conservatives trust him to begin with — and I like him, I want him to do well. But I am a realist."
But John Feehery, a GOP strategist, said Mr. Christie should be more concerned about how the bridge saga plays with Republican primary voters.