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By David Keene
Conference showed that the values Reagan cherished still endure
Topic - John Feehery
The bridge scandal has exacted a mighty hefty toll on New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, and it has galvanized his friends, his foes and the press while melodrama and political peril hang in the balance.
If President Obama thought 2013 was an unproductive year for his agenda in Congress, he probably will enjoy 2014 even less.
While most House Republicans backed the new budget deal, Senate Republicans balked — underscoring the tricky election-year politics that face the GOP as it tries to show it can govern in Washington, while facing angry base voters back home.
In a startling rebuke to President Obama, former President Bill Clinton and other Democrats picked apart Obamacare on Tuesday as privacy concerns about the program's website multiplied and a video investigation suggested fraudulence among volunteers helping people enroll for government subsidies.
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.
When he was in the Senate, Jim DeMint wasn't shy about trying to recruit conservatives he thought would buck the Republican Party establishment and gum up the collegial workings of the legislative process. Now on the outside, running the Heritage Foundation, the former senator from South Carolina may have even more levers to pull.
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.
They may have been "beat like baby seals" in the 2012 Republican primaries, but a little more than a year later, some of those losers are already sounding out their chances to try again in 2016.
Remember what President Obama said about the economy Thursday on his ballyhooed trip to Austin, Texas? Don't worry. Hardly anybody else remembers, either.
In his letter to the editor titled "Wind power endorsed by private sector" (Friday), John Feehery notes the $25 billion of private investment, the 90-percent drop in "the cost of wind power" since 1980 and the 75,000 jobs that the wind industry has produced as a way of lauding wind power's achievements. There should be a realistic evaluation period and analysis of several economic factors applied to this "engine of growth" in the private sector.
After the State of the Union address Tuesday night, Sen. Marco Rubio steps before the cameras to deliver one of the Republican responses — and the stakes couldn't be higher for the high-profile young senator.
In case the public isn't frustrated enough by Congress' failure to resolve the "fiscal cliff," consider this: Lawmakers probably could enact a compromise quickly and easily if Republican leaders let Democrats provide most of the votes.
Rep. John A. Boehner is a bloodied House speaker after the startling setback that his own fractious Republican troops dealt him in their "fiscal cliff" struggle against President Obama.
Newt Gingrich will officially pull the plug on his presidential bid Wednesday, marking the end of a roller-coaster candidacy that dove into and out of debt — and into and out of contention during the bloody Republican nomination race.
Mitt Romney's lopsided victory in Illinois this week showed again that he's hard to beat in states with more moderate, less evangelical-minded voters — a good sign for the former Massachusetts governor when that describes most of the big prizes left on the Republican primary schedule.
"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.