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Matt Mackowiak

Matt Mackowiak

Matt Mackowiak is an Austin and Washington, DC-based political and communications consultant and President of Potomac Strategy Group. He has served in senior roles for two U.S. Senators and a Governor, in the Bush administration.  Matt appears regularly on MSNBC, Fox News, CNN, CNBC, CBC-TV, and the BBC. From 2007-2009 Matt served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX), the fourth highest ranking member of the Republican Leadership, and from 2005-2007 he served in the same role for three-term former U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-MT).

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President Donald Trump speaks to reporters following a Senate Republican Policy lunch on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Why Trump is winning the battle of the wall

As the partial federal government shutdown nears its fourth week, this protracted battle is entering a new phase. With each passing day, the stakes get higher and the consequences of the shutdown grow. Published January 9, 2019

President Donald Trump meets with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., right, and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., not shown, in the Oval Office of the White House, Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) **FILE**

Democrats would rather oppose Trump than secure the border

Democratic opposition to a border wall in urban areas is entirely political. They want to be seen as opposing Mr. Trump, rather than working in good faith to secure the southern border. It's a shame that a critical national security priority would be secondary to preening before the Democratic base. Published December 26, 2018

President Donald Trump speaks as he signs an executive order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, Wednesday Dec. 12, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Chief concern: Trump faces big chore in picking top aide

The Trump presidency is entering a perilous new phase with the swearing in of a new, Democratic-controlled House and the uncertainty surrounding investigations by special counsel Robert Mueller and New York prosecutors. Published December 12, 2018

President Donald Trump calls on a reporter as he speaks to members of the media before boarding Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, for a short trip to Andrews Air Force Base, Md., and then on to Mississippi for rallies. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) **FILE**

After midterms, White House needs an attitude adjustment

Instead of congressional Democrats existing as a minor irritant, they will now have real power. With their takeover of the House, Democrats will be able to control the flow of legislation on the floor, run the oversight committees, and launch relentless investigations of the administration -- armed with subpoena power. This will be miserable for President Trump, for his West Wing staff, for his Cabinet, and for his family. Published November 28, 2018

Honduras migrants walk to the U.S as they approach Zacapa, about 70 miles northeast of Guatemala City, Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. This new group of a few hundred Honduran migrants are behind the first group that has swelled to thousands and is currently traveling through Mexico. (AP Photo/Oliver de Ros)

Democratic silence on migrant caravan is deafening

Can anyone cite the Democratic Party view on the caravan? Should these thousands of Honduran migrants be allowed to cross illegally? Should their asylum claims be approved en masse? Is simply wanting a better life enough of a reason to allow someone to become an American? Published October 24, 2018

President Donald Trump's Supreme Court nominee, Brett Kavanaugh, gestures as he testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2018, on the second day of his confirmation hearing to replace retired Justice Anthony Kennedy. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

As Democrats flail, Kavanaugh sailing to court

This week's Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett M. Kavanaugh served their purpose for the panel's Democrats. Published September 5, 2018