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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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In this June 27, 2019, photo, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., gestures during the Democratic primary debate hosted by NBC News at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts in Miami. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Democratic debates play right into Trump's hands

Last week's first round of Democratic presidential debates had one clear winner: California Sen. Kamala D. Harris, who has moved into second place nationally after winning a tense exchange with front-runner former Vice President Joseph R. Biden on race issues. Published July 3, 2019

President Donald Trump speaks before signing an executive order on improving price and quality transparency in healthcare at the White House in Washington, Monday, June 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster) **FILE**

Trump's misguided health care order won't help consumers

This week, President Trump signed an executive order requiring health care companies to be more honest about their prices. The White House believes additional transparency in health care will reduce costs. The troubling specifics of Mr. Trump's order deserve scrutiny. Published June 26, 2019

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., reflects on President Donald Trump's statement that he would accept assistance from a foreign power, saying it's so against any sense of decency, during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 13, 2019. An avid sports fan, Pelosi is wearing the colors of the Golden State Warriors colors, a gold jacket with blue pants. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Nancy Pelosi prefers border chaos

Apprehensions of illegal immigrants at the southern border are rising. March and April each saw more than 100,000 apprehensions, and in May the number spiked to nearly 145,000. Published June 19, 2019

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif. meets with reporters at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Pelosi's impeachment conundrum

Nancy Pelosi chose to run for speaker of the House again and now she has a full-blown political challenge that is rapidly worsening. Published June 5, 2019

In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam speaks to a crowd during a Women's Rights rally at the Capitol in Richmond, Va. A push by Virginia Democrats to loosen restrictions on late-term abortions is erupting into a fierce partisan clash due to a lawmaker's comments about late-term abortion. Gov. Ralph Northam added gas to the fire Wednesday, Jan. 30, by describing a hypothetical situation where an infant who is severely deformed or unable to survive after birth could be left to die. (AP Photo/Steve Helber, File) **FILE**

Democrats show their extremism on abortion

Roe v. Wade confirmed the right to an abortion in the U.S., but the Supreme Court decision also allowed for restrictions on abortion at the state level. However, it specifically preserved the "life or health of the mother" exception.Democrats have positioned themselves well outside the mainstream on the abortion issue. Published May 22, 2019

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders discusses voting rights for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev during a CNN town hall, April 22, 2019. (Image: CNN screenshot)

Democrats march left in unison -- over a cliff

If you have a particularly high pain threshold, perhaps you suffered through five consecutive hours of Democratic presidential candidate town halls airing on CNN on Monday night. Published April 24, 2019

FILE - In this Saturday, Jan. 6, 2018, file photo, Texas Democratic Congressman Beto O'Rourke, right, passes a "No Border Wall" sign during a visit to the National Butterfly Center in Mission, Texas, a possible location for a border wall. President Donald Trump is not giving up on his demands for $5.7 billion to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, saying a physical barrier is central to any strategy for addressing the security and humanitarian crisis at the southern border. Democrats argue that funding the construction of a steel barrier along roughly 234 miles will not solve the problems. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File) **FILE**

Democrats pretend border crisis doesn't exist

President Trump is increasingly frustrated with the southern border, and the reality is that he has limited options. But he continues to consider new ideas to end the crisis. Published April 3, 2019

Attorney General William Barr's letter to Congress putting special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation in the past gives President Trump a chance to advance his agenda. (Associated Press/File)

A brave new world for Trump

The Democratic dream of President Trump being removed from office has died a quick death. Now, he has precious little time to secure new victories. Published March 27, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden takes a photograph with members of the audience after speaking to the International Association of Firefighters at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 12, 2019, amid growing expectations he'll soon announce he's running for president. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Is third time the charm for Biden?

You can make a pretty strong argument that anyone who so desperately wants to be president of the United States that he would run three times for that office probably does not need that kind of power. Published March 20, 2019

FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, a high school student uses a vaping device near a school campus in Cambridge, Mass. U.S. health regulators are moving ahead with a plan to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of teenagers by restricting sales of most flavored products in convenience stores and online. (AP Photo/Steven Senne, File) **FILE**

New FDA vaping regulation makes no sense

Why would the Trump administration advance a job-killing crony capitalist proposal that will deprive smokers of the right to choose the smoking cessation tool that is best for them? Published March 13, 2019

Former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at the Chuck Hagel Forum in Global Leadership, on the campus of the University of Nebraska-Omaha, in Omaha, Neb., Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) **FILE**

Sizing up the 2020 Democratic field

In 2020, Democrats will be able to enjoy an unruly presidential primary, much as Republicans did four years earlier. Published March 6, 2019