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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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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

Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, right, chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, smiles as he is joined at left by Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., the ranking member, during a bipartisan start to a hearing on the high price of prescription drugs, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE*

CEOs hide as pressure on drug prices grows

This week, key committees in the House and Senate each held hearings on the rising cost of prescription drugs. In both cases, pharmaceutical CEOs were invited, but declined to testify. Published January 30, 2019

In this Sept. 19, 2017, file photo, Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump's personal attorney, steps out of a cab during his arrival on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, file)

Two episodes break the story on mounting media bias

Trump Derangement Syndrome, which has most closely been associated with progressive activists and certain members of Congress over the past two years, is now clearly diagnosable in the national media. Published January 23, 2019

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., speaks to reporters following a weekly policy meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) **FILE**

Democrats have some explaining to do as shutdown drags on

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lost the shutdown battle of 2017 because the New York Democrat made unreasonable demands that caused the shutdown. He quickly folded. What is different this time is that Mr. Trump cannot give in on his signature campaign promise and Democrats cannot give in to Mr. Trump. Neither side's base can accept a loss. Published January 16, 2019

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