Politics Feehery: The last of the workhorses
Has the Pete Carroll-Russell Wilson era in Seattle come to an end?
The Seahawks have started their 2021-22 NFL season with a 3-7 record, which is the team’s worst first half of a season in 11 years. The last time it happened, then-head coach Jim Mora was fired and replaced with Carroll. Complicating matters further is Wilson’s reported desire to move on.This past week, Michael-Shawn Dugar of The Athletic appeared on "Man 2 Man" podcast and revealed that the end was nigh for the Carroll-Wilson partnership.
Bob Dole (R-Kan.) was the last of the workhorses.
When my old boss, Rep. Bob Michel (Ill.), ran to be Republican leader in 1980 against Guy Vander Jagt (Mich.), it was dubbed the race of the workhorse vs. the show horse.
Congressional workhorses tend to stumble when it comes to their television appearances but shine when it comes to producing legislative accomplishments.
Dole had a sharp wit, but he was no great orator. He was good at putting deals together and making the government run effectively, which endeared him to only the few who care about that kind of thing.
President Biden fancies himself a workhorse, but let's face it. He won the presidential race because he was slightly less obnoxious than former President Trump. Trump was not just a show horse, but a showman. Nobody could put on a better show than our former president. When it came to the intricacies of the legislative process, Trump had the insider knowledge of the average 6th grader. But he knows how to drive a hard bargain. After all, he was the author of the best-selling book, "The Art of the Deal".
Bryan Harsin made one big mistake against Alabama
Auburn eventually lost 24-22 in four overtimes. There were numerous reasons why Harsin should have gone for two at that point. Alabama is the better team. The longer a game goes on, the more likely it is the better team prevails. Harsin could have reduced the game to one play at a time when Auburn had some momentum and fan support. Additionally, Finley was hurt and hobbling around. The longer the game went on, the worse off his health would have been.All reasons pointed to Auburn going for two, but Harsin didn’t do it. Nobody should be surprised that Alabama prevailed in the end.
Trump replaced another show horse. Former President Obama's brief stop in the Senate was consumed not with the legislative process, but with getting to know wealthy funders. They helped him become the least experienced president in our history.
More so than Trump, Obama's quick rise to power inspired ambitious people on both sides of the aisle to eschew the traditional way up the political ladder and use their celebrity in a desperate attempt to capture the White House.
In Congress today, we have a sea of show horses, all cultivating their public personas, polishing off their Twitter chops, doing things to capture the conservative or progressive zeitgeist of the moment, the more outrageous the better.
The congressional incentive structure favors the bold and the beautiful. If you can raise money, you can rise in the leadership. If you can string a soundbite, you can raise the money. If you can appeal to either the very big donors or the very small donors, you have your ticket to political stardom.
Two-time Super Bowl champion Chris Hogan working out for Saints
While Chris Hogan made the move from football to lacrosse earlier this year, it appears he's not ready to give up playing in the NFL.According to NFL Network's Mike Garafolo, Hogan, who is in the midst of his first Premier Lacross League season, is working out for the New Orleans Saints on Monday. The PLL is supportive of the former wide receiver's bid to get back into the NFL, Garafolo adds.
Democrats think they are punishing Republicans whose rhetoric they find offensive by kicking them off their legislative committees, but they would be wrong. Committee work when you are in the minority is pure drudgery. Your amendments almost never pass, the hearings themselves are mostly snooze-fests, plus the leadership makes all the decisions anyway. If you are a show horse, the work of the committees might be the actual work of the Congress, as now-hated former President Wilson once said, but it's not the actual work of raising the big bucks.
The folks who mostly care about committee work, the corporate lobbyists, can't really compete when it comes to big money giving. They have strict limits on how much they can give in PAC dollars. And many of them have decided to stop giving to most Republicans, which makes the House GOP especially much more populist and much less willing to hear the K Street narratives anymore.
Dabo Swinney delivered great quote after Clemson’s regular-season finale
Clemson finished their regular season on a strong note with a 30-0 win over South Carolina on Saturday, but most Tigers fans probably are not satisfied with the result. Dabo Swinney had an excellent way of summing up some of those emotions. © Jeff Blake-USA TODAY Sports Clemson Tigers head coach Dabo Swinney. Swinney was asked by a reporter after the game if the 9-3 season has given him any perspective. He said he hopes it will help people appreciate just how difficult it is to win every year.
The bread-and-butter of the legislative process, constructing complicated deals among competing special interests, crafting agreements among industries and setting the rules of the road for economic progress, has been derailed by intense political partisanship, an unhelpful media, ambitious show horses who care little about congressional accomplishments and a greedy leadership that keeps all the big decisions to itself.
Bob Dole was famous because he ran for president, but he became historically significant because he was one of the last of the legislative workhorses. He had an iron butt and would outwork and outwait his more impatient colleagues. He knew when to hold his cards and when to fold them, like when he moved to reopen the government during the shutdown of 1995.
The American people and the national media are attracted to political show horses, but what this country needs now is more legislative workhorses - legislators who can pull the nation together and make some progress on the important issues of the day.
Feehery is a partner at EFB Advocacy and blogs at www.thefeeherytheory.com. He served as spokesman to former House Speaker Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.), as communications director to former House Majority Whip Tom DeLay (R-Texas), and as a speechwriter to former House Minority Leader Bob Michel (R-Ill.).
Fantasy Hockey: Jack Hughes is coming .
This week's article includes the Rangers' second-line center, a young blueliner blossoming in Columbus, Samsonov rebounding, the eldest Hughes close to returning and Murray's time appears to have ended in Ottawa. Strome, the Rangers' second-line center, has been on fire since returning from a four-game absence in October. With a goal and an assist Friday, Strome extended his point streak to eight games, a stretch during which he's piled up twoStrome, the Rangers' second-line center, has been on fire since returning from a four-game absence in October. With a goal and an assist Friday, Strome extended his point streak to eight games, a stretch during which he's piled up two goals and 10 points.