The Mero Moment: Government Shutdowns – September 24, 2015

Just over 20 years ago, the Gingrich revolution swept through Congress. For the first time in 63 years, Republicans became the majority in the 1994 election. I was a younger man back then having already spent many years on the Hill. Within the first year of the new leadership I became a chief of staff. Hopes were high for my conservative colleagues. We began organizing congressmen into something called CAT, the “Conservative Action Team,” with the hope that a core of 50 members of the House of Representatives could ensure…

Book Review: Double Down

In light of Jason Chaffetz saying on MSNBC that he believes that Mitt Romney will run again in 2016 and win, I thought now would be a good time to post my review of Double Down, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann’s sequel to Game Change. While Game Change had all the drama of Hillary v. Barack, the John Edwards sideshow, and Sarah Palin’s instant fame, the 2012 election wasn’t as dramatic. Incumbency elections are rarely as exciting as one where both parties are picking a new candidate. If you never…