Pete Seat

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Seat is a former White House staffer.

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June 21, 2016 4:27 PM

Historical Nuggets from Dick Lugar

Ever the statesman, former U.S. Senator Dick Lugar joined me on The Front Row Seats podcast to discuss the political response to the mass shooting in Orlando, the most pressing foreign policy challenges facing the next president, and other issues late last week. However, it was two little nuggets of information he shared that stood out to me. First, when I asked how Lugar made the shift from a mayor known for local government reform…

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June 6, 2016 4:56 PM

Mr. Modi Comes to Washington (Again)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India will arrive in the United States today to meet with President Barack Obama and to address a Joint Session of Congress. Typically, these meetings aren’t of that much interest. World leaders frequently visit The White House to see the president and to speak before the assembled two chambers of Congress (Modi is the fifth prime minister of his country to do so). This particular occurrence, however, is getting enhanced…

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May 31, 2016 5:34 PM

The Gorilla in the Room

A toddler fell into the Cincinnati Zoo’s gorilla habitat. A gorilla grabbed the child. After a few tense moments, the gorilla was shot. What would Donald Trump have done if faced with a similar situation? Come on, don’t act like you didn’t instantly ask yourself that question when you saw the news. Ok, you’re normal (I presume) and that was the furthest thought from your mind. But that wasn’t the case for Yahoo! News’ Hunter…

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May 26, 2016 10:29 AM

Campaign Contrast

Elections are about choices. And with choices there inevitably comes contrast. While we are sure to hear plenty of contrast arguments in the race for governor related to taxes and spending and healthcare in the coming months, today I want to focus on the contrast of approach. Namely, how each side approached the announcement of the other campaign’s running mate. When Eric Holcomb was chosen by Governor Mike Pence to become Indiana’s Lieutenant Governor, the…

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April 11, 2016 1:59 PM 2 Comments

The real definition of the “establishment” may surprise you

What is the establishment? It’s the dirtiest word in politics today, but do people know what the word means? Here are four things to know before the next time you use the word: There’s a Republican establishment and a Democrat establishment. First, before anyone’s head explodes, let’s clear the air and understand that both major political parties have an establishment, regardless of the other points below. There are Republicans and Democrats who court candidates, raise…

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March 22, 2016 10:56 AM 7 Comments

When Early Voting Backfires

Here’s a paragraph from POLITICO, written two days ago, that should give any advocate of early voting pause (emphasis added): “Election day is still two days away in Arizona, but well more than half of Republicans expected to vote in the state’s primary Tuesday have already cast their ballots — complicating Cruz’s attempts to overtake Donald Trump as both make a late push for the state’s lucrative, winner-take-all prize of 58 delegates.” Diligent voters in…

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March 2, 2016 12:34 PM 6 Comments

The Day Scott Walker Almost Saved the GOP

He could have been a contender. He could have been the nominee. He could have been president. But on September 21, 2015, Scott Walker did the right thing, he dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for president.   Where would we be today if others had followed his lead? The reasons for Walker’s abrupt withdrawal were aplenty. He struggled with questions of gravitas, his poll numbers were falling and supporters were increasingly squishy.…

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February 26, 2016 8:29 PM

Kids Say the Smartest Things

“Pete, with Super Tuesday coming up, it’s obvious fewer Democrats will vote in Texas than Republicans, which will effect its importance. Who do you think needs to do well in which states?” The questioner…a 12 year old. “Trump insults everyone. It doesn’t matter who. I’m worried that he’s going to insult the wrong person – like Putin – and there will be consequences.” The analyst…a 14 year old. If there’s ever been a time that…

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February 24, 2016 11:20 PM 2 Comments

The Sandoval Leak: Good Move or Great Move?

President Barack Obama’s nomination of Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval to the Supreme Court, if it were to happen, would be a masterstroke. Having rushed to judgment – and I would add, judgment that was based on sound evidence of the criteria that Obama used in picking the two most recent Supreme Court justices – Senate Republicans are boxed into a corner. The majority has pledged to block any Obama nominee not only from being confirmed,…

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February 18, 2016 3:32 PM 1 Comment

SC’s Battle of Endorsements

I’m of the belief that endorsements, in isolated form, matter little. When packaged together, however, endorsements can tell a story and that story can lead to victory. In South Carolina, there are multiple candidates trying their hand at creating story lines to their benefit through endorsements. Jeb Bush, who up to his arrival in South Carolina had frequently reminded voters that he is his own man, welcomed his brother and sister-in-law to the campaign trail…

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