It’s sometimes easy to forget that politics is a science — which is why they call it political science.
Having spent a decade in national and state politics, I do know one thing.
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Mackowiak, a Republican political consultant, is president of Potomac Strategy Group LLC. He has been an adviser to two U.S. senators and one governor and has advised federal and state political campaigns across the country