https://redirect.zencastr.com/r/episode/6595ee358d8d8944b76f7f48/audio-files/5e0cc41aa9798f001400ff98/38758727-2945-41e1-816e-061e0b95965b.mp3 I'm thrilled to welcome Anat Shenker-Osorio back to the show. It's been a while -- the last time she was here was in July of 2014! Yes, she's been trying to help progressives win elections for many years and I thought this was the perfect time to have her impart some of her wisdom to our listeners. As she explains at the start of her great podcast WORDS TO WIN BY, Anat is a researcher, message maker, and campaign advisor in addition to author and podcaster. An essay in the NY Times she co-wrote with Norm Eisen and [...]
View on Zencastr Political scientist/election analyst/political strategist Rachel Bitecofer exploded on the scene in 2018 by making some election predictions that came to pass. Using her theory of "negative partisanship" she continued to call them right. She has a substack newsletter at substack.com/@thecycle. And a new book coming out in Feb 2024...
Download here or click below to play, (or watch the video at the bottom of the page!) We begin today's show with the latest on the Democrats' negotiations about the two infrastructure bills and President Biden's domestic agenda, and how two senators (Manhenema) are sabotaging it and the future of not only the Democratic Party, but democracy in the United States itself. Call me cynical... I may have to add the CY back to the beginning of my name (cynicole..... get it?) One thing is for sure, that's that the Democratic Party has a messaging problem. It's been the [...]
Download here or click below to play Many things just don't make sense. Donald Trump as president. The entirety of 2020. The fact that Republicans lie and continue to win big. I've been ranting about "opposite world" for years, and it's gotten worse in the years under Trump's rule. We won't be able to answer all of life's perplexing questions, but today's guest, Joe Romm, wrote a story for The Nation magazine, "Why Democrats Lose on Social Media While Republicans Lie and Win Big." It's a good place to start. Joe Romm, CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Front Page Live [...]
Another snark-filled guest post by the one, the only Will Durst: MESSAGE. MESSAGE. WHO’S GOT THE MESSAGE? Don’t look now, but the Democratic Party is undergoing an identity crisis of such monumental proportions, the Dissociative Identity Disorder people have called and are requesting artifacts for their Hall of Fame. Going to put Obama’s basketball hoop right next to Sally Field’s purple crayon. In the realm of improbabilities, it’s hard to beat… Democrats and their message. A lot like saying the Eskimos and their convertibles. The Mormons and their all- night dance marathons. ISIS and their art appreciation seminars. In the wake [...]
On November 4, Florida may become the 24th state to legalize medical marijuana. I certainly never think of FloriDUH as a trend leader and, in this case, we'd be in the middle of the pack. But that's certainly better than dead last or bringing up the rear as is usually the case. On the ballot on election day, Floridians will get to vote yes or no on constitutional amendment 2: Use of Marijuana for Certain Medical Conditions. Although many groups and factions got together to make this dream a reality, United for Care led the charge in the petition drive, [...]