Regaining trust of rural voters

In the wake of the Virginia election, the group Third Way commissioned a focus group to figure out why Biden voters switched to Republican Glenn Youngkin this year. In an interview with the New York Times, Brian Stryker, who conducted the groups, said of the...
In defense of centrism

In defense of centrism

Last week, I got another email accusing me of being a  centrist hack. The writer said, “You can talk a fairly progressive game at times but always seem to fall back on this belief that all the voters are in the center. This nation is so polarized that...

Quit pretending and pass the maps

Quit pretending and pass the maps

I’m really over the redistricting stuff. I don’t want to see any more proposed maps. I don’t want any more speculation. I don’t want any more polls showing what people want or don’t want. I don’t want any more public hearings. I just want to see the maps.  This...

A failure to communicate

A failure to communicate

When I first started working in politics in the mid-1990s, Hal Malchow was one of Democrats’ top political strategists. He was a direct mail guru who built a highly successful firm and wrote the first book on microtargeting before computers revolutionized the...

CRT and Holocaust denialism

CRT and Holocaust denialism

North Carolina Republicans have been trying to censor schools to prevent them from teaching uncomfortable truths about our history. In Texas, we can see where it leads. A school principal there told teachers that they need to find balance. If they have a book in their...

The dumbest tweet

The dumbest tweet

The dumbest take on Twitter this week, and maybe year, came from Senate President Pro-tem Phil Berger’s press shop. After Democratic Party Chair Bobbie Richardson sent out a fundraising letter calling for Democrats to “curb Lt. Governor Mark Robinson” and...

A message for 2021, not 1991

A message for 2021, not 1991

I’m going to continue my discussion of Shorism, as it’s now been called, that I began on Monday. Several pundits and Democratic activists have pushed back on the idea of moderating the Democratic message. They’ve claimed that it would be a return to Clintonism and the...

The clown car is back

The clown car is back

Here’s a pro-tip. If you want people to take you seriously, don’t show up to a press conference dressed like you bought your clothes from the wardrobe section of the Ringling Brothers closeout sale. People will spend more time laughing at what you are wearing instead...

Like health care reform all over again

Like health care reform all over again

Watching Democrats fight over Joe Biden’s agenda gives me flashbacks to the 2009-10 debate over health care reform. Back then, it seemed to be the first time we really watched the sausage being made in real time. Cable coverage was nonstop and new social media...

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