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Unity Has Failed

June 4th, 2012


This piece was originally posted on The Huffington Post.

Can President Obama get reelected the same way President Bush did in 2004? The recall election in Wisconsin on Tuesday will give us a pretty good idea.

Bush got reelected with a base strategy. He rallied conservatives with an “us versus them” campaign. Republicans demonized John Kerry and tried to discredit Democrats as soft on terrorism. It was an intensely divisive campaign that embittered the electorate. Read the rest of this entry »

Obama rallies his troops in SOTU

January 25th, 2012


This piece originally appeared in Politico.

A speech about fairness is bound to be divisive. Mitt Romney figured that out. In a “prebuttal” delivered hours before President Barack Obama’s  spoke on Tuesday night, Romney said, “It is shameful for a President to use the State of the Union to divide our nation.”

There was only one problem. He didn’t. The president did talk about fairness. He even demanded that millionaires pay higher taxes. But he found a way to do it that wasn’t divisive. He used the image of all Americans fighting together as a team.

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Plight of the Republican Presidential Race’s Zombie Candidates

January 19th, 2012


This piece first appeared in The Daily Beast.

“We want Matt! We want Matt!” The first (and likely last) time a crowd has chanted my name, I was barricaded inside a hotel suite with the rest of the senior staff of Wes Clark’s presidential campaign. It was Feb. 10, 2004, the night of the Tennessee and Virginia primaries, and Clark had suggested (but not confirmed) that he would end his campaign if he failed to win either one.

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