A 1988 C&E interview with the one-time master of political media.
by Shane D'Aprile / Oct 24 2012
With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, campaigns across the country have already emptied most of their opposition research binders. The result? Some pretty brutal TV ads.
With input from close to a dozen campaign strategists, we came to a consensus on some of the toughest ads of the 2012 cycle so far. Let us know which ads we may have missed.
by Dave Nyczepir / Oct 23 2012
Facebook and text message reminders are the top two ways young voters want to be targeted with GOTV messages, according to a new poll from Generation Opportunity, a nonprofit focused on youth organizing.
The survey, conducted by for Generation Opportunity by the Polling Company Inc., gauged the effectiveness of various GOTV tools among 1,003 millennials, aged 18 to 29. A full 59 percent said they prefer a Facebook reminder message,
by Robert Spicer / Oct 23 2012
Credibility gap. Propaganda. Prevaricating. Dissembling. Rhetoric. Half-truths. False. Misleading.
When you are a candidate, or a surrogate, the euphemism is your best friend when you just need to call your opponent a liar but do not want the potential backlash from resorting to the word. So in this election’s four debates one of the more entertaining games to play has been to look for the ways the candidates have tried to
by Dave Nyczepir / Oct 23 2012
Welcome to the new world of presidential debates—one in which social networks have an outsized ability to drive the narrative both during and after the high-stakes contests.
The result—this election year, at least—has been the political pundit class and voters alike working overtime to filter campaign messages through the din.
“There’s just so much noise now compared to what it used to be; I think Twitter is its main domain,” says
by Phillip Stutts / Oct 23 2012
The money’s raised, the ads are paid in full, and the candidate’s schedule doesn’t have a free minute until November 6. Yep, it’s that time of year, the final days of the campaign.
So what does it take to sprint to the finish line looking like a Get-Out-The-Vote Svengali? It’s not just about having a brilliant plan; it’s about how efficiently you execute it.
Here are five lessons
by Michael Moschella / Oct 22 2012
Foreign policy has always been a challenge for challengers. They usually start with no record, and polling these issues can be particularly tricky because the public has a significant knowledge gap.
When we look at domestic issues like education, health and taxes, there's a strong likelihood that a voter has an education, goes to the doctor and works. Compare that to how many folks have been to Syria or Libya or
by Erik Nilsson / Oct 22 2012
As both presidential candidates race to the November election finish line, they are surpassing fundraising numbers only dreamed of in past cycles. What you probably don't know is that it’s all part of my master plan.
Back in 2009, I created this projection graph:
The graph shows the total amount raised for all presidential campaigns, both Democratic and Republican, going back to 1976. I projected the 2012 totals
by Ben Donahower / Oct 22 2012
There are plenty of new and exciting developments in the campaign world this cycle, but some things never change and yard sign theft is one of them. Just as soon as your campaign and its supporters start placing yard signs, you can be sure thieves and vandals will begin targeting them.
First rule: never underestimate the lengths people will go to steal or vandalize yard signs. The proof is endless, and often fairly
by Chris Palko / Oct 19 2012
Mitt Romney has the chance to do something that doesn’t happen very often—defeat an incumbent president.
There are only two real examples of this in modern political history. After the first Gulf War, President George H.W. Bush had approval ratings between 80 and 90 percent. The peaceful conclusion of the Cold War during his first term made Bush look like a lock for reelection.
Top Democratic figures, most notably New York Governor
by Shane D'Aprile / Oct 19 2012
Salsa Labs co-founder and CEO Chris Lundberg has been terminated by the software company's board of directors, according to an email Salsa co-founder April Pedersen sent to staff earlier this week.
While Lundberg and Pedersen remain the majority owners of Salsa, neither one currently has any formal leadership role in the company.
Pedersen penned an email memo to her staff on Wednesday with the subject line "a sad ending
by Dave Nyczepir / Oct 18 2012
When Pennsylvania voters arrive at the polls this Election Day, they will be asked for a valid ID but they won’t actually need one in order to cast a ballot. It’s just one of the many concerns voting rights advocates have ahead of Nov. 6.
The greatest worry, says Eric Marshall of the group Election Protection, is that confused voters may avoid the polls entirely and that uninformed poll workers may turn others
by Shane D'Aprile / Oct 18 2012
The Democratic Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century is hitting Missouri Rep. Todd Akin (R) with a talking direct mail piece that highlights his "legitimate rape" comments.
The mailers, which employ a sound cell that will greet Missouri voters with Akin's own voice once the card is opened, begin reaching mailboxes in the state today.
American Bridge is putting at least $37,000 behind the mailer. It was produced