The Coventions are over. But you may be scratching your head wondering what happened. Well, if you feel more or less likely to go and vote after the convention, then they got you. Here’s how.
DO INDEPENDENTS MATTER? If you really aren’t interested in the question, let me answer right off the bat. No. They don’t. It’s not because the opinions of a sizable portion of the electorate won’t affect the outcome. Recent work done by social scientists on the question has recently been popularized by NPR, on both Morning Edition and Talk of the Nation. These segments more or less reiterate what some political scientists have tried to point out for a long time: political independents don’t matter much because they don’t really exist. If you call yourself an independent, please, let me start by asking you to stop tricking yourself.
Concluding a few long, sleepless, and exciting weeks on the campaign trail, American Conversation co-hosts Marc and Dan record amidst the confetti from the balcony of the Democratic National Convention moments after President Obama concluded is Presidential nomination speech. We discuss Obama’s acceptance speech, the influence of rhetoric on policy, and the optics of a dirty campaign.
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In this episode the American Conversation podcast is joined by Lisa Wexler of WFAS Radio, alongside co-hosts Dan Patterson and Marc Lizoain. Recording from that awkward space between the South Dakota and the Puerto Rico delegations on the floor of the DNC, the trio discuss their reactions to the first night’s speeches. Lisa thinks that Michelle Obama’s speech was phony, but like Julian Castro’s and loved how Deval Patrick brought the Democrats back on offense. Marc wonders whether the DNC will pass by without policy proposals, and Dan keeps the conversation moving, as always.
CHARLOTTE — After a long journey from Tampa to Charlotte, co-hosts Dan Patterson and Marc Lizoain are once again safely ensconced among the comforts of the DNC Google lounge. The dynamic duo are joined in this episode by Ester Cross of Talk Radio News, and the conversation begins with an assessment of the Occupy protest that took place on Sunday and a discussion of the state of the DNC itself. The show concludes with the question of what Obama and the Democrats must do to take full advantage of what Dan and Marc think was a huge missed opportunity by the Republicans. KoPoint’s American Conversation: We Grow Stronger, They Get Wronger.
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