Conventions Post Mortem – It’s the Turnout, Stupid!

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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.

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American Conversation: Wrapping The DNC

The Foo Fighters at the 2012 DNC

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.

KoPoint’s American Conversation will continue as a weekly discussion about politics and the the campaign through Election Day, 2012. As always, we appreciate your feedback.

Special thanks to Talk Radio NewsSumAll, and

Thanks, and stay tuned…

– Dan Patterson

Download Audio: American Conversation, EP 7 – Getting Ready For Dirty And Wrapping The DNC

President Obama at the 2012 DNC

Democratic Speeches – Sincerely Patronizing?

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.

American Conversation: A Googley DNC

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.

President Obama to host Google ‘hangout’ today

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What: POTUS on Google+

When: Today, January 30th, at 5:30 EST.


The White House pledges the president will answer “several of the most popular questions” submitted through YouTube, while some questioners will be invited to participate in a live conversation on Google+ … Google maintains the White House has no role in which questions will be selected. Rather, Google team members will choose the questions from among the most top-rated of those submitted and pledged to ensure there is a balance between several different issue categories. Questions will also come in the form of YouTube videos, live video, and text.

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Would Obama’s Infrastructure Plan Create Jobs Now?

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Did you watch the GOP debate last night? Will you watch Obama’s jobs speech tonight? What’s the takeaway?


“We’ve got roads and bridges across this country that need rebuilding. We’ve got private companies with the equipment and the manpower to do the building,” Obama told a crowd Monday in Detroit. “We’ve got more than one million unemployed construction workers ready to get dirty right now.”

Obama Announces Congress Has Reached Debt Ceiling Agreement

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President Barack Obama on Sunday night announced that Congress had arrived at an 11th-hour bipartisan deal to raise the nation’s debt ceiling and prevent an unprecedented United States default on its financial obligations. 

The deal, which Mr. Obama said was not the one he’d sought but which nonetheless required both Republicans and Democrats to make painful compromises, increases the U.S. debt limit by at least $2.1 trillion through 2013.

The plan also includes a trillion dollars in spending cuts, and creates a congressional commission to come up with another $1.5 trillion in cuts by November 23, largely through tax and entitlement reform. 

If that November deadline is not met, Mr Obama said, automatic cuts go into effect.  Those include $1.2 trillion cuts to domestic and defense programs, but reportedly would not include cuts to Social Security, Medicare beneficiaries and programs for low-income Americans.