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Thanks to CNN for having me on State of the Union with Candy Crowley today to talk about the upcoming elections!

Thanks to CNN for having me on State of the Union with Candy Crowley today to talk about the upcoming elections!

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It’s really hard to convince a large culture of consultants and operatives to throw away the things they used to do and think about things in an entirely new way…
One of my quotes from McKay Coppins’ post at Buzzfeed about the launch of Echelon Insights, my new research, data, and intelligence firm.

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Last month, I took a huge step: I launched my own company. After eight extraordinary years at The Winston Group learning from the best in the business, I took some time off to write and travel, and then jumped back into things with my own shop. Along with co-founder Patrick Ruffini, we are offering polling, digital intelligence, and everything in between. The last few weeks have been an incredible adventure and I’m excited to share it with the world. Come check us out!

Last month, I took a huge step: I launched my own company. After eight extraordinary years at The Winston Group learning from the best in the business, I took some time off to write and travel, and then jumped back into things with my own shop. Along with co-founder Patrick Ruffini, we are offering polling, digital intelligence, and everything in between. The last few weeks have been an incredible adventure and I’m excited to share it with the world. Come check us out!

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CNN’s State of the Union, talking about Obama’s lackluster job approval numbers. The panel was all women that morning, and refreshingly it wasn’t a “women’s panel,” it just happened that way. A great move by a smart Sunday show!

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From Real Time With Bill Maher last month! Who says you can’t wear white on TV?

From Real Time With Bill Maher last month! Who says you can’t wear white on TV?

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Team National Journal Hotline Insiders, ready to win at Political Pursuit trivia night.

Team National Journal Hotline Insiders, ready to win at Political Pursuit trivia night.

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Reagan Country.

Reagan Country.

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For all the talk about the GOP’s problems winning female voters, they actually won women (by a very thin margin) in the 2010 midterms nationwide according to exit polls. While I’m a huge advocate for the party modernizing and speaking to all audiences and proposing policies that appeal to those who are not old, white, and male, I think it is interesting to see how the GOP’s “gender gap” problem is not a new phenomenon. It didn’t happen overnight and won’t be fixed overnight.

For all the talk about the GOP’s problems winning female voters, they actually won women (by a very thin margin) in the 2010 midterms nationwide according to exit polls. While I’m a huge advocate for the party modernizing and speaking to all audiences and proposing policies that appeal to those who are not old, white, and male, I think it is interesting to see how the GOP’s “gender gap” problem is not a new phenomenon. It didn’t happen overnight and won’t be fixed overnight.

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The right is definitely spending more per staffer, but the left is spending a lot more on staff altogether–a key difference. And the focus on building a massive army appears to have been the right one.
From my piece today at The Daily Beast.

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Roundtable: GOP's 'Duck Dynasty' problem

Went on CNN on Friday to talk about whether or not the GOP has a “Duck Dynasty” problem, or if it needs to distance itself from those who hold views like those of Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson.