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  • Time for reflection and good wishes

    As I often do this time of year, I am taking a week off from writing the blog. My motivation for this is not only the holiday season, family, and so on. For me, it is also about spending a bit of time reading and reflecting. At this time of year, I often find that my favorite publications and columnists

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  • What the Democrats still do not understand

    Each week, it seems that something I read provides yet another indication that Democrats in the US are still trying to account for what happened in November 2016, when they lost the presidency and control of the legislature. One of the recent articles I came across appeared in the January-February 2018 issue of Foreign Affairs. Entitled “How to Stand Up

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  • How Hillary Clinton could have used her ‘ordinary’ past to inspire people

    In the previous post, I discussed how Margaret Thatcher told personal stories of identity—particularly those from her solid middle class upbringing—throughout her illustrious political career. As a candidate in the 1970s and 1980s, she spoke often of the lessons learned and values gleaned from her childhood, as she sought to convince Britain’s working classes to buy into her vision for

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  • How to win an election using tales of an ordinary, middle-class upbringing

    In the past weeks, I have commended Hillary Clinton on her seemingly newfound personality, one that is demonstrating true dynamism, new energy, and a more personal style of discourse. During recent interviews, I have continued to be impressed, as she shows far more of her character and beliefs, and with a verve and candor that I had never seen in

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  • How I would have coached Mrs Clinton

    In the previous post, I wrote that I would begin to sketch out some examples of the type of discourse I would have encouraged Hillary Clinton to use, had I been advising her. Today, my goal is to explain the rationale for the approach I would have taken with her, integrating some of the concepts I use with nearly everyone

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  • A flawed argument from Hillary Clinton’s book, What Happened

    In the last post, I referenced Hillary Clinton’s declaration that her background and upbringing were not very interesting, particularly when compared with those of the last two Democratic presidents, Bill Clinton or Barack Obama. Based on all my research and experience, I must say that this is a rather specious argument, a feeble attempt to explain “what happened” when she

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