Legitimate Tape: Using Republicans’ Own Words to Shut that Whole Thing Down
Session Type(s): Panel
Starts: Thursday, Jun. 20 3:15 PM
Ends: Thursday, Jun. 20 3:15 PM
Room: 210 CG
From “legitimate rape” to “something that God intended to happen” to “47 percent,” 2012 demonstrated that we can defeat Republicans by using their own words against them. But the words didn’t get famous just because Republicans nominated weak candidates. The 2012 gaffes were rooted in fundamental Republican beliefs. A clip like the 47 percent tape is damaging on its own, but it was devastating for Romney because it fit neatly into the out-of-touch narrative Democrats had driven for the previous 18 months. Tracking ensures that everyone, not just those in the room, can see what a candidate really believes. Opposition research provides needed context by showing that a one-time statement is part of a meaningful pattern. This panel will familiarize attendees with available tracking and research resources and share how the progressive community can use them to construct the narratives that defeat Republican candidates.
David Nir is Political Director of Daily Kos. David is responsible for the site’s elections coverage, polling operations, race ratings, and candidate endorsements. Prior to joining the full-time staff at Daily Kos in 2011, David ran the Swing State Project, a blog focused on elections, under the pseudonym DavidNYC. He also practiced patent litigation. David, born in 1977, is a lifelong New Yorker, Democrat, and Mets fan.
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A lifelong Georgian, James Carter is a graduate of the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University. With a degree in public budgeting and finance, James has worked for the Panamanian government as an independent consultant for the Ministry of Social Development, and as a budget analyst for Georgia State Senator Jason Carter. After discovering the infamous 47% video that rocked the 2012 presidential campaign, James founded Carter Research, LLC – an Atlanta-based research firm specializing in politics and policy – and continues to influence political debate both nationally and locally through opposition research. James is currently working with a local progressive group Better Georgia, and as a consultant for Media Matters for America and American Bridge 21st Century.
Jess McIntosh is the Communications Director at EMILY’s List, working to elect pro-choice Democratic women candidates, stop the GOP assault on women’s rights, and increase women’s leadership across the country. She previously worked as spokesperson for Sen. Al Franken through his campaign, recount, subsequent election contests and first year in the Senate. (Ed note: This took roughly 17 years – worth every day) Jess has worked in research and communications for winning campaigns in NYC, as well as serving as Communications Director for the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party.
Rodell Mollineau, president of American Bridge 21st Century, brings more than a decade of experience developing national message campaigns and leading high-level communications operations. At American Bridge, Mollineau leads the overall efforts of the organization, overseeing a premier research, tracking and communications operation that is committed to holding Republican candidates accountable for their words and actions. Prior to joining American Bridge, Mollineau spent four years in the office of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) as Staff Director of the Senate Democratic Communications Center, overseeing one of the largest political communications operations in the country, directing the long-term message development and rapid response strategy of the Senate Democratic Caucus and working closely with the White House, House Leadership and members of the progressive community to coordinate message. Mollineau is a veteran of several statewide and presidential elections and has led communications initiatives in every region of the country.
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Amanda Terkel is a Senior Political Reporter and Politics Managing Editor at The Huffington Post. Previously, Amanda served as Deputy Research Director at the Center for American Progress and the Managing Editor of ThinkProgress.org.