Messaging Economics: How to Win, How to Lose

Economy

Felicia Wong, Joseph Stiglitz, Rana Foroohar and Stan Greenberg

While at the Democratic National Convention (DNC), I attended an event hosted by the Roosevelt Institute. The institute explains its mission on its website:

Inspired by the legacy of Franklin and Eleanor, the Roosevelt Institute reimagines America as it should be: a place where hard work is rewarded, everyone participates, and everyone enjoys a fair share of our collective prosperity. We believe that when the rules work against this vision, it’s our responsibility to recreate them.

The event hosted by the Roosevelt Institute at the DNC was a panel discussion between Joseph Stigliz and Stan Greenberg, moderated by Rana Foroohar. The primary part of the discussion centered on looking at two economic messages put forth by Hillary Clinton and how these ideas polled relative to election outcomes. The two messages were not all that different; they just took two different approaches. Interestingly, one will win the election, and the other will lose. And, if one is implemented, it could potentially change the course of American economics. [Read more…]

Jewish Roundtable at the DNC

— by Frances Novack

At the Democratic National Convention, the Jewish caucus held a couple of “round-tables.” On Tuesday of Convention Week, Democrats highlighted their strengths and also this year’s election needs. Congressman Jerry Nadler (NY-10), who represents the nation’s most Jewish district, pointed to the social, educational, and health programs that Jews had helped enact into law. Other speakers, including retiring Representative Steve Israel, urged attendees to give active support to Hillary Clinton to stave off the dangers of a Donald Trump presidency.

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Hillary’s First Rally of the General Election Campaign

Bill looks on as Hillary speaks at Temple. Photo: Mira B. Shore

Bill looks on as Hillary speaks at Temple. Photo: Mira B. Shore

After an exhilarating week for the Democrats and Philadelphia, I got to attend Hillary’s first official rally of the general elections. There was lots of energy in the air from the whole week leading up to her speech the night before. Gathering into the Temple gymnasium there was a lot of pride in our city of brotherly love. The crowd was diverse: from the crying babies to walkers and wheelchairs, all races, religions, and creeds gathered together in this historic city to cheer for this historic nominee. [Read more…]

Angry Words From the Father of a Muslim-American Patriot

Mr. Khan with Pocket sized Constitution. Photo: Freeze Frame from DNC Video Feed.

Mr. Khan with Pocket sized Constitution. Photo: Freeze Frame from DNC Video Feed.

Editor’s note: Attacks and counter attacks are raging over this speech. Updates have been added at the end of this article.

One of the most emotional moments during the last night of the Democratic National Convention centered around the story of fallen Army Captain Humayun Khan and the convention address by his bereaved father. Captain Khan, a University of Virginia graduate, was killed in action in Iraq in 2004. He was one of 14 American Muslims to give his life serving the United States during the decade following 9/11.

In a video released at the convention, Hillary Clinton is shown paying tribute to Captain Khan during a speech on national security that she delivered shortly after Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the United States.

The video was followed by a stirring speech by Khizr Khan, the fallen captain’s father. Khan slammed Donald Trump for his divisive and discriminatory policies. Holding a copy of the Constitution, he asked whether the Republican nominee had ever read it and also whether he had ever been to Arlington Cemetery. “Go look at the graves of the brave patriots,” he said, “who died defending America — you will see all faiths, genders, and ethnicities. You have sacrificed nothing and no one.”

Donald Trump should fear the wrath of Khan for scapegoating a religion and giving ISIS exactly what it wants.

Editor’s Note:

Since Mr. Khizr Khan’s respectful and dignified speech explaining why he disagreed with Donald Trump’s plan to ban Muslims from entering the United States, Trump has hit back describing himself as having been “viciously attacked.”

Senator John McCain and veteran’s groups have strongly criticized Trump for disparaging the family of a brave fallen soldier.

Expressing Your Politics with Swag

In addition to the eloquent speeches by high-profile members of the party, Democrats of all stripes have been touting their political messages around town with great creativity. People are exuberantly exercising their First Amendment right of self-expression through slogans on t-shirts, caps, socks and the ubiquitous political buttons. From Trump toilet paper to “Chillary” iced coffee to the sold-out “Presidential Election 2016 — Moving to Canada” t-shirt, politically themed merchandise can be found all over the city. [Read more…]

#DNC Thursday Night Schedule

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Delegates at the DNC.

Hillary Clinton will make history tonight by being the first woman to accept the presidential nomination from a major political party.

The Democratic National Convention Committee (DNCC) announced the program for the final day of the Democratic National Convention being held in Philadelphia from July 25 to July 28. The night will end with Hillary Clinton’s acceptance of the Democratic Party’s nomination. [Read more…]

Wednesday Night: The Speeches

It was surprising how hard last night’s speakers went after Donald Trump. I had thought they would all stay positive, in diametric opposition to the RNC’s no-ideas-only-hatefest last week. But the main speeches were intertwined with condemnation of Trump, and positiveness of we Americans, democracy, the Democratic Party, and Hillary Clinton. It’s hard to pick a favorite between Mike Bloomberg and Joe Biden. It really is. For different reasons, both were masterful. Mike, for being a billionaire and an Independent talking honestly about what a con artist Trump is, and for showing all of us how the rich really act. Uncle Joe, for reminding us what it means to be proud, patriotic Americans with liberal values. [Read more…]

At Democratic National Convention the Sky is the Limit

People have come to Philadelphia from all over the country to attend the Democratic National Convention (DNC). In addition, the international press has followed our election, and the delegates from Democrats Abroad represent American expats who voted in over 140 countries.

_87569069_c0097730-international_space_station,_2009-splWhile interest in the convention spans the globe, the DNC may be having an additional observer pass overhead. The International Space Station (ISS) will be flying 249 miles over Philadelphia at 9:20 pm, from West-Southwest to Northeast, rising to 19° from the zenith, probably around the time that Chelsea will be getting ready to introduce her mother, Hillary Rodham Clinton, as the first woman to be nominated for president of the United States by a major political party.
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#DNC Wednesday Night Schedule

 

Official DNC Agenda for Wednesday Night 7/27

President Obama hugs Hillary Clinton.

President Obama hugs Hillary Clinton.

President Obama is the Keynote Speaker.

On Wednesday night, speakers will discuss how Hillary Clinton has the experience and steadiness to bring Americans together to get real results for our families. Her strong leadership will deliver economic results for all Americans and keep us safe. While Donald Trump is in over his head and reckless, Hillary can provide the leadership we need for the country we want to be. [Read more…]