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Happy Constitution Day! (I know, I’m a day late, but I’ve been busy) So yesterday was ‘Constitution Day’ or the day commemorating the signing of the U.S. Constitution by thirty-nine brave men on September 17, 1787. A day among my conservative friends that appears to be destined to be our own little Kwanzaa in the making. Of course, this day of celebration lead to an intense political discussion with a friend. This intense discussion disintegrated when [...]

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Guest Lecturer of the Year

During each odd number year, I set a goal to get better at my political science craft.  Part of that goal is reading.  Odd number year = take advantage of some down time = goal of 50 books related to political consulting.  In 2013, I exceeded the goal by 5. #humblebrag I believe the job of a political consultant is to study how people make decisions and then figure out how to affect the decision [...]

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I am a sinner, a practicing Catholic (because I have not perfected it in any way, shape or form), and I think Rush Limbaugh is wrong about the Pope. In fact, Rush Limbaugh is so wrong in relation to what he said about the Pope’s words, he should apologize. Background It is always dangerous to discuss politics, let alone religion in such classy company; however, when one combines the two, one can get in real [...]

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  Analytical Thinking & Presentation for Intelligence Producers Over the Thanksgiving weekend, during a Tofurkey induced political-nerd Internet session, I came across a copy of the CIA’s Training Manual & Handbook written for their analysts entitled: Analytic Thinking & Presentation for Intelligence Producers.  Analysis Training Handbook.     The handbook was originally published in 2000, and I was enthralled with the document.  After all, in a sense, political consultants are producers of Intelligence.  It just happens [...]

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I got myself into a little trouble yesterday with some comments on Senator Harry Reid’s redefining of the cloture rule so that a mere majority of the Senators present is needed to limit and debate and move on, the so-called “nuclear option.” I hate that he did it, and I think my Democratic friends will rue the day they did it, when they return to the minority shortly. For me it was a case of [...]

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Guest Lecturer of the Year

It was my absolute pleasure to be a guest lecturer at the University of Florida’s graduate political science program. I was extremely impressed with the engagement and intellect of the students. My only concern is 90% of the students in the graduate program self identified as Democrats. Come on fellow Republicans, don’t fear SPSS. We need you! As you can from the photo above, I was aiming for Guest Lecturer of the Year! Knowing my [...]

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I am feeling energetic today, and I thought I would tackle an issue that I have been thinking about for weeks now.  As with many deep discussions, it started with a beer between friends. The topic of discussions were the merits of Libertarians and the philosophy. Maybe it is the contrarian in me, but I’ve come to the conclusion that I think the Libertarians’ philosophy is wrong. Before we begin, there are some ideas from Libertarians [...]

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I have become that guy.  You know THAT guy that likes to discuss politics on Facebook.  I’m sorry, I just can’t help myself.  I’m curious and I want to try and figure put how people think. What I am finding is that people are fighting and not arguing, in the classical definition of the word, which is to seek understanding. As a political professional, I think our primary mission is to discover HOW people make [...]

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Peter Sperlich forcefully makes this point: “Human existence … is unthinkable apart from tension and conflict. Without contrast there can be no perception, without categorization no thought, without friction no movement, without differentiation no identity, without obstacles no accomplishment….” Like it or not, politics is conflict.

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