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Discussions, Presentations, Pep Talks and Pods for Your Viewing and Listening Pleasure
Lots of new material for you to chew on in the coming weeks....
Been a busy few weeks here in Hopium land, and as we all kick back a bit in August wanted to send along links to some of our recent work that you may want to catch up on in the coming weeks.
A few topline themes run throughout all these discussions:
Joe Biden is a good President. The country is better off. The Democratic Party is strong.
There are two things we need to be doing this year to help us go big and get to 55 next year - be loud and proud about Joe Biden’s economic accomplishments and start campaigns to register young people across the country.
Together we should re-imagine the War Room, and not see it as twenty sweaty kids drinking Red Bulls and producing rapid response videos but as millions of proud patriots networked together, amplifying the good works of Joe Biden, the Democrats, and the American people. We have to keep working to close the loudness gap with the right and become more effective information warriors for our democracy.
I am encouraging the Hopium community to focus now on the coming elections in Ohio and Virginia, and on helping our Florida friends build on our success electing Donna Deegan Mayor of Jacksonville and get an initiative on the ballot rolling back DeSantis’ six-week abortion ban.
Here are the discussions, presentations, pep talks, and pods:
My Monthly Political Briefing and Discussion - Recorded a few days ago, I started off with a 15-minute overview of the national political landscape and then opened it up for a lively discussion. This monthly event is open to all members of the Hopium community.
With Democrats Things Get Better, July 2023 - This presentation is where much of our Hopium comes from, as it tells the story that since 1989 and the arrival of a new of globalization, Democrats have brought us growth, lower deficits and American progress, Republicans have brought us recession, higher deficits and American decline. With Democrats, things get better. With Republicans, not so much.
With Dems takes about 30 minutes, and is updated monthly. Many of the economic graphs you see here at Hopium were originally built for this presentation.
My Discussion with David Pepper About Ohio, Vote No and his new book, Saving Democracy - This was a great discussion with one of the most thoughtful strategists in the game today. We also get into detail on you can best help defeat Vote No in Ohio - hope everyone will be doing a shift of calls or texts in the coming days. This Aug 8th election in Ohio really matters.
The Politics War Room Podcast with James Carville and Al Hunt - Building a Democratic Majority With Simon Rosenberg - for those who like audio-only podcasts this was a great conversation recorded on Wednesday. Was a thrill to be with James again, 31 years (yikes!) after we worked together in the original Clinton War Room.
My youth vote conversations with Harvard’s John Della Volpe and Laura Brill of the Civics Center - These were great discussions about the youth vote with two of the smartest and most effective leaders in this space. I hope everyone will watch Laura’s presentation and see if you can help her bring aggressive voter reg campaigns to every high school in America.
My talk to Network NOVA on the importance of the Virginia elections this fall - Last Saturday I addressed Network NOVA’s amazing annual Women’s Summit, 700 people all fired up and ready to go to win in Virginia this fall. In this talk I focus on 3 things - 1) the need to get Democrats to vote on Day 1 of early voting 2) making young people the center of everything we do 3) recognizing how much better the issue environment is now, and how much stronger Biden’s case for re-election has become.
Finally, I was quoted yesterday in a WaPo story about the need for Democrats to win the big economic argument with Republicans, and our work together here was cited:
“The economy is the only major issue where Republicans are connecting with voters, and if we can take that away from them, we are going to have a very good election next year,” Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg said. He has been offering Democrats a separate presentation encouraging them to talk about the relative performance of the U.S. economy under Republican and Democratic governance.
Enjoy all this Hopium-filled media in the coming weeks, and keep working hard everybody. I feel good about where things are now, but of course, we have a lot of work ahead of us - Simon