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Simon Rosenberg - Political Strategist and Commentator
Simon Rosenberg is a highly regarded political strategist and commentator with more than 30 years of experience in national politics and television news. He has built a new home for his political analysis, commentary, and live political discussions at Hopium Chronicles, an engaging new project on the Substack media platform.
Simon Rosenberg is a highly regarded political strategist and commentator with Simon Rosenberg is a highly regarded political strategist and commentator with more than 30 years of experience in national politics and television news. He has built a new home for his political analysis, commentary, and live political discussions at Hopium Chronicles, an engaging new project on the Substack media platform.
Simon has advised elected officials and campaigns at all levels of government and across the country. His commentary and insights have appeared regularly in the country’s most important news organizations for decades. He was a regular guest on Fox “News” for over 17 years, logging thousands of appearances on the “Fair and Balanced” television network. Last year he received a great deal of notoriety for having been one of the only commentators who called the 2022 elections correctly, as he rightly forecast that a red wasn’t coming and that it would a much better for Democrats than conventional wisdom held.
Simon has served in senior roles at the DNC, DCCC and worked on two Presidential campaigns, including a leadership role in the Clinton War Room in 1992. He was instrumental in founding the House New Democrat Coalition, the donor advisory network, the Democracy Alliance, and was a leading candidate for DNC Chair in 2005. He began his career in the television news business, working as a writer and producer on both ABC News and Linda Ellerbee’s Lucky Duck Productions. In 1996 Simon started NDN, the political organization and think tank he ran until March of 2023. It was during its time one of the most influential political organizations in American politics.
Simon and his wife, Caitlin Durkovich, live in Washington, DC, where they have raised three kids and a spirited bulldog, Tug. Simon is a retired Little League baseball coach, a Crown Fellow at the Aspen Institute, and was for many years on the Board of the Tisch School for Civic Life at Tufts University.
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On Getting the 2022 Election Right
“There was no red wave. Few laid out such a case more forcefully and consistently than Simon Rosenberg, a Democratic strategist, who had presented his arguments in this pre-election podcast, in interviews and on his Twitter feed. A flood of low-quality partisan surveys really did skew the polling averages to the right, as Rosenberg had asserted, while higher-quality nonpartisan polls proved to be much more accurate.” — Blake Hounshell, NYT
“Rosenberg, a longtime Democratic strategist, was telling anyone who would listen that the seeming movement to Republicans in the final weeks of the race was misleading — fueled by a series of Republican-sponsored polls that moved polling averages in a more favorable direction for the GOP. He was right. Period.” — Chris Cillizza, CNN, “Winners and Losers In the 2022 Election So Far”
“Let’s all give some credit to @SimonWDC, who has faced relentless abuse for simply arguing all along that this election would be a competitive one, which proved prescient. Here’s my interview with him way back in July, and he didn’t waver off this case” — Greg Sargent, The Washington Post
“The guy who got the midterms right explains what the media got wrong” — Nicole Narea, Vox
“MAGA performance issues? No better example than the last three elections. @SimonWDC does a deep dive into the why and how the #2022Midterms turned out pretty much the way he said it would.” — Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, The Michael Steele Podcast
“Any thoughts on the polls?….Who won the Nate off? Is Simon Rosenberg our God now? I think so. Yes on Simon Rosenberg.” Pod Save America, Episode 693, 59th Minute
“When all the experts were predicting a ‘red wave,’ one man called BS. He got the midterms right, and never backed down. On today’s podcast, I ask @SimonWDC what he saw — & why he never backed down. (He also names names.) Don’t miss this conversation!” — Matt Lewis, Matt Lewis Podcast
“While many analysts acknowledged that they were caught off guard by the midterm results, Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg said there was evidence back in the spring that his party would overperform.” — Melanie Mason, LATimes
“Democratic strategist Simon Rosenberg has been saying for months that the widely predicted Republican “red wave” in the midterm elections was greatly exaggerated and that Democrats would remain competitive in races across the country.
Rosenberg, whose hypothesis was roundly rejected by pundits on both sides of the aisle, was vindicated after the shockingly lackluster GOP showing at both the state and national levels this week. Ben Samuels, Haaretz, ‘Red Wave’? This Democratic Strategist Said All Along It Wasn’t Coming
“If Democrats do better than expected, @SimonWDC is gonna look like a genius” — Jonathan Alter, 10/26/22