TRI, Ep. 45: Wars, Upsets and Hurricanes

by Lisa Mathias

Sergio Rodriguera of Sphere Consulting and Tyler Harber from Wilson Research Strategies join Kristen in the studio this week, talking about the troops returning home from Iraq, recent primary results, and extreme weather.

NY Times: “Republicans Eye the Tiger of Populism”

by Lisa Mathias

Richard W. Stevenson of the New York Times recently wrote on article on the renewal of populist conservatism, mostly due to Sarah Palin’s re-emergence on the political forefront. Stevenson briefly chronicles several instances of populism in political history, and features commentary from The Winston Group’s David Winston on how populism has played a role in elections:

David Winston, a pollster who advises the Republican leaders in Congress, said that when populism is married to a positive agenda that gives voters a concrete alternative to the status quo, it can alter the landscape, as it did when Republicans captured the House in 1994.

“The challenge is not tapping into a populist environment, it’s creating an alternative that brings about the next political shift,” he said.

To read more of Stevenson’s article, turn to nytimes.com

The New York Times’ “Room for Debate” blog: What’s Sarah Palin’s Political Future?

by Lisa Mathias

David provides some insight into what direction Sarah Palin needs to take in terms of her political future, now that she’s resigning from office as Alaska’s governor.

Her task now is to establish her own credibility on a range of voter issues. Her expertise on the crucial issue of energy gives her a good opportunity to join the current political debate. Had she focused on her energy bona fides during last year’s presidential election, she might have had a better shot at quieting critics.

Read the full post here: “Room for Debate”: What’s Sarah Palin’s Political Future?