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David Winston in “Analysis: GOP learning to be opposition party”

by Lisa Mathias

Winston provides insight into the problems the GOP is facing, with Arlen Specter’s switch to the Democratic party showing how less voters are identifying with Republicans.

“Clearly the Democrats want to portray the Republicans as the ‘Party of No’ and the challenge for Republicans is how do they become an effective opposition party at the same time defining a clear choice?” said David Winston, a prominent strategist and pollster who works closely with the congressional Republican leadership. “Once people see the Republicans defining a choice, the ‘Party of No’ goes away.”

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Kristen Soltis on “The Vanishing Young Republicans”

by David Winston

In her piece, “The Vanishing Young Republicans,” Soltis address the issue of more and more young voters identifying as Democrat, including when the trend really started and how this may affect the GOP.

Yesterday’s departure of Sen. Arlen Specter from the Republican Party re-opened the debate over the ideological direction of the Republican Party. Did the GOP move away from Specter, or was it Specter that left the GOP? Where do the American people fall?

The Right Idea, Episode 9 – The Torture Debate

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Ep. 9 – The Torture Debate from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

Kristen Soltis talks to James Kirchick of The New Republic and Mindy Finn of Engage about the political implications of the torture issue, how the GOP may be affected and perceived, and whether or not this a problem for Democrats as well.

The Right Idea, Episode 8 – Technology and Young Voters

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Ep. 8 – Technology and Young Voters from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

In this week’s second installment of “The Right Idea,” Kristen, Jen and Doug talk about new technology and how the GOP can use it to it’s advantage, especially when reaching out to young voters.

The Right Idea, Episode 7 – Cable News Wars

by Lisa Mathias

Cable News Wars from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

Kristen Soltis, Jen Stolp and Doug Heye talk about cable news networks and other media, and how they factor into the constant struggle between the right and the left.

The Right Idea, Episode 6 – Key Players in the Adminstration

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Ep. 6 – Key Players in the Administration from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

In the latest episode of our podcast, Kristen, Alex and J.P. talk about more big names in government, both past and present, as well as how Joe Biden and Rahm Emanuel are faring in their roles in the new administration.

The Right Idea Episode 5 – Foreign Policy

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea Ep. 5 – Foreign Policy from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

In this episode of “The Right Idea,” JP Freire of the American Spectator and Republican “smart guy”Alex Lara join Kristen Soltis in discussing Obama’s overseas trip, pirates, missiles, and how to act around the Queen.

GOP must stop being the party of no

by canderson

David, quoted in a Mike Allen and Patrick O’Conner Politico story:

“What this Republican leadership is trying to do is define what the choice is,” said David Winston, a GOP pollster who monitors the environment for House Republicans. “If Republicans are defining what their policies are, they will fare better than if they go up against Obama as a personality test.”

[“GOP Scrambles to show it has ideas” – Politico]

“Pollster to GOP: Move Beyond Reagan”

by canderson

David, quoted in a “Washington Whispers” blog post by Paul Bedard:

“It’s not about competing with Obama on personality; it’s about focusing on rethinking the solutions,” says David Winston, former director of planning for ex-Speaker Newt Gingrich. The pollster is pushing the GOP to move beyond Reaganism and reinvent modern conservative solutions to issues Americans care about, like jobs and healthcare.

[Washington Whispers]

The Right Idea, Episode 4 – Entitlement Reform

by Lisa Mathias

The Right Idea, Ep. 4 -Entitlement Reform from The Winston Group on Vimeo.

Episode 4 continues with Kristen Soltis, Moira Bagley, and John Feehery discussing monetary issues in the US today, specifically with entitlements. How can the GOP address what’s wrong with this issue? Can they use it to reach out to young voters?

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