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Roll Call: When the Survey Says the Holocaust is Fading Away

by Emily O'Connor

In light of data suggesting that younger Americans are less aware of the facts around the Holocaust, WG’s David Winston reflects on a lesson learned as a teenager and the importance of passing down history:

All these years later, I now understand that when Mr. Michele decided to tell me about his life, he didn’t really mean it to be about him but about the millions who didn’t survive. He wanted me to remember the scale and the meaning of the Holocaust.

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Roll Call: Is Pelosi Still the Gift that Keeps on Giving for Republicans?

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston writes that the Democratic Leader’s value as a GOP political target may be fading:

How effective negative campaigns are or have ever been is open to debate. But there is increasing evidence that tying candidates to Pelosi as a campaign tactic may not have the impact needed to bring a race home for Republicans. Just ask Rick Saccone, the losing GOP candidate in the recent special election in Pennsylvania’s 18th District, whose campaign tried to tie Democrat Conor Lamb to Pelosi.

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Roll Call: Hollywood Discovers America!

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston’s latest piece for Roll Call looks at parallels between “Roseanne” and the concerns heard in focus groups over the past few years about living paycheck to paycheck:

Watching Roseanne Barr’s second act last week, I realized as I listened to her character vent about her family’s economic situation that she would have fit right in with most of these voters. Her issues in the sitcom were the same ones that drove the 2016 election — jobs and the economy coupled with people’s growing frustration that their government seems unable to deliver solutions to their problems.

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Roll Call: If the Generic Ballot Is a Midterms Canary, It’s a Cagey One

by Emily O'Connor

What does the generic ballot actually mean, especially this far out from a midterm election? The WG’s David Winston dives in:

Between now and November, there will be much speculation about the generic ballot and what it “predicts” for control of Congress. Political context and survey methodology should always be taken into consideration when putting eggs in the “generic ballot” basket.

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Roll Call: It’s Déjà vu All Over Again in Southwest Pennsylvania

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston explains similarities between the PA-18 special election and a similar defeat for Republicans in 2010:

“In 2010, the special election in Pennsylvania’s 12th District was a tough loss when history dictated Republicans should’ve expected to pick up seats in congressional elections in a nonpresidential year. In reality, that defeat ended up being a gift to the GOP. The unexpected loss jolted Republicans out of their complacency.”

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Roll Call: Trump Can’t Help Stepping on His Own Message

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston argues that despite his innate ability to drive the media cycle, President Trump is unable to capitalize on his accomplishments:

This inability to deliver a singular message and maintain a news focus has plagued this president and his communications team since Day One, and his own popularity is paying a heavy price. With the economy roaring, jobs and wages rising, ISIS defeated and a tax reform bill passed and gaining approval, clearly his favorability numbers ought to be higher.

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Roll Call: Democrats’ Own Spanish Inquisition Could Burn Party

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston explains how the ascendency of the “Resistance” on the Left may hurt Democrats in November.

A particular brand of progressivism rooted in the “Resistance” is growing in its distemper and disassociation with what these activists see as outdated, traditional Democratic ideology, further dividing their leaderless and, as they see it, increasingly aimless Democratic Party.

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Roll Call: Trump’s Negatives are the Biggest, but Are they Also the Best?

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston discusses what the President’s unique ability to win votes despite high unfavorables means for Republicans in November:

Most of the conclusions that predict doom for the GOP are based, not unreasonably, on the impact of presidential job approval on the political environment. But what we should not forget is that President Donald Trump has had strange numbers since Day One.

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Roll Call: Digital Discourse, Not Division

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston discusses how cyber criminals exploit deep partisan divisions in our society, and why this should concern Democrats, Republicans, and the media alike:

There was a time when we had safeguards in place to protect the integrity of our electoral process from external interference. The Foreign Agents Registration Act and strict prohibitions on noncitizen campaign contributions, for example, were effective in defending our elections from undue outside influence. But cybertechnology has dramatically changed our electoral environment with the potential to affect voting systems, ballot security, voter rolls and registration, and campaign communications, and equally sinister efforts to chip away at voters’ confidence in their own democracy.

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Roll Call: America Doesn’t Care How the Sausage is Made

by Emily O'Connor

The WG’s David Winston argues how voters care primarily about outcomes and results, while Washington is stuck on the process.

Americans are tired of process. They don’t want to know how the sausage is made. Who is up and who is down in D.C. Which party is at fault this week or predictions of who will take the fall next week. They really don’t care about the internal machinations of the Republican or Democratic House and Senate conferences. All they want to know about the “sausage” is whether it will impact them and how.

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