The Common Good was proud to present an electrifying evening of predictions on the black swans and dark horses of this year’s election season - “On the Fault Lines: Decision 2018” Midterm Elections Power Panel, co-hosted by Hunter College. What are the ramifications of one of the most consequential elections in a generation?
Governor Haley Barbour’s storied tenure as a Republican elected leader and strategist began with work on Richard Nixon’s presidential campaign, support for Ronald Reagan’s first run for President, and managing Gerald Ford’s Presidential campaign in the Southeast in 1976. Then, after Reagan’s victory, Barbour served as Political Director of the Reagan White House. From 1993 to 1997, Gov. Barbour served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee. Barbour ran for Governor of Mississippi and won, serving two-terms from 2004 to 2012. He is the Founding Partner of BGR Group, heading advocacy coalitions, lobbying, and remains a major force in Republican party politics and elections.
David Gergen served as a White House adviser to four U.S. presidents of both parties: Nixon, Ford, Reagan, and Clinton. He wrote about those experiences in his New York Times best-seller, Eyewitness to Power: The Essence of Leadership, Nixon to Clinton. He is currently a professor of public service and director of the Center for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. Gergen has been a regular commentator on public affairs for some 30 years. He is a senior political analyst at CNN and was the former chief editor of the U.S. News & World Report
Ann Lewis is a leading Democrat Party strategist, advocate for women’s rights, and author. She served as Chief of Staff to then-Congresswoman, later Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland and then as White House Director of Communications for President Bill Clinton from 1997-2000; as Senior Advisor to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton for Senate in 2000 and 2006, and for President in 2008; She was the first woman Political Director of the Democratic National Committee, leading the organization from 1981 to 1985. She is currently President of the Joint Action Committee Education Foundation.
Gerald Seib is the Washington bureau chief for The Wall Street journal, responsible for the Journal’s news and analysis from the nation’s capitol. he writes a weekly column, “Capital Journal,” which brings an insightful, predictive and original understanding to politics, national affairs and foreign policy. Mr. Seib appears regularly on networks such as CNBC, Fox Business Network, CNN, and the BBC as a commentator on Washington affairs.
Nate Silver is the founder of the award-winning website FiveThirtyEight and a special correspondent for ABC News. Silver has established himself as today’s leading political statistician through his innovative analyses of political polling. He first gained national attention during the 2008 presidential election, when he correctly predicted the results of the presidential election in 49 of 50 states, along with all 35 U.S. Senate races. In 2012, FIveThirtyEight predicted the election outcome in all 50 states. In 2009, he was named one of Time’s 100 most influential people.
Gloria Boger is CNN’s chief political analyst, appearing regularly on The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer and Anderson Cooper’s AC360 and across the network’s primetime programs. Borger plays an instrumental role in the network’s daily coverage while reporting on a variety of political and breaking news stories, including America’s Choice 2016, and was pivotal to CNN’s Emmy award-winning election night coverage in 2012. She also played a key role in the network’s political coverage for the 2010 midterm elections, as well as the historic America Votes 2008 coverage, which earned CNN a Peabody Award.