Washington Political Consultants: The Politics of Polarization


The Common Good was excited to host a special luncheon with Doug Bailey and Gerald Rafshoon. Though they come from opposite sides of the aisle, Bailey and Rafshoon agreed that huge changes are coming to politics in the next few years. They discussed their analysis on the negative effects of the politics of polarization, how the internet will change everything and how a third ticket is a possibility in presidential races.


Doug Bailey was an American political consultant and founder of The Hotline, a bipartisan, daily online briefing on American politics. After leaving day-to-day operations at The Hotline, which he began in 1987, Bailey became involved in numerous philanthropic activities. Most recently, he was one of the four co-founders of the political reform movement Unity08, a company that hoped to start a new centrist party for the 2008 presidential election. He appeared on The Colbert Report to promote his cause. He also founded Freedom’s Answer, a non-partisan voter turnout effort, with former Clinton Press Secretary Mike McCurry. He also served on the Board of Directors of the Fletcher School at Tufts University.

Gerald Monroe Rafshoon is an American television producer and political operative. He is one of the four founding members of Unity08, and was the White House Communications Director under the presidency of Jimmy Carter (in doing so, Mr. Rafshoon became the first professional advertising executive to join the White House staff), and is a television producer. Rafshoon has spent over 40 years in various aspects of communications including advertising, publicity, politics and film. His experience includes running a successful advertising agency, serving as White House Communications Director and as Producer and Executive Producer of motion pictures for television and cable.


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