Farewell, President Obama: Your Legacy as one of the Best Presidents is Secure

by Lanny Davis – 1/19/16 Historians usually look to various factors when they rate U.S. presidents. The consensus top tier-rated, Mt. Rushmore-type recognition as nation’s top-ranked presidents by historians, in a class by themselves, are usually, Washington, Jefferson, Jackson, Lincoln, and both Roosevelts (FDR and TR). My analysis is that each of them are included […]

What the Democrats can Learn From J.D. Vance’s “Hillbilly Elegy”

by Lanny Davis – 12/14/16 I decided to read J.D. Vance’s book, “Hillbilly Elegy,” a few days after the November presidential election. I was still in a state of shock and grief over Hillary Clinton’s loss. Clinton received almost 3 million votes more than Donald Trump. She would be president had there been a switch […]

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The True Purple Moment: Time to Pass the International Religious Freedom Act…Now

by Lanny Davis – 12/5/16 Congress has an opportunity to enact important legislation — an updated version of the International Religious Freedom Act. This is not only necessary to permit broader protection for religious freedoms around the world; it presents a golden opportunity, in this season of political polarization, for a bipartisan purple moment by […]

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Comey Likely Cost Clinton the Election – and Giuliani Could Face Criminal Investigation

by Lanny Davis – 11/16/16 We all know that on Oct. 28, ten days before the election, FBI Director James Comey wrote a public letter to congress suggesting Hillary Clinton was still under FBI investigation for emails. All her momentum after she won the last presidential debate on Oct. 19 was lost. Instead, the media […]

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Why Dems Lost the Rust Belt

by Lanny Davis & Drew Halunen – 11/10/16 Dear Purple Nation readers and friends: A young colleague in our public affairs / media strategy firm, Trident DMG, Drew Halunen, is from rural Minnesota. After last Tuesday’s sad outcome in the presidential election and in some U.S. Senate races, I asked Drew how Trump could have […]

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The Issue With Comey’s Statement is Trump Campaign Hypocrisy

by Lanny Davis – 11/7/16 A redundancy is two words side by side that mean the same thing. The two words “Trump” and “hypocrite” amount to a redundancy. We’ve seen GOP nominee Donald Trump’s hypocrisy during his entire campaign — as most of his Republican opponents pointed out repeatedly during the GOP primaries. On Sunday, […]

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Worry About Clinton’s Early Voting Numbers Ignores Ground Game

by Lanny Davis – 11/5/16 There has been a lot of media and pundit commentary in the last several weeks suggesting that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton may face difficulty in the presidential race because African-Americans are voting in lower percentages in early voting tabulations than they did in 2008 and 2012 when Barack Obama was […]

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The Final Argument for Hillary Clinton, Based on 3 Indisputable Facts

by Lanny Davis – 11/3/16 There are three simple facts about Hillary Clinton’s presidential candidacy that are not disputable — even by supporters of Donald Trump. There are undisputed facts about Trump as well — that he has used bigoted words about Mexicans, questioned the integrity of a federal judge because of his Mexican heritage, […]

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Comey’s Actions Improper, Irresponsible and Possibly Illegal

by Lanny Davis – 10/29/16 The following are undisputed facts about what FBI director James Comey did on Friday afternoon in a letter to Congressional Republican leaders just less than two weeks before Election Day: 1. Comey’s letter stated, in his own words, that he did not know whether any of the newly discovered emails […]

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Time for Clinton Supporters to be Tolerant and Believe in ‘Stronger Together’

by Lanny Davis – 10/24/16 This column is tough to write. I know that, out of context, I might be accused of wanting to pull punches on GOP nominee Donald Trump and on many of his extreme, hateful supporters. The opposite is the case. Two points about Trump and some of his most extreme supporters […]

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