Trends to Watch for this Election Year

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Sean Trende, senior elections analyst at RealClearPolitics and author of The Lost Majority: Why the Future of Government is Up for Grabs and Who Will Take It, looks at the big trends in politics heading into the election year. 


Sean Trende

Comments [8]

Marcy from Manhattan

I am astonished at all the youth and progressive left wing enthusiasm for Ron Paul. Yes some of his libertarian views would relieve certain repression e.g. Patriot Act, but he is not a civil rights advocate by any means, i.e., he opposes abortion rights and gay marriage. Beware of apparently easy answers. Read beyond the campaign buttons!

Jan. 03 2012 08:58 PM
Mary Joyce Carlson

I'm recommending a website for anyone who wants to be more informed on candidates' views and actual voting records etc. There is a part of it that could be especially helpful to the caller who said she has mixed views - e.g she's for amnesty and against abortion, etc. (and many others of us who don't fall neatly into the "right" or "left' columns) - and wonders how to find a candidate that best matches her views.

The website is

The subsection I'm referring to is called VoteEasy.

Project VoteSmart is a truly valuable organization, IMO. Please check it out WNYC and listeners! (I have no connection with it other than finding it worthwhile.)

Jan. 03 2012 12:38 PM
jmurphy from floral park, NY

Thank you for another intelligent guest, and especially thanks to him for his personal political candor. I also appreciate JC from New Jersey who is conflicted. I enjoy the reasonable dialogue. Keep up the good work!

Jan. 03 2012 11:34 AM
Jorge from nyc

White "Latinos" are just as racist as any America white boy

Jan. 03 2012 11:29 AM
jgarbuz from Queens

There should be some kind of law that would prohibit primaries any kind of electioneering until 6 months before the election! Of course the media would have nothing to talk about except the Palestinians or Iran, so the media needs 18 months of pre-election blah blah blah to sustain the 24 hour news/commercials cycle. Why do we have to waste 18 months out of every 48 months of a presidency to speculate about the next election?? Other than feeding the news manufacturing industry? That's all we manufacture now in America is "news."

Jan. 03 2012 11:26 AM
fuva from Harlemworld

Think the political schizophrenia of the day reflects visceral -- as opposed to informed -- voting.

Jan. 03 2012 11:26 AM

Bush downfall, IMO,

Terry Schiavo is alive!
Push to privatize Social Security
Complete botch of Katrina
Abu Ghraib
GWOT Fatigue

The cherry on top was the Financial Meltdown caused by the popping of the real estate bubble. Any credible Democrat would have beat any credible Republican when following such a record of failure. The Democrats need to push a stronger vision of what needs to be done to 1) defeat the obstructionist GOP and 2) break the PushMe-PullYou aspects of the current Congress.

Jan. 03 2012 11:21 AM
Ross from New Windsor, NY

Fine guest, Brian, in Sean Trende. We need more analysts and fewer pundits, and you provide such on your show. The new year's begun in good stead.

Jan. 03 2012 11:17 AM

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