Unpacking the 2016 Presidential campaign and election (at the Senior Center)

senior-center-signThe next meeting  of the Senior Statesmen  of Virginia will be held on Wednesday,  December 14, 2016, 1:30 – 3 p.m. at the Senior Center, Inc., ROOM A, 1180 Pepsi Place. FREE and open to the public.

The  results of  the  2016 presidential  election  pleased  some,  disappointed others  and  surprised just  about everyone.  Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton was supposed to have a lock on the presidency but Republican nominee  Donald  Trump, who faced not only Democratic opposition  but  a “NeverTrump” movement  among Republicans, prevailed by winning a majority of Electoral  College votes.

The Senior  Statesmen  of Virginia  will host two political  consultants who will field your questions  about  the elections, such as:

  • How was a political novice (Trump) able to dispatch more than a dozen seemingly far more qualified Republicans and secure the nomination?
  • Why did Socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders perform so well in the Democratic primaries and caucuses  yet   lose   the   Democratic   nomination   to Clinton?
  • Why were voters left with a choice that many described as between the lesser of two evils?
  • How was Trump able to carry states — Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — that were supposedly part of a “blue wall” guaranteeing a Clinton victory?
  • Why didn’t the pollsters and the media see what was coming?
  • And what do the 2016 election results portend for the nation  and  for  the  futures  of  the  Republican  and Democratic parties?

One of our two speakers will be Jim Hobart, a vice president at the leading Republican polling firm Public terrycooperjim-hobartOpinion Strategies. Jim is a veteran of numerous important campaigns, including four victorious U.S. Senate campaigns and 11 winning U.S. House campaigns in 2014.  He was named Campaigns & Elections magazine’s Rising Star in 2013.

We invited leaders of two excellent Democratic polling firms as well (Garin Hart Yang and GBA Strategies) but they were unavailable so our second speaker will be our own Terry Cooper.  Terry is a native of Charlottesville and a veteran opposition researcher for Republican campaigns.  The program will be moderated by SSV Vice President Rich DeMong.