A Conversation with the Washington Post's Dan Balz, Author of "Collision 2012"
In his book Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America, Dan Balz describes the 2012 Presidential election as a contest between two different visions of America. The final tally produced a winner but no resolution to the political stalemate that Washington now finds itself in. What were the factors that led to President Obama's re-election? Was it purely a tactical victory based on the Democrats' greater sophistication in the ground game and social media? Why did so much money and effort lead us back to essentially the same place of partisan bitterness and policy paralysis? And finally, what do Washington's problems mean for California and the West? Will policy initiatives come from the states and not DC?
In addition to Dan Balz, the panel will include two Bay Area residents who were involved at high levels in the Obama and Romney campaigns: former Director of Research for the Obama 2012 campaign Elizabeth Jarvis-Shean, and former Policy Director for the Romney-Ryan campaign Lanhee J. Chen. The discussion will be moderated by Bruce E. Cain, Director of the Bill Lane Center and Professor of Political Science at Stanford.
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