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Todd Domke

Republican Political Analyst, WBUR

WBUR political analyst Todd Domke is a media consultant specializing in public relations and strategy.

As a political consultant, Domke worked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with GOPAC and the National Republican Congressional Committee to develop strategies, tactics and training for challenger candidates, culminating in the GOP winning majority control of the U.S. House in 1994. He has lectured at RNC campaign schools, congressional candidate workshops, media seminars and Boston colleges.

He has been widely quoted as a political analyst in media outlets including NPR, CNN, ABCNews.com and The Wall Street Journal. During the 2008 presidential race he wrote a column for The Boston Globe. Some of his op-eds were evaluation scorecards that can be used to analyze politics in 2012: “Do-it yourself debate predictions,” “Who has the media edge?” and “Who rates as a running mate?”

Todd is co-author of “Cain and Abel at Work: How to Overcome Office Politics,” published by Broadway Books, “The Conservative’s Dictionary: Witty, Wicked Definitions to Drive Liberals Wild,” published by St. Martin’s Press, and author of “Grounded,” a humorous children’s novel published by Alfred A. Knopf. Over the years, he has ghostwritten speeches, articles and books for leaders in business, education, government and politics.

Recent stories

Commentary: The Topsy-Turvy, Truthy, Trumpy New World Of Politics

November 25, 2015
If Donald Trump ends up winning the GOP nomination, American politics will never be the same, writes Todd Domke. Pictured here, Trump speaks during a rally in Ohio on Monday. (Paul Vernon/AP)

If Donald Trump ends up winning the GOP nomination, American politics will never be the same, writes Todd Domke.

Commentary: Don’t Forget To Not Watch The Democratic Debate On Saturday

November 13, 2015
From left: Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Rodham Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Martin O'Malley smile after a forum at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., last week. (Chuck Burton/AP)

Only conflict Saturday night will make enough news to have any significant impact on the Democratic race, Todd Domke writes.

Commentary: Weirdness And Winnowing In The GOP Presidential Race

November 06, 2015
Winnowing of the Republican field is becoming more evident as we get close to actual voting, writes Republican analyst Todd Domke. (Mark J. Terril/APl

It seems there are three tiers of candidates, writes Republican analyst Todd Domke: The first six are doomed, the next five are long shots, and the final four have enough support to go all the way.

Commentary: Diagnosing Trump Syndrome — The Affliction Of The ‘Authentically Crazy’

October 23, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during an Iowa campaign stop at the Burlington Memorial Auditorium on Wednesday. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

“Trumpitis” might just be a cycle of poll-media-voter madness, WBUR political analyst Todd Domke satirically muses.

Commentary: How The Mighty Trump Might Fall

October 02, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks during a campaign stop in Keene, New Hampshire, on Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

Trump’s bandwagon started to go backward when he tried to maintain his dominance in the GOP field by getting more specific about issues, says Todd Domke.

Commentary: On Whining And Winning, Donald Trump’s Ten Commandments

September 14, 2015
Donald Trump seems to be following his own sacred rules while on the campaign trail. (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

Trump regularly violates Ronald Reagan’s so-called Eleventh Commandment (“Thou Shalt Not Speak Ill Of A Fellow Republican”). But, he does so without any apparent dip in the polls. So what are Trump’s holy tenets?

Commentary: How Comedians Would Rank The Presidential Candidates

August 28, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump pulls his hair back to show that it is not a toupee while speaking during a rally at the TD Convention Center Thursday in Greenville, S.C. (Richard Shiro/AP)

Before Labor Day signals the beginning of more serious political analysis, let’s review how comedians have been treating the 2016 presidential candidates.

Commentary: 20 Questions About The Wacky, Unpredictable 2016 Race For President

August 18, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks to the media after arriving by helicopter before attending the Iowa State Fair Saturday. (Charlie Riedel/AP)

Some call it a circus or clown show, but if voters like having a choice and not being taken for granted, the 2016 contest is shaping up nicely.

Commentary: Yes, Bernie Sanders Could Beat Hillary Clinton

July 10, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders greets local residents in a Fourth of July parade in Waukee, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

There’s still a lot of questions surrounding Sanders’ candidacy, but WBUR’s political analyst Todd Domke says its not fair to write him off as an eccentric who doesn’t have a chance at winning the nomination.

Commentary: If The GOP Presidential Debate Turns Ugly … It May, At Least, Be Entertaining

July 01, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at a house party Tuesday in Bedford, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

There are some easy-to-imagine logistical problems facing Republican presidential hopefuls looking to debate with each other on the same stage. But, Todd Domke argues, if you can picture their debates, there’s also a wealth of entertainment to be seen.

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