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Todd Domke

Former Staff
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: Can Bernie Sanders Beat Expectations?

May 02, 2015
Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks about his agenda in running for president, Thursday, April 30, 2015, on Capitol Hill. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

The 73-year-old Vermont senator may seem eccentric, but as a self-described “Democratic Socialist” he’s a true believer. And he says he is “running to win,” despite the odds.

Commentary: Why Hillary Is In Trouble

April 25, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to students and faculty during a campaign stop at New Hampshire Technical Institute Tuesday in Concord, N.H. (Jim Cole/AP)

Hillary Clinton’s popularity has been in decline–“down to 49 percent, from its all-time high 67 percent two years ago.” And support for Hillary probably won’t be increasing any time soon.

Commentary: Hillary’s Hope: The More Candidates, The Merrier

April 17, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton, left, visits with local residents at The Tremont, Wednesday in Marshalltown, Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

If several challengers split the unhappy-with-Hillary vote, it would be hard for any of them to quickly emerge as the clear alternative, Todd Domke says.

Commentary: Some More Boston Olympics Poll Questions I’d Like To Ask

March 27, 2015
People hold up placards against bringing the Olympic Games to Boston during the first public forum regarding the city's 2024 Olympic bid in February. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Analyst Todd Domke has some additional questions that would stir the “conversation” Boston 2024 leaders now say they want.

Commentary: Is Hillary Clinton Ready To Be Campaigner-In-Chief?

March 13, 2015
Hillary Clinton speaks to reporters at United Nations headquarters on Tuesday. She conceded that she should have used a government email to conduct business as secretary of state, saying her decision to use a private account was simply a matter of "convenience." (Seth Wenig/AP)

Hillary Clinton’s news conference on her email use as secretary of state just added fuel to the firestorm, raising many more questions than she answered, says Todd Domke.

Commentary: Who Will The GOP Pick For Veep?

March 03, 2015
Sen. Marco Rubio (Carolyn Kaster/AP)

In analyzing who would be a good running mate for “balance” — ideological, geographical, ethnic, gender or age — we can better understand the weaknesses, strengths and strategies of presidential hopefuls.

Commentary: Massachusetts Might Be Hillary Clinton's Least Favorite State

February 27, 2015
Hillary Clinton speaks at the Watermark Silicon Valley Conference for Women Tuesday in Santa Clara, California. (Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP)

Sen. Elizabeth Warren is the main reason that our state seems less hospitable to Hillary Clinton. While Warren continues to say she has no plans to run for president, she is clearly not inclined to support Clinton any time soon.

Commentary: Testing Your Political Bias

November 06, 2014
Joanne Kinchla passes out "I Voted" stickers after voters cast ballots at Burlington High School. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Here’s a post-election test to help you recognize your bias, in case you are uncertain how you should be labeled, politically.

Commentary: Top 10 Surprises Of The Gubernatorial Race

November 03, 2014

Republican analyst Todd Domke shares his 10 surprises before votes are cast.

Commentary: Baker Wins Debate By ‘Losing It’

October 29, 2014
Charlie Baker, following Tuesday night's gubernatorial debate (Steven Senne/AP)

In the final gubernatorial debate, Republican Charlie Baker cried in recalling an encounter he had with a fisherman.

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