WBUR Staff

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: 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.

Commentary: Anticipating Donald Trump’s Exit Speech

June 16, 2015
Donald Trump announced Tuesday he would seek the Republican nomination for president. (Richard Drew/AP)

It’s not too early to imagine how Donald Trump will exit the race, once it’s embarrassingly clear that staying in longer will only make him more of a joke.

Commentary: JibJab Jeb — Is Bush Turning Into A Cartoon Character?

May 29, 2015
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush addresses employees at Emergent BioSolutions on May 28, 2015, in Lansing, Mich. (Carlos Osorio/AP)

Most political candidates can be easily parodied, but some bring it on themselves, writes Todd Domke.

Commentary: How To Stand Out In A 20-Candidate Debate

May 15, 2015
Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush delivers the keynote address at the Republican National Committee spring meeting Thursday, May 14, 2015, in Scottsdale, Ariz. While speaking earlier in the day, after days of refusing to say whether, with the benefit of hindsight, he would have ordered the invasion of Iraq in 2003, Bush relented and said he would not have invaded. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

If all 20 prospective candidates show up for GOP presidential debates, things may get a little absurd. WBUR political analyst has some suggestions for just how candidates could be extra absurd to stand out in the crowded field.

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.

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