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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: Trump’s N.H. Win A Triumph Over Conventional Wisdom

February 09, 2016
GOP candidate Donald Trump speaks to supporters Tuesday night after being declared the winner of the New Hampshire primary. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Given the New Hampshire results, the more subdued personality we’ve been hearing about since Donald Trump came in second in Iowa will likely disappear says political analyst Todd Domke.

Commentary: The Enthusiasm Factor In Iowa — Who’s Got The Mojo?

January 30, 2016
What distinguishes the campaigns that have a shot at winning some kind of “victory” in Iowa is the enthusiasm of their staff, volunteers, donors and supporters. Pictured here, Republican candidates greet the audience before a debate in Iowa Thursday night. (Chris Carlson/AP)

What distinguishes the campaigns that have a shot at winning some kind of “victory” in Iowa is the enthusiasm of their staff, volunteers, donors and supporters.

Commentary: Charlie Baker’s Quandary: Can He Stay Silent On The GOP Presidential Race?

January 23, 2016
Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker speaks during a news conference at the State House in October. (Steven Senne/AP)

There are many reasons for Baker’s neutrality, but can he keep it up? Todd Domke explores Baker’s options.

Commentary: Who Could Trump Pick As A Running Mate?

January 19, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop at Concord High School on Monday in Concord, N.H. (John Minchillo/AP)

After months of slinging insults at his opponents, it is hard to imagine who — should Trump secure the GOP presidential nomination — among the crowded Republican field could reasonably be tapped as his running mate.

Commentary: Which GOP Candidates Will Quit After New Hampshire?

January 12, 2016
From left: Republican candidates John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie. (AP)

John Kasich, Jeb Bush and Chris Christie all have reason to feel that lightning could strike in New Hampshire, writes Todd Domke.

Commentary: Keeping Track Of The So-Called Campaign ‘News’

January 05, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump talks with reporters at a campaign event in October 2015. (Jim Cole/AP)

Sometimes it’s hard to know what to believe with campaign news flooding the media. WBUR political analyst Todd Domke has a quiz to see if you could separate fact from fiction.

Commentary: Will Romney Endorse Rubio In The N.H. Primary?

December 24, 2015
Marco Rubio hugs Mitt Romney during a campaign stop in Miami, in 2012, when Romney was running for president. Might Romney endorse Rubio for president now? (J Pat Carter/AP)

Mitt Romney might be the only Republican whose endorsement can change the dynamic of the GOP race, says Todd Domke.

Commentary: Is Bernie Sanders Making A Stealthy Comeback?

December 18, 2015
Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders speaks to reporters and members of the Communication Workers of America, following the union's endorsement of Sanders on Thursday. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

Ahead of Saturday night’s Democratic debate, Todd Domke lists a few of Sanders’ impressive breakthroughs in attracting support.

Commentary: Will Tuesday’s GOP Debate Be A Free-For-All?

December 14, 2015
If there's a clash Tuesday evening between candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz, pictured, that would probably be the big news story afterward, Todd Domke says. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Tuesday’s debate could change the dynamic of the Republican presidential race, writes Todd Domke.

Commentary: Can Donald Trump Be Stopped?

December 04, 2015
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Republican Jewish Coalition Presidential Forum in Washington on Thursday. (Susan Walsh/AP)

For many months The Donald has been The Frontrunner. As the Republican establishment ponders recent polls showing his lead growing for the GOP presidential nomination, the question now is whether he has become The Inevitable.

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