Episode 112, with guests Ron Brownstein and Shelly Porges

Ron Brownstein and Shelly Porgess are our guests this week.
Show produced by Katherine Caperton.
Conversations recorded at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Aspen, Colorado
Original Air Date: July 27, 2013 on SiriusXM “POTUS” Channel 124.
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This week, the second in our series of series shows recorded at the Aspen Ideas Festival against the glorious backdrop of Ajax Mountain in Aspen, Colorado.

On this show we sit down with one of the mainstays of political journalism, Ron Brownstein, National Journal’s Editorial Director, author of six books and a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. I’ve worked in several presidential campaigns of the many that Ron’s covered and, while I tend to focus on the theatrics, Ron generally sticks to the numbers. In our conversation, you’ll be amazed, as I was, of his mastery of the percentages that decide the outcome of elections.

Then, we start looking forward to 2016, talking with Shelly Porges, a former State Department official and lifetime entrepreneur and marketing pro who, today, is the co-chair of the national finance council of the Ready for Hillary super PAC. As you all should know, the super PAC is, by law, unaffiliated with the former secretary of state, New York senator and first lady. But the organization is, nonetheless, working to establish resources and an organization that can be put in place to support a return to the campaign trail of the woman who put 18 million cracks in the glass ceiling back in 2008. I hadn’t met Shelly before Aspen, but she was prominent at the Festival working to build support for her organization. We don’t know yet whether Hillary is ready to run, but there are plenty of people, including Shelly, who are ready for Hillary.


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