Liberals are too clustered in major cities, mainly in blue states. This is why Hillary Clinton can get 3 million more votes and still lose the election. Progressives and liberals are not spread out enough across the country in large enough numbers to win more elections.
What can liberals and progressives do to turn more of the map blue? The short answer is…MOVE!
In this podcast, we talk to people in places that aren’t blue. Sometimes it’s liberals who are on the ground in deep red territory. Other times, it’s people who don’t agree with liberals. But always with the goal of answering these questions:
What will bring more liberal voters to red states?
How can liberals persuade voters who are already there?
The Clusterf*cked Podcast is an exploration of a new liberal movement…that must be literal!
Episode 28 - Author/Journalist Ross Benes
Ross Benes grew up in small town Nebraska, surrounded by Republicans. Now he lives in Brooklyn. His book "Rural Rebellion: How Nebraska Became a Republican Stronghold" details Nebraska's move rightward but is also a personal story about understanding both rural and urban cultures, and how to bridge that divide. Ross and Roger discuss the misconceptions about rural voters and how Democrats can be competitive in Nebraska again.
Episode 27 - Author/Journalist Alec MacGillis
Journalist Alec MacGillis often writes about inequality in the U.S., including a New York Times article that led to the launch of this very Clusterfucked podcast. His new book, Fulfillment: Winning & Losing in One-Click America, looks at winners and losers in different regions through the lens of Amazon. Roger and Alec discuss the book, how the pandemic has affected liberal clustering and more.
Episode 26 - Ben Wikler, Chair of the Wisconsin Democratic Party
Wisconsin Democratic Chair Ben Wikler joins Roger to discuss Wisconsin politics: how Biden beat Trump in the state, the 2022 campaign to defeat Republican Senator Ron Johnson, how candidates can win regularly in Wisconsin, and more.
Episode 25 - Senator Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) and Alabama Minority House Leader, Anthony Daniels
Former Senator Heidi Heitkamp (North Dakota) and first ever African-American Alabama Minority House Leader Anthony Daniels join Roger for a lively discussion on what Democrats need to do to reach out to rural voters, particularly in deep red states.
Episode 24 - Ashley York, Director of the documentary film, Hillbilly
A California filmmaker goes back to where she grew up in small-town Kentucky to find out why her relatives support Trump and to explore the cultural stereotyping of the people of Appalachia.
Roger and Director Ashley York discuss her film Hillbilly, the conditions that led to the politics of the region and the surprising progressive community in Kentucky and surrounding red states.
Episode 24 - David Shor, Former Data Analyst for Obama For America/Obama's 2012 re-election campaign
At 20 years old, David Shor was hired by Obama for America and was a key data analyst & forecaster for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign. David and Roger discuss the polling problems with the 2020 election, who non-voters really are, myths about which issues are actually popular with voters, and more.
Professional and informative
Great selection of quests and great production value. Would recommend to anyone interested in current state of US politics!
Roger cuts to the chase immediately ---and what a chase he presents!
Awesome content. Obviously well-researched. Great guests!
I'll now be a regular, subscribed Cluster'd listener.