On Nov. 12, nationally recognized political strategist Joe Trippi spoke at the Department of Political Science’s convocation of majors event in the Physician’s Auditorium at 7 p.m. Trippi went in-depth on how Barrack Obama won the presidential election, why Mitt Romney lost and the future of both the Republican and Democratic parties.
Trippi noted that family and friends now have the power to influence people in a way corporations cannot.”What we’re seeing is different from the usual. Social media starts from the bottom. Corporations and government no longer have power. You do,” he said.
Trippi also discussed the importance of campaign mobilization and how the Obama campaign utilized it well. He said that through figuring out what potential voters liked, such as their favorite soda or gas station, the Obama campaign was able to get different groups together in support for one candidate.
It is in this way, that the individual is in control. Trippi stated, “Any individual has the power to change the politics of their locality…and both parties have become transactional. Trying to cut a deal with you for your vote,” Trippi said.
Trippi then discussed the demographic issues regarding the Republican Party which correlated with Mitt Romney losing the election. He declared that getting the white vote will no longer win the electoral college and explained how the Romney campaign overestimated its impact. “[The] white population declines two points for every four years,” he said.
He went on to state that the Republican Party has become an older white male party, and that if changes are not made soon on social policy issues such as immigration, the party will move further away and become a national fail. He also said that the Republicans did not mobilize and that demographics and technology are moving against them.
A question and answer session occurred after the speech in which questions about the removal of the electoral college, Republicans changing positions on certain issues in the future and third party progress were asked and discussed.
Trippi predicted that a third party candidate will become president within the next 10 years, and one of the two main parties will not exist.
“You don’t need a party anymore,” he said.
He then gave advice on how to empower and mobilize American voters. “The key is not to be Goliath, but to give the Davids the slingshots,” Trippi said.