Episodes

John Rowley: The Campaign Ad Guy Who Never Worked Campaigns

July 27, 2021

Whether with his old firm and partners, Fletcher Rowley, or his “new” firm Counter Point Messaging, John Rowley has long been at the forefront of Democratic politics.  As we discuss, he has always made his living making ads …

John Couvillon: Pollster from The Gret Stet of Looziana

July 20, 2021

John is an inveterate pollster, autodidact and numbers guru nonpareil. You’d have to dig deep and wide to find someone who knows both the current and historic trends in states across this vast nation as good or better than h…

Sasha Issenberg: Bestselling Author of "The Engagement"

July 13, 2021

Sasha Issenberg is the author of “The Engagement: America’s Quarter Century Struggle Over Same-Sex Marriage” which has been called “Part Grisham-esque legal thriller, part Sorkin-esque political drama, and part Maddow-esque …

Eric Potholm

July 6, 2021

Erik Potholm is a native of Maine, and a partner with SRCP Media, a Republican advertising firm based in Alexandria, VA. His work has helped elected Senators, Governors, Congressman, and those who hold lower office across th…

Jonathan Martin From The New York Times

June 29, 2021

Jonathan Martin, National Political Correspondent for The New York Times joins us for a lively discussion about how just showing up is basically the key to success.  We talk about his experiences as a cub reporter for the Na…

"Forget The Alamo" Authors Bryan Burrough & Jason Stanford

June 22, 2021

FORGET THE ALAMO? Not in this lifetime, Bubba! Ho, ho! Best selling authors Bryan Burrough and Jason Stanford join us this week to discuss their new lightning rod-cum-New York Times Notable book for the month of June “Forget…

Veteran Pollster & Georgia Dawg Dan Judy

June 15, 2021

Dan Judy is a partner with Northstar Public Opinion Research, one of the top Republican polling firms in the country. His client list reads like a who’s who of Republican politics and electeds from the past 20 years. Dan is …

Senator Bob Kerrey

June 8, 2021

Former Nebraska Governor and United States Senator Bob Kerrey  is our first interview with an elected official, and he does not disappoint!  Bob is a former Navy Seal, Vietnam Veteran and a recipient of The Medal of Honor. H…

Carter King From Futurebirds

June 1, 2021

Carter King from America’s Favorite Cosmic Space Country Band Futurebirds joins us today to talk about inspiration, band dynamics, pandemic plans, and whether Dave can manifest a tour with Futurebirds and King Gizzard and Th…

Jack Goldsmith on 'Living With Hoffa' And Other American Conundrums

May 25, 2021

Jack Goldsmith is The Learned Hand Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, the co-founder of The Lawfare Blog and the “After Trump” podcast. He is the author of “In Hoffa’s Shadow. A Stepfather, A Disappearance in Detroit, a…

Bob Shrum Part 2

May 18, 2021

Bobby Loves Oatsie

Bob Shrum Part 1

May 11, 2021

BOB SHRUM! He of “The Dream Will Never Die” and “The Shrum Primary” fame!   Bob is a legend in the business of political consulting, and a member of the American Association of Political Consultants Hall of Fame.   We had su…

Bonus: Remembering Joe Slade White

May 6, 2021

Earlier this week we were saddened by the news that legendary political consultant Joe Slade White had passed away at the age of 71. Apart from being good at his job, Joe was also gracious with his time, mentoring a whole ge…

Michelle Coyle Is The Titan We Were Promised

May 4, 2021

Lively and informative episode featuring “TITAN” aka Michelle Coyle. Michelle is a veteran campaign operative and business consultant who has taken her Ivy League MBA Skillz and applied them to the world of campaign consulta…

Doc Sweitzer Has A Posse

April 27, 2021

“Y’all know The Doctor? Doctor John? Mack Rebbinack?”   Like another Show Friend from Show Business, Thomas “Doc” Sweitzer has had a front row seat on the stage with “bigger” consultants while carving out a very successful n…

Kevin Walling Is The Democrat Your Dad Knows

April 20, 2021

(Because He's On Fox News A Lot)

Bonus: That Time Our Friend Got Detained By The Syrian Military (And Lived To Tell The Tale)

April 13, 2021

Our friend Jason Hammacher recounts the story of how a completely innocent and peaceful photography expedition turned in to harrowing, "holy shit, I might not make it out of this alive" detainment by the authorities in Syria…

Seventy Six Words (Plus A Few More) With Colin Rogero

April 6, 2021

Colin Rogero is a dynamic, creative and hilarious admaker; and also our first guest to appear *on location* from another country. We chart his rise in the business including how his personal experience shaped his at-the-time…

Zac McCrary: Democratic Pollster

March 29, 2021

Zac McCrary is a self proclaimed politics nerd and unapologetic "geeker-outer" on things like campaign merch and pro wrestling. He's also one of the top Democratic pollsters in the country and host of the very fine Pro Polit…

Rick Ridder: From Recording Studios To Presidential Campaigns With Politics' Most Interesting Man

March 22, 2021

Rick Ridder has truly done in all in the consulting game and then some: numerous Presidential and Congressional campaigns, local referendums on marijuana legalization and baseball teams, a bevy of international consulting gi…

Rick Perlstein & The Search For Life After Death Of The American Consensus

March 15, 2021

Rick Perlstein has written four books that, full disclosure, we are big fans of here at NMTE so having him on to talk was both an honor and a thrill. We zoom around several topics from Carter to Reagan to Trump to racism, tr…

Joe Slade White Has Seen It All...And Lived To Tell The Tales

March 8, 2021

In a career spanning nearly 50 years, Joe Slade White has seen it all: From the Zoo Plane of the McGovern campaign to the underfunded Democratic House and Senate races of the 80's to seeing his longtime friend and client Joe…

David Hill's Winning Bet

March 1, 2021

David Hill has written about gambling and his life for Grantland, The New Yorker, The New York Times and well, everywhere. He tells us how his upbringing in Hot Springs, Arkansas and his early career as a union organizer led…

Shane Greer Is A Free Man, And He's Going Out The Front Door

Feb. 22, 2021

Campaigns and Elections Magazine publisher Shane Greer lends us his unique perspective on campaigns from someone who runs a business for campaign professionals but doesn't work directly in them; media from a publisher who do…