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Author: Roger King

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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!
24 Episodes
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.
Bill Kristol had long been one of the most well-known Conservatives in the country - until Trump. Bill & Roger discuss what the election results tell us about the Republican party, whether the GOP will ever quit Trump and how Democrats can keep voters like him and the rest of the Never Trump movement.
Host Roger King gives his quick overview of what to expect on election night, including key swing states to watch and the differences in the polls between 2020 and 2016.  
No Democrat Left Behind is a one-of-a-kind grassroots movement dedicated to getting Democrats running in deep red districts into Congress. Hassan and Roger discuss the coalition of candidates they are running in November and the strategies for Democrats being competitive in these red districts.
Black Voters Matter works to increase power in marginalized, predominantly Black communities.  LaTosha and Roger discuss the impact of the race protests in the wake of the George Floyd murder, the untapped potential to motivate rural black voters in Southern red states, Voter ID laws and more.
Joe Trippi is a well-known Democratic strategist who has worked with/for Howard Dean, Ted Kennedy, Walter Mondale, Jerry Brown and Alabama Senator Doug Jones, among many others.  Joe and Roger discuss Joe's legendary career, the Jones re-election campaign, money in politics and how Democrats can win across the country in November. 
Sisters United Alliance (SUA) specifically targets Texas women who have registered in the past but did not vote. Roger talks with Sherrie & Diana from SUA about how they target these women, their success in getting them out for the 2018 midterms and whether Texas can turn blue in November.  
Future Now gets progressive candidates elected at the state level but they are also an advocacy organization that helps those elected candidates enact their agenda once in office. Aaron and Roger discuss the key states for the 2020 election, the issues that will help Dems win at the state level, and more.
Republican Voters Against Trump (RVAT) collects video testimonials from Republicans across the country who do not support Trump. Sarah Longwell co-founded the group. She and Roger discuss why Trump is losing support from Republicans; the $10 million RVAT anti-Trump ad campaign in swing states; why Biden is winning these voters, and more. 
Amanda Litman is the Executive Director of Run For Something, which recruits and supports young progressives running for office at all levels across the U.S.  Roger and Amanda discuss how she went from being Hillary Clinton's email Director (not those emails!) to launching Run For Something the day after Trump's inauguration; how the organization finds candidates and decides which ones to endorse; successful candidates they have backed in red states, and more.
David Weissman was a right wing Republican and die-hard Trump supporter. A self-described troll, he was part of the MAGA army on social media and built up a Twitter following of over 100,000. A chance Twitter encounter with comedian Sarah Silverman got him rethinking his beliefs and eventually led to him regretting his support for Trump. David and Roger discuss his journey from the MAGA cult (as he calls it) to becoming a Democrat.
Rick Wilson is one of the most well-known Never Trump Conservatives in the country, through his many TV appearances and NY Times best-selling book, "Everything Trump Touches Dies". Rick and Roger discuss his new book "Running Against The Devil", which gives advice to Democrats on how to beat Trump. Rick gives his take on the Dems chances in key red states, evaluates the pluses and  minuses of the remaining Democratic Presidential candidates, and more.
Why Cities Lose traces the deep roots of the Urban-Rural divide in the U.S. and shows that geography is the main reason the left loses many key elections. Roger and Jonathan discuss how Democrats are making inroads with suburban voters and which states that is happening in the most; the changing nature of college educated voters; how housing costs in major urban places may be unintentionally helping Democrats, and more.
Rachel Bitecofer predicted the exact number of House seats the Democrats would win in the 2018 midterms before any other political analyst and she is already on the record as saying Trump will lose in 2020. Rachel and Roger discuss why Trump won in 2016 and why he likely won't in 2020; why the Democrats won in 2018 (it's not the reason many Democrats think); the truth about independent voters, and more.
American Bridge is the largest research, video tracking and rapid response organization in Democratic politics. They find what Republicans are hiding and make sure voters hear about it. Sacha and Roger discuss how American Bridge tracks Republicans and what they do with the video or info when they find something; how, according to their polling, Trump is vulnerable with his own voters; their $50 million campaign to flip Trump voters in key swing states, and more.
Charlie Sykes is one of the most well-known Never Trump conservatives. Roger and Charlie discuss whether Charlie considers himself a Republican anymore; whether the conservative movement can survive Trump; the issues Democrats should run on in 2020 to persuade moderate voters; Wisconsin as the key swing state and more. 
Roger & Jane discuss how she organized rural conservatives in Nebraska to oppose the Keystone Pipeline (Rolling Stone magazine called her "The Keystone Killer".) They also discuss how Democrats can persuade rural voters; her rise from progressive organizer to Nebraska Democratic Party Chair; whether Dems can win in Nebraska in 2020 and more.
Bill and Roger discuss key things liberals might find surprising: that virtually everything Obama signed into law got Republican votes; the NRA donating to politicians is not the real source of their power; that the Democrats may be making a political mistake pursuing single payer healthcare, and more. 
Matthew Shepard was brutally murdered in a hate crime 21 years ago this October, in Laramie, Wyoming.  His death was a galvanizing moment for the LGBTQ community across the U.S.  Jason Marsden was a friend of Matthew's and is now the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation.   In this episode, Roger and Jason discuss the mission of the foundation; Jason's decision to come out in the media right after Matthew was murdered; what it was like to be gay in red state Wyoming; Jason's husband running for Mayor in Casper, Wyoming; the current LGBTQ community in Wyoming and more. 
In this episode, Roger and Pam discuss Florida politics: why it is a red state at the moment, her idea for the Democrats to start a campaign to get people to move there for political reasons, the parts of her gun control and health care platform that appealed to Republicans and more. Note: Though it was eventually corrected, this episode was initially labelled as Episode 3 for iTunes subscribers.  You may want to go back to Episode 3 to hear the one you missed.
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