Worth a quick mention: Stanford’s Election 2012 course (previously mentioned here) wrapped up with a post-mortem. It starts with Steve Schmidt, a former John McCain and George W Bush advisor, giving a fairly blunt assessment of where the Republican Party stands right now. (The video above starts with his assessment.) Then Tom Steyer, an asset manager, philanthropist and environmentalist active in Democrat politics, explains why Obama’s victory is the product of trends (not necessarily healthy ones) already seen in California politics for the past decade. And Simon Jackman, a Stanford prof immersed in polling, shows why data matters and Nate Silver (538 blog) got things right.
The rolling conversation is moderated by David Kennedy (Pulitzer Prize-winning historian), Rob Reich, and Jim Steyer. We’ve provided YouTube links to the remaining lectures below. You can also find them on iTunes. Plus we’ve catalogued Election 2012 in our collection of 550 Free Online Courses.
- Mark McKinnon, Chris Lehane, and Gary Segura on the state of the 2012 Presidential Election
- David Kennedy on the history of the American presidency
- John Taylor and Ken Arrow on the economy and the election
- Pamela Karlan and Goodwin Liu discuss the election’s impact on the Supreme Court
- Michael Armacost and Mike McCurry discuss foreign policy
- John Hennessy (Stanford’s president) and experts take a global look at the election
- Bruce Cain and Gavin Newsom discuss the future of California politics