Richard J. Garfunkel
WVOX – AM Radio 1460- 12 Noon Wednesday
“The Democrats in the Red Zone”
Wednesday, January 2, 2008, at 12:00 Noon, I am hosting my show “The Advocates” on WVOX- 1460 AM on your dial, or you can listen to its live streaming at www.wvox.com. One can call the show at 914-636-0110 to reach us on the radio. My guest this morning from Arlington, Va., is AF Cook, the author of “Democrats in the Red Zone: an Independent Voter’s take on the game of political perception”!
AF Cook, who is a graduate of Tufts University, is a writer/editor and, communications consultant. Over the past seven years, she has been editing, writing, and supervising projects for organizations as diverse as the FDAnews, the American Red Cross, the University of Maryland, The Diversity Channel, and the National Geographic Society. She is affiliated with of the National Press Club, and Washington Independent Writers.
Today’s discussion will center on her provocative new and interesting book, “Democrats in the Red Zone: an independent voter’s take on the game of political perception.” Author Cook said, “Since I can remember, it’s been an uphill battle for Democrats to win the hearts and minds of most male voters, Cook writes, “I don’t think the problem is that complicated because, as many guys have told me, they’re not that complicated.”
But appealing to male voters is just one part of the Democrats’ overall communication problem with voters, Cook says. If Democrats want the voting majority to accept its policies as right for America, they need to find out better ways of convincing voters of that. Cook believes Dems can learn valuable lessons about competition and communication from the all-American game of football. It doesn’t matter if you’re right, Cook says, if you can’t convince people to agree with you.
Meanwhile, the mission of the “Advocates” is to bring to the public differing views on current “public policy “ issues. “Public policy,” therefore, is what we as a nation legally and traditionally follow. Over the years, the “public policy” of the United States has changed or has been modified greatly. As an example, “free public education” is the public policy of the United States. Also, over time great struggles have ensued over the control of the direction of “public policy” For example: free trade vs. protectionism, slavery vs. emancipation, state’s rights vs. Federalism, and an all-volunteer armed forces or the “draft.”
Richard J. Garfunkel