I interviewed Ari Berman, writer for The Nation magazine, at the Wyoming State Democratic Convention. We discussed how progressive politics can make a comeback in a red state, and how Wyoming is its own unique breed. Oh, and we mention boomsticks as a GOP talking point.
Because I love the readers of Cognitive Dissonance, you can listen to the interview before it airs this Friday on KOCA 93.5 FM in Laramie.
Berman has written extensively about American politics, foreign policy, and the intersection of money and politics. His stories have also appeared in the New York Times, Rolling Stone, and the Guardian, and he is a frequent guest and political commentator on MSNBC, C-Span, and NPR. His first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, was published in October 2010.
This interview should be instructive for Oklahoma progressives to listen to as well (as well as reading Berman’s book, which I haven’t, but I’m gonna).
It’s easy to identify here with the part where Meg and Berman discuss Democratic Party members feeling “beaten down” because Republicans are so dominant in such states.
Good work, Meg!
Thank you! It IS a different way to think about red state politics. We can compromise, but how far are we willing to be pushed? What’s the point of electing Democrats who vote against Democratic ideals? And why WAS Gov. Dave so popular in Wyoming?