Showing posts from November, 2011

Dr. Drew: Thoughts on the AEI-Heritage-CNN Debate

I thought the last debate got started on the wrong note with an awkward rendition of the national anthem.  I used to work as a fundraiser for an opera company.  The singer was so bad that I thought CNN would be better off featuring a member of the audience at random. 

As CNN looked more and more inept, Speaker Gingrich displayed the verbal skills, and intelligence which allowed him to lead the Republican effort to take back the House in the 1990s.  Gingrich dramatically skewered the goofy Congressman Paul, on the need for the Patriot Act: “Timothy McVeigh succeeded. That’s the whole point.”

To me this looks like a pattern that Gingrich has perfected.  He blurts out a quick, short statement, the sort of thing that makes you scratch your head, then he backs it up with a longer explanation that helps you understand what he is talking about. 

The total effect is quite impressive.  It is a technique that he is honed over the years that helps him show off his rich understanding of what i…

Dr. Drew on Meeting Young Obama - Excerpts from Speech to Capistrano Republican Women's Federated

I pulled together the highlights of the talk I gave at the Capistrano Republican Women's Federated Club on April 22, 2011.  This was the first time I ever gave this talk.  As you will see, the audience is very supportive and attentive. 

After watching myself on this video tape, I'm reminded why it is important for political leaders to view their tapes as part of their effort to improve their presentations. 

John C. Drew, Ph.D. is an award-winning political scientist.