On Friday, December 16, 2011, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg joined the Monitor Breakfast for a conversation with reporters. Stanley Bernard Greenberg is a leading Democratic pollster and political strategist who has advised the campaigns of Bill Clinton, Al Gore, and John Kerry, as well as hundreds of other candidates and organizations in the United States and around the world, including the former Bundeskanzler (Chancellor of Germany) Gerhard Schröder and the former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Michael Häupl and the Austrian SPÖ. He is the CEO of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner, a polling and consulting firm, and co-founder (with James Carville and Bob Shrum) of Democracy Corps, a non-profit organization which produces left-leaning political strategy."
Dr. Stan Greenberg
Stan Greenberg has served as polling advisor to presidents and prime ministers, CEOs, and dozens of campaigns in the U.S. and around the world. His political clients have included President Bill Clinton, Vice President Al Gore, British Prime Minister Tony Blair, and South Africa President Nelson
Mandela, and his corporate clients include Boeing, Microsoft, and other global companies. He also conducts the bi-partisan polls for NPR, The Los Angeles Times, and the Bipartisan Policy Center.
Dr. Greenberg was inducted into the American Association of Political Consultants’ Hall of Fame, and has been described as “the father of modern polling techniques.” He is the author of The Two Americas and Middle Class Dreams, which put the spotlight on “Reagan Democrats.” Those insights made him the principal polling advisor to the Democratic Leadership Council during the formative years of change for the Democratic Party between 1988 and 1994.
Dr. Greenberg founded his research firm in 1980 after a decade of teaching at Yale University where he received a Guggenheim Fellowship. He was educated at Miami University and Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D.
Noting that buzz behind Ross Perot's third-party presidential bid did not start building until March of 1992, Democratic pollster Stan Greenberg argues that he is certain a major third-party candidate will enter the 2012 presidential race.
According to Democratic pollster Stanley Greenberg, American voters are generally in favor of economic measures calling for financial "sacrifice," but are skeptical the burden would be shared equally across income levels.
Mr. Greenberg is making some very important points, but he is simply a terrible speaker, with his hands flailing around like he's chasing hordes of mosquitoes away and his voice/diction sounding like he is trying to talk while swallowing a peanut butter sandwich whole.
That aside, his basic points are mostly right on the money. It will be the Independents [be they truly so or at least claiming to be so while they really are just "leaners"] who will decide the presidential election of 2012, just as they did that of 2008, as well as many of the Congressional races. And the GOP just "doesn't get it." They run to all these creepy social conservative bum-of-the-month club candidates, while branding anyone who is dealing with the issues that matter to most Americans as RINOs. The GOP seems to have decided to become the party of religious extremism [to answer the question put forth several years ago by Andrew Sullivan], and with that decision to embrace all the nastiness, pettiness, meanness, and preternatural stupidity of the likes of Palin, Perry, Bachmann, Trump, and Cain, as glorified by the likes of Coulter & all of Fox News. [I would throw in Gingrich for the first three traits, but as bad as he is, I would not call him stupid overall.] Mr. Greenberg is right that a third party candidate, who is intelligent, humane, and traditionally conservative [i.e., a true fiscal conservative] could be a powerful candidate--but in the end would probably benefit Obama.