Former Governor Ed Rendell, former RNC Chairman Michael Steele, and journalist Richard Wolffe in discussion at the Washington Ideas Forum 2012.
Jonathan Alter is a senior editor at Newsweek, where since 1991 he has written an acclaimed column on politics, history, media, and society at large.
He is also an analyst and contributing correspondent for NBC News. He lives in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and three children.
Edward G. Rendell, Pennsylvania’s 45th Governor, began a second term of office on January 16, 2007, following a landslide re-election victory. As Governor, Rendell served as chief executive of the nation’s 6th-most-populous state and oversaw a $27.5 billion budget.
Michael Steele is chairman of the Republican National Committee. Previously, Steele was lieutenant governor of Maryland, the first African American elected to statewide office. He also served as chairman of GOPAC and held posts on the National Federal Election Reform Commission and the NAACP Blue Ribbon Commission on Election Reform. President George W. Bush named Steele a member of the US delegation to the investiture of Pope Benedict XVI and as a member of the delegation to the Leon H. Sullivan Summit VIII in Tanzania. He is a regular contributor to Fox News and regular host of the Salem Radio Network’s nationally syndicated “Morning in America Show.” Steele is the founder of The Steele Group, a business and legal consulting firm. His work has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Times, and Politico among others.
Richard Wolffe is a Daily Beast columnist and an award-winning journalist. He covered the entire length of Barack Obama's presidential campaign for Newsweek magazine. His book about the election, Renegade: The Making of a President, was a New York Times bestseller in 2009. His new book, Revival: The Struggle for Survival Inside the Obama White House, was published in November.