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Todd Domke

Republican Political Analyst, WBUR

WBUR political analyst Todd Domke is a media consultant specializing in public relations and strategy.

As a political consultant, Domke worked in the late 1980s and early 1990s with GOPAC and the National Republican Congressional Committee to develop strategies, tactics and training for challenger candidates, culminating in the GOP winning majority control of the U.S. House in 1994. He has lectured at RNC campaign schools, congressional candidate workshops, media seminars and Boston colleges.

He has been widely quoted as a political analyst in media outlets including NPR, CNN, ABCNews.com and The Wall Street Journal. During the 2008 presidential race he wrote a column for The Boston Globe. Some of his op-eds were evaluation scorecards that can be used to analyze politics in 2012: “Do-it yourself debate predictions,” “Who has the media edge?” and “Who rates as a running mate?”

Todd is co-author of “Cain and Abel at Work: How to Overcome Office Politics,” published by Broadway Books, “The Conservative’s Dictionary: Witty, Wicked Definitions to Drive Liberals Wild,” published by St. Martin’s Press, and author of “Grounded,” a humorous children’s novel published by Alfred A. Knopf. Over the years, he has ghostwritten speeches, articles and books for leaders in business, education, government and politics.

Recent stories

Commentary: Will Trump Bring Down The GOP?

June 07, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump applauds during a rally, on Thursday, June 2, 2016, in San Jose, California. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

There are remarkable similarities between the Old Testament strongman, Samson, and Donald Trump, writes political analyst Todd Domke. Trump has made those who thought they’d taken him captive look foolish.

Commentary: Trump Endorsers Will Need To Avoid Quoting Past Presidents

May 27, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a rally at the Anaheim Convention Center Wednesdayin Anaheim, California. (Jae C. Hong/AP)

Many Republican officials — like House Speaker Paul Ryan — are wrestling with how they might endorse Donald Trump without sounding unprincipled and hypocritical. That will be a problem for GOP speechwriters as they consider what quotes they might use from past Republican presidents that don’t conflict with Trump’s pronouncements. Here are three quotes they […]

Commentary: Why Picking The Right Running Mate Is More Important Than Usual

May 20, 2016
Might former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown be Donald Trump's vice presidential pick? (Matt Rourke/AP)

Just imagine, all three of the vice presidential candidates could be politicians from Massachusetts: Warren or Patrick, Brown and Weld.

Commentary: Testing Out Trump Running Mates. Who Can Handle The Tough Questions?

May 14, 2016
In this file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump walks with his campaign manager Corey Lewandowski after a press conference in Iowa. (Charlie Neibergall/AP)

In mock interview sessions, political analyst Todd Domke imagines what Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, would ask potential VP picks.

Commentary: Will Trump Redefine ‘Presidential’?

April 30, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign stop in Indiana Thursday. (Darron Cummings/AP)

“Presidential” once evoked pride in Americans. It brought to mind virtues like honor, integrity and thoughtfulness. Is that all just ancient history now?

Commentary: Expect Stealing And Dealing — And Maybe Chaos — At The GOP Convention

April 18, 2016
Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event Sunday in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. (Frank Franklin II/AP)

After the California primary, all three of the GOP presidential candidates will be wheeling and dealing to gain undecided or wavering delegates – or reeling from their failure to do so.

Commentary: The Unraveling Of ‘The Donald’

April 08, 2016
GOP candidate Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally in Bethpage, New York. (Julie Jacobson/AP)

All this time, Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has been based on the words: “Let Trump be Trump.” But, political analyst Todd Domke says, as the tides begin to change Trump appears to be trying a mid-course correction.

Commentary: The Futility Of Arguing With Donald Trump Fans

March 21, 2016
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd after speaking at a campaign rally Saturday in Tucson, Ariz. (Ross D. Franklin/AP)

Todd Domke offers some of the anti-Trump arguments routinely ignored or rebutted by Trump supporters.

Commentary: Who’s To Blame For ‘The Donald’?

March 10, 2016
Donald Trump speaking to a rally after winning the New Hampshire primary in February. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

WBUR political analyst Todd Domke takes a look at a range of suspects, from the Republican establishment and neoconservatives to President Obama and Trump supporters.

Commentary: Questions For Gov. Baker About Trump And The GOP

March 04, 2016
Gov. Charlie Baker at a campaign event with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie in New Hampshire in February, when Christie was still running for president. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Baker recently refused to answer reporters’ questions about the state of his party, but he’s have to address some of them eventually, writes Republican analyst Todd Domke.

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