David Litt on Reforming American Democracy (in one book or less)

David Litt on Reforming American Democracy (in one book or less)

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Mike talks with David Litt who, from 2011 to 2016, was a speechwriter for President Obama. Mr. Litt is also the New York Times bestselling author of the book Thanks Obama: My Hopey, Changey White House Years. His latest book is Democracy in One Book or Less: How It Works, Why It Doesn’t, and Why Fixing It Is Easier Than You Think, which they discuss on this episode.

Topics Mike & David cover include:

  • If Mitch McConnell’s “blatantly transactional” politics make him a good Majority Leader
  • The legally disenfranchised -former felons and non-citizen immigrants
  • The “unofficially disenfranchised”
  • Discouraged voters
  • Gerrymandering
  • The (not so) Great Compromise
  • Electoral College reform
  • Why Democrats are so much more intent on changing the rules than Republicans

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