Ideas. Action. Results.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

All panels were held in the Kendall Cram Lecture Hall in Tulane University’s Lavin-Bernick Center (LBC #213).

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Opening Remarks

10:00AM – 10:30AM

James Carville, Mary Matalin, BPC President Jason Grumet and Tulane University President Scott Cowen

What Happened? Analyzing the Election

10:30AM – 11:45AM


View Whit Ayres’ presentation slides l View Stan Greenberg’s presentation slides


  • 10:30-10:45AM: Presentation of New Poll Results

    Featuring Whit Ayres, Stan Greenberg and James Carville

  • 10:45-11:45AM: Panel Discussion

    Featuring : Whit Ayres, Stan Greenberg, Charles Mahtesian, Kiki McLean, Brett O’Donnell and Governor Ted Strickland

    Moderator: Ron Elving

Just one week after the most expensive and competitively fought presidential and congressional election in modern American history, our pundits, politicos, and panelists take a retroactive look at Campaign 2012. With their sharp wit and real data, straight from polling the battleground states and the heartland, we go “into the numbers” with an analysis of the results. We’ll look at the major themes that dominated the campaign, the money spent and the role played by the Super PACs, the negative campaign tactics, and examine the new make-up of the next Congress. This panel will explore the background of these freshly-elected members and delve into the potential for bipartisan reform on everything from the debt to health care, housing to education, and foreign policy to energy.


11:45 – 12:00PM

Qatar Ballroom (LBC #212)

Now We Govern: Transitioning from the Campaign to Office

12:00 – 1:00PM

Featuring: Maria Cardona, Brendan Daly, Sara Taylor Fagen, Secretary Dan Glickman, Trey Grayson and Senator Trent Lott

Moderator: John Avlon

The uniqueness of our democratic process is our historical ability to transfer power peacefully. With such divisive campaign rhetoric behind the candidates and the country today, how can the work of governing successfully begin? What hard feelings and hold-over from negative campaigning will impede this progress? If campaigning is about highlighting differences, governing should, in turn, be about finding ways to work together. This panel will address the obstacles to a successful transition of power and the key issues that prevent compromise. Additionally, we’ll discuss the importance of the preparation of the President’s Inaugural Address and first State of the Union Address, and what to expect in the highly touted “First 100 Days.”

The Politics of Persuasion: The Methods of Media Messaging

1:00PM – 2:00PM

Featuring: Katie Harbath, John Heilemann, Margaret Hoover, Adam Sharp and John Stanton

Moderator: Jonathan Capehart

Social media is now a necessity for both campaigning and governing. The ability to deliver messages succinctly in 140 characters or less is imperative for connecting with a new audience and new generation that receives its real-time news from electronic devices. With a 24-hour news cycle in play and a host of constant messaging – from all sources, at all angles – the methods of persuading the voter, the constituent, and the congressional colleague have all changed. How will this new congress adapt to the ever changing world of new media? This panel will discuss the successful tactics deployed to promote messaging through portals such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, as well as assess the risks. With blurred lines between media and entertainment, “rapid response” takes on a new meaning; fact checking and rhetoric is not always properly vetted. This panel will explore the methods and messages of today’s new media, for better or for worse, in the democratic process.

2:00PM: Pizza is served

Qatar Ballroom (LBC #212)

View from the Boardroom

2:00PM – 2:30PM

Featuring: Senator Robert Bennett, Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Tom Fanning and PG&E President Chris Johns

Moderator: John Harwood

In the first months of the next administration and Congress, the looming fiscal cliff and debt ceiling crises will add to the economic challenges America already faces. This panel will feature leading and former presidents and CEOs discussing how private industry can engage with the public sector in restoring America’s fiscal health, and how business can take a leadership role in economic recovery.

“On the Trail” A Presentation of Campaign Photography

2:30PM – 3:15PM

Featuring: Samantha Appleton and Melina Mara

Moderator: Eileen McMenamin

Entergy Lightning Round with James and Mary

3:15PM – 3:45PM

Featuring: James Carville and Mary Matalin

Moderator: BPC President Jason Grumet

Followed by Election Prediction Ballot winner announcement and closing remarks by BPC President Jason Grumet