The spring 2021 USC Dornsife Center for the Political Future (CPF) fellows joined CPF co-directors Bob Shrum and Mike Murphy to discuss the recent events at the U.S. Capitol, recap the inauguration and share their insights on the future of the country under a Biden administration. Featuring Barbara Comstock, former U.S. Representative (R-VA) and CPF spring 2021 fellow; Shaniqua McClendon, political director at Crooked Media and CPF spring 2021 fellow; and Todd S. Purdum, former New York Times reporter, staff writer at The Atlantic and CPF spring 2021 fellow.
Who Will Benefit
– Those looking to hear more about what to expect from the Biden administration
– Policy makers and journalists seeking insight into the 2022 midterms
– Those questioning if President Biden will receive the necessary cooperation from Republicans on issues such as COVID-19 relief
About Our Featured Faculty
Robert “Bob” Shrum is the director of the USC Center for the Political Future and the Carmen H. and Louis Warschaw Chair in Practical Politics at USC Dornsife. A legendary political strategist, he was described as “the most sought-after consultant in the Democratic Party,” by The Atlantic Monthly. He was the strategist in over 25 winning U.S. Senate campaigns, eight successful campaigns for governor, successful campaigns for mayors in major American cities, and numerous campaigns for Congress and other statewide offices. His numerous clients included Edward Kennedy, Joe Biden, John Glenn, and Barbara Mikulski, David Dinkins and Tom Bradley — and John Kerry and Al Gore in their presidential races. Overseas, his clients included Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak, the British Labour Party, the Prime Minister of Ireland, and the Presidents of Colombia and Bolivia.
Mike Murphy is the co-director of the USC Center for the Political Future. Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political media consultants, having handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful gubernatorial and senatorial campaigns. His record in helping Republicans win Democratic states is unmatched by any other GOP consultant. Murphy has been called a “media master” by Fortune magazine, the GOP’s “hottest media consultant” by Newsweek, and the leader of a “new breed” of campaign consultants by Congressional Quarterly. He is a widely known political pundit, appearing frequently on NBC, CNN and NPR. Previously, he served as a regular on the Meet the Press political roundtable and wrote the “Murphy’s Law” column for TIME Magazine.