Monday, December 13, 2004

Updated December 13, 2004 at 6:25 pm
A “Public Affairs,” classic from the Public Affairs lockbox. Pete Giangreco tangles and spars with Berkowitz tonight [8:30 pm, Comcast Cable] and this week in the suburbs [See, below, for a detailed airing schedule]. 2002 Republican U. S. Senate nominee Jim Durkin tangles and spars with Berkowitz tonight [8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 21] in the City of Chicago. The man is in two places at one time. [See blog entry, below, dated Dec. 13 at 12:15 am] for more details and a partial transcript].
This week’s suburban edition and next Monday night’s City of Chicago edition [Dec. 20 8:30 pm, Cable Ch. 21] of “Public Affairs,” features Pete Giangreco, Democratic Campaign Consultant and Partner, Strategy Group, in an encore performance by Pete.
Jeff Berkowitz: Bush won 31 states, Kerry won 19 and DC- and of those that Bush won… (10% or 11% or less [of a margin of victory in a state]-- if that is the margin, the state is competitive), 21 of those [31 Bush] states are states in which Kerry-Edwards were not competitive.

Pete Giangreco: Right.

Berkowitz: So, you have a great many states in which it is not that it is not close, it is that it is not even to the point where you could think that the Democrats could win—we are talking about the South and the Southwest.

Giangreco: But, you have a lot more people who live in the non-competitive Blue [Democrat] states…and that is one of the reasons why I think the Electoral College gives an unfair advantage to the Republicans—

Berkowitz: But, it is not going to change… [and] of the 19 states that Kerry-Edwards won, only six of those are states for which Bush-Cheney were not competitive, so I mean-- is there a structural problem here [for the Democrats]?
Giangreco: …the key thing is- we can no longer, as a party, we never really could—this fallacy that the Democrats can win [the Presidency] and lose every single Southern state, it makes the- your numbers are exactly right- you have to thread the needle, you have to win like almost every state in the mid-west and the north.

Berkowitz: Your view is-- to get back to the south-- they need a southern candidate. Is that right?

Giangreco: Yeah, I mean-

Berkowitz: So, you are running for ’08 and your candidate is John Edwards?

Giangreco: I think somebody like John Edwards or Bill Clinton, somebody who not only comes from the south, but more importantly doesn’t come from-- isn’t perceived to be one of these coastal, you know, California/New York elitists, who talk down to people and I think that is key- John Edwards all along had this message about the two Americas…and I think that is really the key message… [See blog entry, below, dated Nov. 29, 1:20 pm for an additional transcript of the show and more discussion of related topics].
Pete Giangreco debates and discusses with Show Host and Executive Legal Recruiter Jeff Berkowitz why John Kerry and the Democrats lost the presidential election; which alternative Democratic Presidential candidate might have won; the impact, if any, of the Veep candidates; which substantive issues were most important to the voters; strategic or structural issues that may need to be addressed by the Democrats to win the Presidency in the future; and the key 2004 U. S. Senate races.
Pete Giangreco is a Democratic Campaign Consultant and partner at the Strategy Group ( Among many other campaigns (including that of U. S. Senator-Elect Barack Obama and Governor Blagojevich), Pete Giangreco has been involved in the last six Presidential elections on behalf of Democratic Candidates.
The suburban edition of "Public Affairs," is regularly broadcast every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:30 pm on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Bannockburn, Deerfield, Ft. Sheridan, Glencoe, Highland Park, Highwood, Kenilworth, Lincolnshire, Riverwoods and Winnetka.

The suburban edition also is broadcast every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 19 in Buffalo Grove, Elk Grove Village, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Morton Grove, Niles, Northfield, Palatine, Rolling Meadows and Wilmette and every Tuesday night at 8:30 p.m. on Comcast Cable Channel 35 in Arlington Heights, Bartlett, Glenview, Golf, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Mt. Prospect, Northbrook, Park Ridge, Prospect Heights, Schaumburg, Skokie, Streamwood and Wheeling.
The City edition of Public Affairs airs throughout the City of Chicago every Monday night at 8:30 on Cable Ch. 21 [CANTV]. Tonight’s show is with Once and perhaps future Statewide Candidate, Jim Durkin.
Jeff Berkowitz, Host and Producer of Public Affairs and an Executive Recruiter doing Legal Search, can be reached at