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Matthew Dowd
During the past twenty-five years, Matthew Dowd has helped shape strategies and campaigns for CEOs, corporations, foundations, governments, candidates, and presidents. He is a founding partner of ViaNovo, an international brand positioning firm.

Matthew’s recent political work includes serving as the Chief Strategist on two winning reelection efforts – for Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2006 and for President George W. Bush in 2004. His innovative approach on the 2004 and 2000 campaigns led the bi-partisan American Association of Political Consultants to name him Strategist of the Year.

In the 1990s, Matthew was President and founding partner of Public Strategies, Inc, an international public affairs firm. While at PSI, Matthew advised a wide variety of corporate clients and helped former Democrat Texas Lieutenant Governor Bob Bullock win election and re-election. He began his career as a member of Democrat U.S. Senator Lloyd Bentsen's staff.

A contributor to many news outlets, Matthew teaches at the University of Texas’ LBJ School of Public Affairs.

He is co-author of the New York Times bestseller Applebee’s America: How Successful Political, Business and Religious Leaders Connect with the New American Community.

Entries by Matthew Dowd

Turning the Heat Down After Ferguson

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 3:46 PM

I was born in Detroit the third of eleven children in an Irish Catholic family to a father who worked in the auto industry and to a mom who was a public school teacher, and both of whom graduated from the University of Detroit.

Not long before the riots...

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Voters Look for Community Not Self Interest

(0) Comments | Posted December 3, 2014 | 2:59 PM

After every election there is a discussion from analysts concerning their confusion of why voters would vote against their self-interest. Democrats and liberals lament the fact that white working-class voters, especially males, vote overwhelmingly Republican, which they perceive as a vote against their own self-interests. The...

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How to Fix America's Still-Existing Sexism Dynamic

(0) Comments | Posted November 24, 2014 | 9:14 PM

For how far men and women have come through the years, we are still a culture where many are trapped in old models and ways. The tragic circumstances surrounding cultural icon Bill Cosby and those who have come forward to accuse Cosby of sexual abuse puts such a highlight on...

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Did Bush, Obama Squander Their Presidencies?

(17) Comments | Posted November 22, 2014 | 10:34 AM

A few weeks ago I wrote in a column that "Election Day once again showed that our political system is broken -- voters went to the polls, sent a message, and then leaders will in the days and months ahead ignore what the public was trying...

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From Jonathan Gruber to Kim Kardashian: Why American Leadership Is Broken

(0) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 3:24 PM

Kim Kardashian's break-the-Internet nude photos, Jonathan Gruber's outrageous statements on getting Obamacare passed and Sen. Mary Landrieu's speech on the Senate floor on the Keystone XL pipeline made for an interesting week in America, with the seemingly mixed events all clearly pointing to...

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Can You Hear Us Now? Yeah, It's America Calling.

(4) Comments | Posted November 12, 2014 | 9:22 AM

Unlike the crystal-clear mobile connection in the famous Verizon ad, it seems the phone line between politicians and the American public is broken. As Election Day exit polls showed, voters are more frustrated, more disappointed, and more discouraged than ever. And it's easy to see why. Most contests were heavy...

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4-Corner Offense: A Path to Victory in 2014

(0) Comments | Posted October 27, 2014 | 12:48 PM

Back in the day (or before the shot clock), some men's basketball teams, with little talent facing long odds, were able to pull off surprising upsets and keep many games close against much stronger and talented college squads. How did they do this? By employing the four-corner strategy.


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Success and Fun: The Bradlee Effect

(0) Comments | Posted October 23, 2014 | 3:11 PM

Reflecting on the life and death of Ben Bradlee, the beloved former editor of the Washington Post, caused me to again see the immense power of fun.

I only met Bradlee a couple of times in social settings, but you could feel his exuberance right...

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Ebola: A Virus to Make Leaders Healthy

(1) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:01 PM

Let us pause and reflect on the beauty and power of a contagion like Ebola. Before you just say Dowd is insane or making some sick joke, stick with me here while I try to explain how a terrible deadly virus like Ebola might be able to...

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Leadership Found in Discipline and Detours

(2) Comments | Posted October 8, 2014 | 5:32 PM

When asked why he didn't pitch Al Alburquerque in relief last week in the eighth inning instead of Joba Chamberlain, who for the second night in a row was batted around by the Orioles lineup, Detroit Tigers rookie manager Brad Ausmus, to...

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Why Americans View a Growing Economy With Growing Unrest

(31) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 8:38 PM

The stock market recently hit record highs, unemployment has dropped significantly in the last few years, and GDP growth has been strong lately, so do Americans react to this seeming economic "boom" by singing the song from the Lego movie, "Everything is Awesome"? Hardly, and...

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God Bless America: Let's Debate Acts of War

(6) Comments | Posted September 25, 2014 | 5:28 PM

As I looked this morning at my bookshelf as the sun rose over the landscape of Central Texas I noticed two items stood side by side, the Bible and the United States Constitution. It made me pause and ponder recent events, and I came...

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Sacking Another Myth: The NFL and Goodell

(0) Comments | Posted September 22, 2014 | 10:08 PM

Some myths and legends represent deeper truths about our lives and the world in a way that brings us closer to each other and to where we all want to go; other myths take us further from the truth and get in the way of seeing reality or confusing us...

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Authenticity Amid Anxiety: 5 Wedding Guideposts

(0) Comments | Posted September 9, 2014 | 9:17 PM

I asked my son, Daniel Dowd, and my daughter-in-law, Rebecca Carton, on their first anniversary to give a reflection on weddings and what they learned along the way. They came up with five pillars in protecting their union.

Rebecca: Marriage was never something I thought about when I was growing...

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Invisible Fences of Our Lives and Politics

(0) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 1:42 PM

Sitting on a rocker on the front porch of my older brother's house in Michigan, smoking a cigar, watching his dogs play (the size of which might cause you to confuse them with small horses) as the summer sun set over the tall pines, I was struck by something.


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Invisible Fences of Our Lives and Politics

(0) Comments | Posted September 1, 2014 | 1:35 PM

Sitting on a rocker on the front porch of my older brother's house in Michigan, smoking a cigar, watching his dogs play (the size of which might cause you to confuse them with small horses) as the summer sun set over the tall pines, I was struck by something.


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Searching for a Hero/Villain to Unite America

(0) Comments | Posted August 25, 2014 | 1:37 PM

"Two kingdoms. ... Only a great hero or a terrible villain might bring them together."

This weekend, I took my daughter to the wonderful Disney movie "Maleficent," produced by ABC News' parent company, and enjoyed it thoroughly, but the line above struck me and it made me think about America...

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Principles in the Paradox: United States Foreign Policy

(1) Comments | Posted August 13, 2014 | 5:01 PM

"Don't do stupid s***." I have said this to my three boys when they were going out for the weekend in high school, but there is a different context for this slogan.

This supposedly is a premise upon which the Obama administration bases much of its foreign policy. And...

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When Government Gets Bogged Down in Vitriol

(0) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 5:44 PM

Driving this week along the winding coast of Maine, and taking time to walk the rocky shore as the sun set over the hills and pines, I was struck by the contrast of the beauty of our country and its people, and the ugly and divisive politics that confront us...

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The Confusing Case of Bowe Bergdahl

(0) Comments | Posted June 2, 2014 | 8:09 PM

I am very confused by the Bowe Bergdahl prisoner swap deal just brokered by the White House.

Let me see if I can get this straight with what I know: We send soldiers into battle (my oldest son served in the Army for five years and was deployed in Iraq...

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