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That Trippi Show

If you're looking for someone who actually knows how presidential and national politics works to explain what's going on in 30 minutes or less, this is the show for you. Joe Trippi is a longtime Democratic campaign manager who ran the progressive Howard Dean presidential campaign in 2004 and the historic Doug Jones Senate campaign to defeat Roy Moore in 2017. He's seen it all and isn't bogged down by the viral tweets or hot takes du jour. He's looking past the headlines to answer the questions that matter: How do Democrats win key races moving forward?
That Trippi Show
"It will be hand-to-hand combat"
Another wild week in the GOP may have far-reaching consequences beyond just the hand-to-hand combat for speaker. Joe and Alex welcome back Trygve Olson to discuss why "don't negotiate with terrorists" may not apply to Kevin McCarthy, who may be the first hostage elected Speaker of the House in history (if he even makes it that far). And why the whole Trump-Fuentes-Ye fiasco might have bigger negative implications for voters than the larger media narrative assumes. Plus: Why we may have a bigger opportunity to drive people off of Trump and Trumpists coming into 2024. And why Joe actually quoted Newt Gingrich... praising Biden? Read Isaac Chotiner's piece in the New Yorker here:
December 2, 2022
That Trippi Show
"Republicans are on the verge of losing this generation forever"
On a special guest episode of That Trippi Show, author and director of polling at the Harvard Institute of Politics, John Della Volpe, joins Joe and Alex to discuss one of the most impactful trends in politics -- growing engagement among young voters. What changed in 2018 that John and Joe see continuing through 2022 and beyond? And why John thinks Democrats might be winning the long-term battle for young voters -- and locking in gains for decades. What policies and tactics should campaigns follow to win young voters? (Hint: It's all about the relationships, not the transactions).
November 25, 2022
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"They did their own research"
Joe and Alex are joined by TargetSmart CEO Tom Bonier and Simon Rosenberg to break down what we actually saw in the 2022 midterms. How did a new tool help crush the narrative of the Red Mirage? And why did the media stay so locked in on the Red Wave idea? (They did their own research!) Turns out hopium on our side was more like... copium from theirs. How bad was the MAGA hangover? And what's the future of the Democratic coalition - why does it all come back to Arizona? Finally - a quick look at Georgia. How do we see the runoff shaping up?
November 18, 2022
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What red wave?
What red wave? Not this time. Joe and Alex break down a historic night for Democrats - but if you've listened to the show, you knew this was coming all along. What happened in some of the key states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, and others? And a surprise race in Colorado that (almost) no one saw coming. And why does Joe think young voter turnout might have lasting consequences for decades?
November 11, 2022
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"No stone unturned. Fight till the end."
Joe and Alex discuss what the final weekend of a campaign is like - and why they find themselves knocking doors, not in a studio, in the final days. What's the final weekend like for campaign staff? Can a campaign turn things around so late? Why is Trump in Iowa this week - and why that could be a bad sign for Chuck Grassley. Plus, a sign Democrats may be optimistic about Election Day turnout.
November 5, 2022
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"The most dangerous man ever to be on a ballot" - Nevada Deep Dive with Jon Ralston
Jon Ralston - Founder and CEO of the Nevada Independent, joins the show to talk Nevada in the final Deep Dive of election season! Nobody knows Nevada data better than Jon - what are the key counties he thinks will decide the election in Nevada? What is Jon seeing from the early vote that might be the "canary in the coal mine" for Democrats? What do Democrats need from the Clark County "firewall" to be confident on Election Day? And which GOP candidate does Jon think is "the most dangerous man ever to be on a ballot?"
November 1, 2022
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107,000 "just found" voter registrations... seriously
Fresh off his Iowa trip, Joe reports back on a few days of canvassing the state - what has Iowa Democrats really energized? Joe and Alex catch up on all the good news for Democrats this week - economic numbers, encouraging polling, and more. And what's Joe's unvarnished take on the Pennsylvania debate? Did it even matter? Plus, 107,000 "found" voter registrations in Virginia... wait, what?
October 28, 2022
That Trippi Show
Iowa Deep Dive: "It's not what happens on tv, it's what happens in people's living rooms"
A special Deep Dive episode from Iowa with special guest... Joe Trippi! Joe's in Iowa for the final push -- what's his take on how things are going in the Hawkeye State? And new data from the "Bible" of Iowa polling that shows Chuck Grassley may be in trouble - and two close races for the House. What makes Iowa different? And how do you win it? Plus - a quick look at some new national polling that's all good news for some key Democrats.
October 25, 2022
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"The biggest geographic transformation in American politics in the last 50 years"
We've got real numbers to talk about. Early voting returns are starting to come in from key states -- which numbers really matter? We asked Simon Rosenberg to come back and give his take. What numbers have us encouraged in some key battleground states? Plus, Simon gives his three reasons why early voting is the most important thing you can do this election cycle. And is there a wild card nobody is seeing? Why might we be seeing a positive swing in Nevada and the Southwest? Plus: Why has the Democratic strategy with one key group "reshaped politics"?
October 21, 2022
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Wisconsin Deep Dive: "It's all smart-bomb level"
On this week's Tuesday Deep Dive podcast, Trygve Olson and Paul Maslin rejoin the show to talk Wisconsin -- how do they see the two high-profile statewide matchups? What can Mandela Barnes and Tony Evers do to win? How do they reach key voters in border areas where TV can get expensive? What are the key areas we should look for as results come in? And we ask both to zoom out and explain why races are compressing everywhere. Watch out... on Election Night it could get weird for some longtime incumbent Republican Senators... Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 18, 2022
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The one thing that could decide the whole election
Joe and Alex discuss why this week's new polling from Georgia really matters. What's under the hood that has Joe thinking Herschel Walker continues to be in a world of hurt? What's the latest in the fight for the House - and Joe gets into the one thing he thinks is going to decide the midterms. Also, how should a campaign capitalize on a viral debate moment like Tim Ryan's takedown of JD Vance? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 14, 2022
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"A field of crazy, crazier, and craziest"
This week, our Tuesday Deep Dive podcast heads to Michigan - featuring two of our old friends, Jeff Timmer and Amy Chapman. Jeff and Amy know Michigan better than anyone -- Joe and Alex get their take on the races that matter in Michigan. Just how crazy is the Republican field? What other�races besides the Big 3 statewides could matter just as much? And what kind of performance do down ballot Democrats need from Governor Whitmer to win a state Senate majority and flip a GOP-held House seat? And how do we guard against the Red Mirage? Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 11, 2022
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"Politically, Herschel Walker should be lying by the side of the road and other zombie least 299 of them.
We're up to 299 MAGA cult election deniers running for office. How many of them can we beat? Joe and Alex discuss the races that may decide the balance of power in the House. And as Mitch McConnell said... there's plenty of other "candidate quality" problems to get into with Herschel Walker's latest scandals. And don't ask Dr. Oz to dog-sit. And what does this mean for 2024 and beyond?  Show Notes: Where Republican Election Deniers Are On The Ballot Near You Learn more about your ad choices. Visit
October 7, 2022

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