“Decision 2012” Election Panel: Wednesday, October 31st- STORM CANCELLATION

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On Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, The Common Good presents “Decision 2012”  Election Panel. Top political analysts will handicap the possible winners and losers in the momentous elections for the White House, Congress and Senate.

The “Decision 2012” Election Panel is a breakfast event and will feature:

Charlie Cook – Political analyst, editor and publisher of  The Cook Political Report.
Patrick Caddell – Former Presidential pollster & strategist, Fox News commentator
Keli Goff – Political analyst & commentator (CNN, Fox, CBC, MSNBC)

“Decision 2012” Election Panel will be moderated by noted political writer and commentator, Ari Melber

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Charlie Cook of The Cook Political ReportCharlie Cook is editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and a political analyst for NBC News and National Journal, where he writes a twice weekly column. Charlie is considered one of the nation’s leading authorities on American politics and U.S. elections. In 2010, Charlie was a co-recipient of the American Political Science Association’s prestigious Carey McWilliams award to honor “a major journalistic contribution to our understanding of politics.”

Charlie founded the Cook Political Report in 1984 and became a columnist for Roll Call, the newspaper of Capitol Hill, in 1986. In 1998 he moved his column to National Journal. Charlie has been an election night analyst for CNN and CBS News and since 1994 for NBC News. He has appeared on all three major broadcast networks evening news programs and is a frequent guest on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

“There are political junkies, and then there’s Charlie Cook — the man who knows more about everything political than anyone else.”
-The Washingtonian

The New York Times has called Charlie “one of the best political handicappers in the nation” and has said the Cook Political Report is “a newsletter which both parties regard as authoritative.” The late David Broder wrote in the Washington Post that Charlie was “perhaps the best non-partisan tracker of Congressional races,” while CBS News’ Bob Schieffer called the Cook Political Report, “the bible of the political community.”


Patrick Caddell - Political Commentator, will be on The Common Good's 2012 ELECTION PANELNo stranger to controversy or the highest rungs of government and influence in the nation, Patrick Caddell has been an advisor at the pinnacle of power among Democrats but now writes opinion pieces and makes commentary for Fox News and the right wing media.   Caddell has served as lead pollster and strategist for many Democratic presidential candidates.   He was known as the “boy wonder”  pollster of the George McGovern presidential campaign in 1972; he was regaled for having helped steer Jimmy Carter to victory in 1976 and then was a lightning rod for criticism for elements of Carter’s campaign in 1980.  He went on to serve in top senior advisory positions for the presidential campaigns for Gary Hart in 1984, Joe Biden in 1988 and Jerry Brown in 1992.  But in recent years he has been highly critical of the Democratic Party and its candidates.

Caddell is a regular guest on the Fox News Channel, where he also shoots a weekly online show, “Campaign Insiders.”   This has earned him the label of a “Fox News Democrat” by critics such as liberal opinion magazine Salon.com.

Caddell has also served as a consultant to various movies and television shows, most notably the movies Running Mates, Air Force One, Outbreak, In the Line of Fire, and the serial drama, The West Wing.


Kelli Goff, a member of our Election 2012 Panel“A breath of fresh air” is how viewers describe blogger, author and political analyst Keli Goff. Since emerging as one of the most popular political commentators of the 2008 election, Keli has appeared on more than 100 national and international news programs including: “The CBS Early Show,” CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360,” “The Joy Behar Show,” FOX News Channel’s “Fox and Friends,” BET’s “The Truth with Jeff Johnson,” for which she was a contributor, and MSNBC’s “The Dylan Ratigan Show” where she had a weekly segment. Keli is the author of the novelThe GQ Candidate (Atria, hardcover July 2011/paperback June 2012), which was designated a recommended summer selection by The Los Angeles Times and MORE Magazine.

Recently named a political correspondent for TheRoot.com, Keli previously served as a Contributing Editor for Loop21.com. Called “one of the most provocative political bloggers in the country” by the Philadelphia Tribune, Keli’s work has regularly appeared on the homepage of the Huffington Post where she is also a Contributor.


Ari Melber will moderate The Common Good's 2012 ELECTIONS PANELAri Melber is an attorney, television commentator and a correspondent for The Nation magazine, the oldest political weekly in America.

As a commentator on public affairs, Melber frequently appears on national television, including CNBC, C-SPAN, MSNBC and NBC; his views have been quoted by publications such as The Washington Post, The New York Times and Time; his reporting has been cited in over 20 nonfiction books; and he has been a featured speaker at Harvard, Oxford, Yale, Columbia and NYU, among other institutions.

Melber has contributed chapters to the books “America Now,” (St. Martins, 2009) and “At Issue: Affirmative Action,” (Cengage, 2009), and he authored “The Permanent Field Campaign in a Digital Age” (techPresident, 2010), a 74-page special report about Organizing for America.

During the 2008 presidential election, Melber traveled with the Obama Campaign on special assignment for The Washington Independent. Previously, he served as a Legislative Aide in the U.S. Senate and as a national staff member of the 2004 John Kerry Presidential Campaign.

Melber received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor and a J.D. from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor of the Cornell Journal of Law and Public Policy. He is a member of the New York Bar and the American Constitution Society.