Late last year, George Conway, a prominent Washington DC lawyer, decided he had enough. Over the prior couple of years Conway felt the president had way too many tirades. Conway also was responding to the president’s myriad of attacks on Twitter. Conway, a lifelong Republican and a partner at one of the world’s most prestigious law firms, felt his party’s future was in grave danger, especially in the aftermath of the president’s messages, which he believed were toxic, and a rapidly changing American landscape.
Conway and a group of other prominent Republicans—Steve Schmidt, Rick Wilson, and others who had served under President George W. Bush or other Republican leaders such as Mitt Romney and the late John McCain—got together to launch the Lincoln Project. Conway, in particular, has more at stake. He introduced his wife, Kellyanne, to the president, who hired her in a senior role.
The Lincoln Project has over 1 million followers on Twitter and they have successfully communicated their message by producing impactful ads, often using the president’s words against him.
But the larger question remains: What is the future of American Conservatism after this president? After all, a majority of Americans support universal healthcare—especially in light of the pandemic—and hold liberal views on many cultural issues.
To gain these insights, we have invited two co-founders of the Lincoln Project, George Conway and Steve Schmidt. Also joining the discussion will be former Missouri Senator Claire McCaskill, who will share her insights about the vibrancy and necessity of the two-party system. Our discussion will be multidimensional and illuminating. Please join us for this conversation.
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Co-Founder, The Lincoln Project
George Conway is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He has practiced law for 30 years and is a Washington Post contributing columnist. In 2018 Conway expressed concern with the Trump administration’s actions, launching him into the broader conversation. Today, Conway remains a vocal critic of the Trump administration and the GOP. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Yale Law School.
Co-Founder, The Lincoln Project
Steve Schmidt is a co-founder of The Lincoln Project. He’s a communications and public affairs strategist. He has worked on numerous Republican campaigns including, President George W. Bush, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, and Senator John McCain. Today, Schmidt is an MSNBC political analyst appearing frequently on the network. Schmidt holds a degree from the University of Delaware.
Political Analyst, NBC and WNBC
Claire McCaskill is a former Democratic senator from Missouri (’07 – ’19). She is a fourth-generation Missourian who has spent her entire life in the Show-Me State. McCaskill attended the University of Missouri, where she completed her Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1975 and Juris Doctorate in 1978.
Following college, worked as a prosecutor. In 1982, she assumed office as a member of the Missouri House of Representatives, serving until 1988. In 1993, McCaskill became the first female prosecutor for Jackson County, the state’s largest prosecutor’s office. From 1999-2006, she served as the state auditor of Missouri.
Founder and CEO, Transformative.io
Michael Moran is an internationally respected geostrategist, author and political analyst whose work has transformed the public-facing brands, media strategies and organizational structures of some of the world’s leading financial, media and policy institutions.
As CEO and Chief Strategy Officer at Transformative.io, Mike leads a world-class team of sectoral and subject matter experts whose work focuses on the nexus of thought leadership and business environment forecasting – a skill set perfectly suited to the volatile and dynamic environment of the 21st century.
Moran and the Transformative team provide actionable intelligence and market strategy for some of the world’s leading organizations. His work in risk consulting, digital strategy, policy analysis and thought leadership has won awards for excellence and innovation around the world.
Moran began his career as a journalist, and in the course of a 20-year career as NBC News, the BBC World Service, Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty and other outlets, he won awards for innovation, excellence and public service. In 1996, he was part of the launch team of MSNBC.com, the joint venture between Microsoft and NBC News.
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