Events

Saturday, April 26, 2019 @ 3pm

The German Marshall Fund of the United States
Author Talk + Q&A
1744 R Street NW, Washington, DC 20009

Friday, April 26, 2019 @ 10am

The Aspen Institute
Author Talk + Q&A
2300 N Street, NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC

Sunday, April 14, 2019 @ 1pm

Politics and Prose Bookstore
Author Talk + Q&A
5015 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20008

Press

The Washington Post: Obama without Obama-ism: 2020 Democrats embrace the ex-president but not his policies

May 24, 2019
Reed Hundt, who served on Obama’s transition team, said Obama’s failure to enact the sweeping change that voters craved left an opening for Trump to frame himself as a change agent. The candidates are signaling they won’t repeat that mistake, he said. READ MORE

Jacobin Review: How Obama Failed

May 23, 2019
“But Hundt’s book is heartening because it shows that doubts are emerging about the fairy-tales the Democratic establishment has been telling itself. While Hundt’s arguments are hardly radical, it’s hard to imagine a top Democratic insider railing against the “neoliberals” of the Obama administration before Hillary Clinton’s 2016 defeat. We can’t know when the dam will finally burst, but another dent is always welcome.” READ MORE

ProMarket Blog: When American Capitalism Meant Equality

May 14, 2019
In 2008, we faced an earth-shattering financial crisis. More than anything, this crisis structured how Americans consider their economic system. As former Clinton official Reed Hundt recently observed, President Barack Obama and his advisors missed the opportunity the crisis presented to reorder social priorities. READ MORE

The Week: Democrats need to get over their Obama nostalgia

May 1, 2019
As major Democratic donor and former FCC chairman Reed Hundt writes in A Crisis Wasted, in 2008 it was clear the country required a drastic, fundamental overhaul to repair the damage done by four decades of neoliberal devastation. READ MORE

Boston Review: Obama’s Original Sin 

April 23, 2019
“It is a rich and frustrating experience re-living these contentious discussions, and in relating them, Hundt shines. He lets his sources speak for themselves, differing sometimes not only on what they say should have happened, but on what they say did happen.” READ MORE

PODCAST: Grubstakers interview with Reed Hundt

April 23, 2019
For this episode we interviewed Reed Hundt, former FCC chairman and author of the new book “A Crisis Wasted: Barack Obama’s Defining Decisions.” Hear about his role in the Obama transition and the things he wishes he had told the 44th president to do differently. He shares an insider’s perspective and his book brings a fly on the wall view to how many of Obama’s early decisions were made and how they ultimately contributed to the election of Donald Trump. LISTEN HERE

VIDEO: 2020 ‘entirely’ about whether Dems win back middle class

April 10, 2019
Hundt, who served as Federal Communications Commission chairman under President Clinton, said that if Democrats want to have a chance of beating Trump in 2020, they should avoid neoliberalism, a term generally used to refer to ideology that favors free-market capitalism. READ MORE

Real Clear Policy Op-Ed: When the Next Big One Hits

April 3, 2019
Unemployment is two points below the average of my entire life span. Housing prices continue to rise for the seventh straight year. For an incumbent president winning re-election next year should be a walk in the park. READ MORE…

The American Prosepect: Book Review

March 29, 2019
“A meticulous blow-by-blow reconstruction of Obama’s transition to power. [Reed Hundt] is asking the important questions. …[And] has a broader vision of what government could do…” —Simon Johnson for The American Prospect. READ MORE…

Plain Talk Podcast: Do we need the electoral college?

March 26, 2019
Reed Hundt, a Clinton appointee to the FCC, is working with Making Every Vote Countthese days and spoke to his organization’s desire to settle national elections based on the popular vote only. He doesn’t agree that the Electoral College protects the importance of rural, low population states like North Dakota. READ MORE…

TIME.com: ‘Jilted Battlegrounds.’ Could Former Swing States End the Electoral College?

March 22, 2019
Reed Hundt, head of the bipartisan Making Every Vote Count advocacy group, thinks the states that will put it over the top might instead come from a successful ballot measure driven by grassroots support. READ MORE…

Medium: Chronicles of Politics Foretold

March 15, 2019
Politics is always a reaction to something. No one campaigns on the promise to do nothing — everyone asks for votes in return for promising to fix what’s broken. READ MORE…

The Washington Post: The popular vote could decide the 2020 presidential election, if these states get their way

February 26, 2019
According to Hundt, who previously served as chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, for the first time in American history, in reasonably close, non-landslide elections, 1 in every 3 presidential candidates who wins the popular vote will lose the Electoral College. READ MORE…