The Strategists

The Strategists

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Stephen Carter was senior strategist to Naheed Nenshi and Alison Redford. Corey Hogan was senior strategist to a bunch of people who never reached notoriety. Today, both make their living providing strategic counsel. They’re here to talk politics. Zain Velji sets the questions and keeps them in line.
595: Creative Differences
Oct 3, 2016 • 59 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss the lessons learned from Donald Trump’s post debate meltdown. Is there a path forward for the GOP? Did Trump’s surrogates let him down on the tax return issue? And thanks. Zain Velji, as always, picks the…
594: #DebateNight 1: Trump Bombs
Sep 27, 2016 • 47 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss the first U.S. Presidential debate of the 2016 election. How did the candidates do? Where do the go from here? And does Sean Hannity have the temperament of a 400 pound birther? Zain Velji, as always, picks the…
593: The Softest Launch
Sep 22, 2016 • 64 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss Sandra Jansen’s potential leadership bid, the latest doings of the Liberal government and the upcoming US presidential debates. Is now the time for other candidates to jump into the race for PC leader? What would…
592: Full Disclosure
Sep 16, 2016 • 69 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss minimum wage, the Alberta PC leadership race and the recent missteps by candidates in the US. What are the impacts of Alberta raising the minimum wage? Is it a cause the federal government can embrace? And are…
590: A Fist in the Face
Aug 29, 2016 • 64 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss leadership rules through the prism of the Alberta PCs setting the stage for their contest. What’s fair in a leadership contest? How does the party establishment put its thumb on the scale? And how awful is the…
589: Bubblegum Governance
Aug 23, 2016 • 57 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan discuss the Liberal retreat, expense scandals and how the federal parties are preparing for the fall. What goes into planning a government retreat? Are lounge passes and limousines going to tarnish the Trudeau…
588: Alberta 2: Electric Boogaloo
Aug 17, 2016 • 68 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan check in on what’s happened in Alberta this summer, and the broader political lessons that can be learned from the same. Is Jason Kenney going to get into trouble for “double-dipping”? Was the NDP approach to campaign…
587: Ctrl-Alt-Del
Aug 9, 2016 • 69 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the Trump campaign’s attempt at a reboot. Can The Donald rebound? What’s are his pathways to victory? And, in the immortal words of Larry Heather, is this twilight for democracy? Zain Velji, as always, picks…
586: Balloons and Other Bounces
Aug 1, 2016 • 70 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the end of the DNC/#DemsInPhilly and the fallout from Trump’s no-good, very bad, horrible weekend. Is Donald Trump in the middle of a meltdown? Did the DNC deliver a message durable enough to take Clinton to…
585: DNC 2016: Fall Guy with a Parachute
Jul 26, 2016 • 65 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about #DNCleaks and the start of the Democratic Convention. Did Debbie Wasserman-Schultz need to resign? Did Bernie Sanders do what he needed to? And what time is nap time for the California delegation? Zain Velji,…
584: Make America Hate Again
Jul 22, 2016 • 55 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan deconstruct the end of the GOP Convention. Did Donald Trump do what he needed to with his speech? What should Hillary Clinton do to respond? And how long did it take the guys to break Godwin’s Law? Zain Velji, as always,…
583: “You like that story? I wrote it.”
Jul 19, 2016 • 59 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan give their assessment of the GOP convention in progress. How did the media jump on top of the Melania Trump’s plagarism so quickly? Are we heading towards a total convention disaster? And why did they call it Bartlett’s…
582: Berning Out
Jul 12, 2016 • 61 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan check in on the US political system before dropping some truth bombs about referenda. Did Bernie Sanders maximize his exit from the race? Can Donald Trump win with his current fundraising totals? And just how badly do…
581: Yes We Kenney
Jul 6, 2016 • 60 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about Jason Kenney’s jump to provincial politics. Can he win the Alberta PC leadership? Is this the political equivalent of a hostile takeover? And where can you buy a bunch of tiny Alberta flags? Zain Velji, as…
580: Brexit/Tying Your Head to an Anchor
Jun 24, 2016 • 43 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about Britain’s historic vote to leave the European Union. How did we get here? Is there anything the remain campaign could have done differently? And isn’t “emergency podcast” a contradiction in terms? Zain Velji,…
579: From Their Cold Dead Hands
Jun 14, 2016 • 70 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the fallout from Orlando, the American gun obsession and how history is written on the fly. Will Orlando finally force Americans to look at their blind support for gun ownership? Can we trust people to narrate…
578: What’s wrong with your caucus?
Jun 2, 2016 • 67 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the #CPC and #LPC conventions and the lessons to be learned from the Wildrose implosion in Alberta. Who “won” convention weekend? Is there any coming back once a caucus starts collapsing? And how big was…
577: Political and Medical Science Both Confirm Elbows Don’t Have Gates
May 25, 2016 • 54 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about how #Elbowgate, Hillary Clinton’s perfect storm and the art of political conventioneering. When elbows were thrown in the House of Commons, who won and who lost? Is Donald Trump going to pull off the greatest…
576: When Predictions Attack
May 16, 2016 • 59 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about how the Democrats and Republicans are uniting behind their respective candidates and how the Conservative and NDP leadership contests are kicking off. Can the GOP unite behind Trump? Are the Sandernistas…
575: The Strategy of Crisis
May 10, 2016 • 65 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan reveal the review contest winners (0:00) and then jump into the politics of the Fort McMurray fire (10:30). How is a politician supposed to act in a crisis? What’s the role of corporations and charities? And why do all…
574: Family is a Euphemism
May 3, 2016 • 54 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about PKP’s resignation and the polarization of American politics. What’s the proper way for a leader to resign? How will an election contest with the two least likeable candidates in American history play out? And…
573: California, Uber Allies
Apr 27, 2016 • 60 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the US primary end games and some minor scandals brewing at home. What’s the best way for Bernie Sanders to call it quits? Why does the Premier of BC get a salary from the BC Liberals? And has Corey ever…
572: “Don’t be a Semenko”
Apr 20, 2016 • 57 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the last week in politics. Would Mulcair have been able to stay on as leader if the NDP convention was in Toronto? Is it time for Bernie Sanders to call it quits? And did Ric McIver lose his mind or only his…
571: Alberta Budget 2016: Governmentinaction
Apr 15, 2016 • 59 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the Alberta budget. Did it do what it needed to do? Were there any missed opportunities? And how much of this can be laid at the feet of Stephen Carter? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps…
570: The NDP’s Big Leap
Apr 11, 2016 • 55 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the NDP federal convention in Edmonton. Does the Leap Manifesto doom the party? What’s to be made of Mulcair’s 48% support level? And how much carbon did this conversation use up? Zain Velji, as always, picks…
569: “Joe Clark, you idiot.”
Apr 4, 2016 • 62 min
In a Saskatchewan election special Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk Trump, Cruz, Sanders, Clinton, contested conventions, open membership, federal budgets, Mulcair’s leadership, Alberta PCs, Wisconsin predictions and Trudeau’s PR machine. Zain…
568: Missouri Loves Company
Mar 14, 2016 • 67 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan preview Super Tuesday III, Trudeau’s DC visit and controversy in Alberta. What would you do if you were one of the non-Trump candidates? What ails the conservative movement? And can any of The Strategists believe…
567: Don’t Buy that Jam
Mar 3, 2016 • 56 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the rise of Donald Trump. Can he be stopped? Will the Republican Party splinter? And back at home, did the First Ministers talk about building a border wall that America pays for? Zain Velji, as always, picks…
566: Death of a Scalesman
Feb 17, 2016 • 52 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the death of Scalia and the birth of Trudeau’s government. Will stopping Obama’s nominee backfire on the GOP? Is Justin Trudeau breaking too many promises? And if Ezra Levant knocked on your door, would YOU…
565: Chess, Checkers or Whack-A-Mole
Feb 10, 2016 • 49 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the lessons we learned in New Hampshire. Is the establishment dead? Are there take-aways that apply to politics in Canada? And will a magical cricket ever turn Marco Rubio into a real boy? Zain Velji, as…
564: Iowa Jima
Feb 2, 2016 • 47 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about political momentum and Iowa caucuses before a hard pivot to equalization payments. When is victory contextual? How much can you control the context? And who has the more on-point but off-topic rant - Stephen…
563: Pick a Different Brand of Crazy
Jan 14, 2016 • 46 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the ascent of extreme candidates with big ideas. Is this phenomenom the new normal? Will all of our future politicians look like Sanders, Trump or Kevin O’Leary? And is Stephen Carter about to run for leader…
562: Take Home the Liberals, Wake Up With An STV
Jan 5, 2016 • 55 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the Liberal plans to introduce a new voting system. How would proportional representation or single transferrable vote impact election outcomes? Who wins if the decision goes to a referendum? And how long will…
561: The Law of Unintended Consequences
Dec 22, 2015 • 50 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about political parties that have made decisions that come back to haunt them. Did the Republican Party dig their own grave? Will Justin Trudeau’s campaign promises ultimately bury him? And is Stephen Carter single…
560: The Virtue of Obstinance
Dec 10, 2015 • 47 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the political phenomenon that is holding your ground in the face of contrary facts or public opposition. Have Premier Notley and Prime Minister Trudeau acted with willful disdain? Is Donald Trump the ghost of…
559: The Haymaker to the Queen
Nov 27, 2015 • 39 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about climate change strategy and Trudeau’s first twenty days. Is the Alberta climate change policy a winner? Did the first minister’s conference go as planned? And will the #APEChottie go grey on the sides first or…
558: Pilgrims in a Political Land
Nov 13, 2015 • 47 min
From Washington D.C., Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk the latest trends in campaigning with Campaigns & Elections Co-Publisher Shane Greer before turning their attention to the U.S. political scene. What are the emerging campaign technologies…
557: It’s Cabinet Day
Nov 4, 2015 • 42 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan give their hot takes on the new Canadian cabinet. What surprised? Who was snubbed? And is music Canada’s most important natural resource? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
556: The Cabinet Fantasy Draft Special
Oct 30, 2015 • 70 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan assemble their fantasy cabinets for Trudeau’s first government. How are cabinets assembled? What do the powers-that-be consider when creating such a body? And honestly, why would Corey pick a journalist from…
555: Meanwhile, in Alberta…
Oct 27, 2015 • 59 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan turn their attention to Alberta politics. What’s to be made of the 2015 Alberta budget? Do the NDP have a “Calgary problem”? And why do people say “PIN number”? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps…
554: Bandwagon Politics
Oct 23, 2015 • 52 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan give their post-election analysis. What worked for each of the parties and what didn’t? What does the future hold in store for the NDP and Conservatives? And did Corey just violate Godwin’s Law? Zain Velji, as always,…
553: Raiders of the Lost Campaign Arc
Oct 17, 2015 • 60 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk with pollster Quito Maggi and journalist Jen Gerson about the 2015 election. What do Quito’s numbers say about election day? How has this campaign looked from Jen’s vantage point at a national newspaper? And…
552: If It Walks Like A Turkey and Quacks Like a Turkey…
Oct 13, 2015 • 52 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the impact holidays like Thanksgiving have on elections. What is the endgame for each Party? Will we be staying up late to see how BC votes? And did Corey actually bet $400 that there would be a Liberal…
551: Stop Crying
Oct 8, 2015 • 52 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan break down the niqab debate - and its impact on Canadians. Are the Conservatives just running a fear campaign? What are parties doing right now to get out the vote? And who put that dead cat on the table? Zain Velji, as…
550: Uptown Munk
Sep 29, 2015 • 49 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan break down the Munk Debate and take a look at the strategy involved in riding level campaigning. What moments at the Munk Debate will have resonance? How do local campaigns overcome national narratives? And why does…
549: Livin’ on the Wedge
Sep 21, 2015 • 47 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan set the stage for the last 28 days of the election. What’s the analysis of the #GlobeDebate analysis? How - and why - do parties construct political wedges? And is it too late to get that BABYBJÖRN toilet seat?…
548: #GlobeDebate Live
Sep 18, 2015 • 63 min
Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan and a live studio audience dissect the Globe and Mail economic debate. Which leader(s) can claim victory? Where do the parties go from here? And will the BABYBJÖRN toilet seat ever find a buyer? Zain Velji, as always,…
547: Outsourcing Strategy, Managing Incompetence
Sep 11, 2015 • 44 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the recent turns in the 2015 election campaign. Is the Conservative’s new advisor a sign of a campaign in freefall? Should the New Democrats be worried about Trudeau’s latest moves? And can James Carville best…
546: The Liberal Strategy Special
Sep 9, 2015 • 84 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan take an in depth look at the Liberal Party of Canada and their pathway to victory. Where can the Liberals win? What policies will propel them about the NDP? And did these guys really commission polling just to help their…
545: You Have My Full Confidence
Aug 28, 2015 • 41 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan tackle the latest events in federal politics. Is Tom Mulcair to the right of Justin Trudeau? Is the Liberal infrastructure plan a solid ballot box question? And do you have what it takes to avoid having lunch with…
544: Polls, Focus Groups and Other Lies
Aug 23, 2015 • 54 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the last week in federal politics. Did Tom Mulcair’s decade old man-crush on Margaret Thatcher hurt him? Are the media on an anti-Conservative vendetta? And what does Stephen Carter REALLY think about the…
543: It’s An Honour Just To Be Nominated
Aug 13, 2015 • 48 min
Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan and Pundit’s Guide’s Alice Funke talk about the state of the 2015 campaign. Are the Conservatives about to announce a slate of star candidates? Should we be impressed withe the NDP roster? And can the Liberals build…
542: That’s Debatable
Aug 8, 2015 • 39 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the first debate of the 2015 election. Who won? Were there any moments that stand out? And is Stephen Carter a member of the “middle class”? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.
541: Game On
Aug 2, 2015 • 35 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the start of the 2015 election campaign. Did Justin Trudeau deliver? Will Harper take a hit for the extra costs associated with a longer writ? And is the NDP about to launch a paramilitary assault on Ottawa?…
540: A Million Dollars on Strategy
Jul 29, 2015 • 34 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan tackle the run up to the 2015 election. Did the anti-NDP Conservative attack site deliver? Is Toronto Canada’s “most important” city? And is there ANY circumstance in which you’d like to be Justin…
539: Applaudable, Abhorrent, Audacious
Jul 20, 2015 • 37 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan tackle federal politics in the dog days of summer. Did the Council of Federation deliver? Are the Conservatives on the right track? And what magic pill do the Liberals need to take to get back in the game? Zain Velji, as…
538: The Santorum Runoff
Jul 13, 2015 • 42 min
To celebrate their 538th episode, Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan turn their sights south of the border. What do the polls tell us about the Republican race? Is Stephen Carter about to show up in an anti-Chris Christie attack ad? And will Corey…
537: Ezra Levant on a Tractor
Jun 24, 2015 • 32 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan grade the Alberta political parties on the legislative session. What’s to be made of the PC reversal on Bill 1? Are we now in a permanent campaign? And did Lou Arab and Rachel Notley inspire…
536: Corn Dogs with Mustard
Jun 24, 2015 • 36 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk federal politics. Has Justin Trudeau reversed the Liberal slide? What can we expect over the summer? And has there ever been a worse “radio” ad than HarperPAC’s? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps…
535: LIVE from Calgary
Jun 16, 2015 • 66 min
Stephen Carter, Corey Hogan and a live studio audience dissect the first NDP Throne Speech. How did the speech measure up? How were the other parties responses? And is Justin Trudeau the William Shatner of federal politics? Zain Velji, as always,…
534: A Letter Not A Number
Jun 12, 2015 • 34 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the week in politics. What’s to be made of the Alberta media exodus to the NDP government? How do we feel about Bob Hawkesworth’s Rocky like comeback? And was Marg McCuaig-Boyd’s media scrum prep done by…
533: The Cheque’s in the Mail
Jun 5, 2015 • 48 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the other parties in Alberta. Are the PCs bankrupt? What’s the best path forward for Brian Jean? And is Greg Clark turning the Alberta Party into a bloodless technocracy? Zain Velji, as always, picks the…
532: A Baker’s Dozen Minus One
May 24, 2015 • 37 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about Rachel Notley’s swearing in and the new twelve person cabinet. Which ministers were expected? What were the surprises? What does this mean for federal politics? And was Corey given a free NDP…
531: University of Montreal Special
May 13, 2015 • 52 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan do some Albertasplaining with the Political Science department of the University of Montreal. What happened in Alberta? How will this affect things federally? Is this the start of a new dynasty? And seriously, what…
530: Funeral, Birthday, Resurrection, Body
May 6, 2015 • 57 min
The day after the election, Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan look at their past predictions and give first analysis on what just happened in Alberta. Who was right (Corey)? Who was wrong (Stephen)? Do the the PCs have a path forward? And what does…
529: Prentice’s Mom Still Likes Him
May 3, 2015 • 51 min
Part retrospective, part prediction episode, Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about the campaign that was and the election day that will be. What do strategists do in the final days of a campaign? What do we make of the PC performance? And more…
528: The Last 10 Days
Apr 26, 2015 • 33 min
With a little over a week to go in the Alberta election, Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan talk about what can be expected in the campaign close-out. What do the parties need to do between now and election day? Are there things to watch out for? And what…
527: Debate Night in Alberta
Apr 23, 2015 • 34 min
Stephen Carter and Corey Hogan dissect and discuss the leader’s debate. Who won? Who lost? Where do they go from here? Zain Velji, as always, picks the questions and keeps everybody in line.