Will Bunnett

Politics • Branding • Psychology

January 7, 2015
by Will Bunnett
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Why Democrats Must Stop Campaigning and Start Managing Political Brands

If the problem for Democrats isn’t the policies, it must be the other stuff — the trust, the emotional connection, the identity. In short, the political brand. And judging by some of the contradictory results buried in Democrats’ mid-term

November 17, 2014
by Will Bunnett
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Democratic Political Brand Crumbles, But for How Long?

The 2012 election showed us how badly troubled the Republican political brand is — but this month’s election showed Democrats are in a lot of trouble, too. From here on, each side has a clear challenge: while the Republican electoral … Continue reading

March 31, 2014
by Will Bunnett
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How Politics Disproves “Death of Brands” Sensationalism

Having information isn’t the same thing as processing it. That means there will always be a place for brands, both in politics and in commerce — because the power of brands comes from helping people simplify their decision making. Even … Continue reading

February 7, 2014
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Is the Conservative Info Bubble Good for Progressives?

I think the information bubble that caused Mitt Romney to be sure of victory when he was about to be blown out is dangerous. But what if it’s actually a good thing for progressives? That’s what Frank Rich seems to … Continue reading

February 4, 2014
by Will Bunnett
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The State of the President’s Brand

Last Tuesday, President Barack Obama delivered his fifth State of the Union address. But what is the state of the president? How is his brand holding up? On the surface, not well. According to Pew’s latest poll, the president was … Continue reading

December 31, 2013
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To Fight Poverty, Fight the Ultimate Attribution Error

Republicans in Congress forced the expiration of unemployment benefits for millions of Americans this weekend — an unprecedented move when long-term unemployment rates are this high. How could they be so cruel? Fighting poverty isn’t just a matter of making … Continue reading

May 30, 2013
by Will Bunnett
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How Political Brands Are Made

Good branding requires discipline. Thus, brands tend to thrive on clear chains of authority and accountability. The Republican Party has an unhealthy brand. That’s been clear since well before the drubbing the party took in the 2012 presidential and senatorial … Continue reading

May 16, 2013
by Will Bunnett
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Is the Democratic Party’s Brand the One in Trouble?

Since the Republicans got smoked in the 2012 elections (at least in the races for the Senate and presidency), much has been made of the decline of the Republican brand, the structural and demographic holes the party is digging itself, … Continue reading

January 17, 2013
by Will Bunnett
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Why Gun Control Is Key to Democrats’ Future

Not all Democratic policy priorities are created equal.  Some have the potential to go beyond improving society and making a positive difference in people’s lives — by laying the structural or ideological foundations for a lasting Democratic majority. Gun control … Continue reading