The Resistance Kills The Enthusiasm Gap

Gideon Lewis-Kraus of The New York Times Magazine discusses the resistance on the governmentality podcast.

By Allen McDuffee | November 20, 2017
Photo credit: Maryland GovPics

A wave of Democratic electoral victories, particularly in state legislative seats and governorships, have been said to be a referendum by “The Resistance” on President Donald Trump. The gained seats may or may not be a sign of what’s to come in the 2018 elections, but the record numbers of individuals who volunteered, donated or otherwise became involved is undeniable.

On this governmentality short, I spoke with Gideon Lewis-Kraus, writer-at-large at The New York Times magazine. We talked about his coverage of one of those races in Virginia where enthusiasm for the Democratic candidate came from well outside his district and how a single campaign manager rode that energy all the way to victory.

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Gideon Lewis-Kraus is writer-at-large at The New York Times Magazine, a contributing editor at Harper’s magazine, and a contributing writer at WIRED magazine. He is the author of the travel memoir A Sense of Direction, as well as the Kindle Single No Exit. His latest piece for The New York Times Magazine, “The Resistance Comes to Loudon County,” is in the current issue of the magazine.

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