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Keli Goff, political commentator (#414)

Goff, who has appeared as a political commentator on national networks such as CNN, NBC and Fox News, wrote Party Crashers as an analysis of a poll she conducted among young black voters in the United States. She says the survey results reflect the tendency for such voters to favor candidates based on who they are as a person, rather than staying loyal to any one party. She also discusses the ways in which this “hip-hop” generation of black voters wants to focus on current issues such as the environment rather than fighting the “same old battles.”

She offers an insightful perspective on the two-party system and how the growing number of voters who register as independents affects it. She also explains why she thinks the two-party system could be “null and void” within the next two to three decades.

Goff also discusses the role of prominent black leaders in American government and popular culture such as President-elect Barack Obama, Colin Powell, Oprah Winfrey, and Russell Simmons. She asserts that the definition of race is changing due to the nation’s ethnic and cultural diversity, and talks about the ways in which that diversity will change the face of the nation’s politics.

Air Dates

Friday, December 12, 2008 at 4:00/3:00 pm CT on KET2

Sunday, December 14, 2008 at 1:30/12:30 pm CT on KET