Matt Robison is a writer and political analyst who focuses on the underlying trends in demographics, voter psychology, policy, and economics that are shaping American politics. He authors a blog at www.amoreperfectunionforum.com and is a regular guest on the New Hampshire radio program Off the Record.
He spent a decade working on capitol hill as a legislative director and chief of staff to three members of congress, and also worked as a senior advisor, campaign manager, or consultant on several congressional and senate races, with a focus in New Hampshire. As a congressional campaign manager in 2012, he ran a come-from-behind race that national political analysts called the biggest surprise win of the election. He went on to work as a policy director in the New Hampshire state senate, successfully helping to coordinate the legislative effort to pass Medicaid expansion. He has also done extensive private sector work on energy regulatory policy.
Matt holds a Bachelor’s degree in economics from Swarthmore College and a Master’s degree in public policy from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government. He lives with his wife and three children in Amherst, Massachusetts. Why I Created This space
Like most people I know, I’m upset by what I’m seeing in America. We are being pulled to pieces — political tribes, regional blocs, fractured social identities — by societal, legal, and technological forces. Neither our government nor our underlying politics has been up to the challenge. As a result, we have a dangerous and despicable figure occupying the presidency. Yet, he is only a symptom, a reflection of the underlying rot in our politics and breakdown in the gears of American democracy. Which means as bad as it seems to many, it could get worse.
On the other hand, the beautiful thing about our country and our government is that more than anyplace else in the world, we have the ability to control our future. That means things could get better too.
I care not only because of what it means for my family and my own community, but also because I truly believe to my core that good government matters; good policy matters; good politics matters. I devoted a lot of my career to pursuing those ideals, and some of my proudest moments came from working with others who had different ideas, perspectives, and priorities to create government policy that made a difference in people’s lives. I have a deep faith built on those experiences that we can fix what is broken, adapt to changes in the world that have made our government and our politics askew, and get back on a pathway that truly serves the people’s interests.
It won’t just happen though. It will take people sharing thinking, new ideas, and eventually, hard work. My hope is that by better understanding the problems, and the potential solutions, we can speed the process. That’s what I’m aiming to write about here — and I’m hoping that other people who may have different ideas but the same ideals will read, react, and contribute.