Bad News Travels Faster
10 effective tricks, scams, and life hacks from the Campaign War Room. In a mix of funny backstage political stories from his life running campaigns for Arnold Schwarzenegger, George HW Bush, Mitt Romney, John McCain, and other national politicians, Murphy takes audiences on an engaging bipartisan journey through the reality of American politics, and the lessons it can teach both professional communicators, marketers or just political junkies who love the performance art of politics. From how to spin your way out of anything… through smoke bombs to divert press attention… and why Ronald Reagan loved helicopters on the White House lawn, Murphy gives audiences a hilarious, useful and entertaining lesson in modern communications they will never foster.
The Divided Nature of American Politics – Will Democracy Prevail?
As a Leader of Republican Voters Against Trump, yet still a loyal Republican, veteran GOP strategist Mike Murphy sees the current divided nature of American politics from both sides. With his trademark No Spin honesty and entertaining sense of humor Murphy dives through the data and his long experience running major campaigns all over the work., understanding of data, and long experience running political campaigns all over the world. Murphy both entertains and informs audiences. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents will all enjoy Murphy’s tour of where American politics is going right now and the big issues that will drive tomorrow’s political landscape.
Dynamics of Republican Presidential Politics Leading into 2024
A veteran of five Republican Presidential campaigns and dozens of successful Senate and Gubernatorial races, Mike Murphy has an entertaining style that both entertains and informs. Drawing on a lifetime spent in the political trenches, Murphy unpacks the implications of gridlock in Washington, the increasingly divided nature of U.S. politics, and what the dynamics of the upcoming election cycle mean for domestic and foreign policy in 2024 and beyond.
The Volatile Regulatory Landscape – What It Means for Business
Veteran GOP Strategist Mike Murphy breaks down the volatile regulatory landscape throughout President Joe Biden’s administration, and what it means for businesses. From ongoing geopolitical instability to economic unrest and a renewed emphasis on environmental sustainability, these political flashpoints have direct ramifications for business leaders. With his trademark humor and insight, Murphy candidly unpacks the landscape and what’s in store.
Straight Talk Politics — What’s Really Going On
Veteran GOP Strategist Mike Murphy breaks it all down as only a real insider who’s been behind the curtain in American politics really can. In this talk, Murphy gives a highly informed and hilariously entertaining back room look at how campaigns and politics really work. Mixing stories from the campaign back rooms he ran for Arnold Schwarzenegger, John McCain, Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney, Murphy takes you on an entering journey through the realities of American politics, both past and Present.
Politics and Pop Culture – From Hollywood to the White House
While many know him as a top political consultant, top GOP strategist Mike Murphy is also a Hollywood writer and producer. He’s sold original scripts to HBO, 20th Century Fox and CBS, as well as writing for well known comedians. As co-director of the University of Southern California’s Center for the Political Future, Murphy closely follows the emerging trends of both American Politics and pop culture, and offers a funny and entertaining journey that mixes his experience running campaigns for Arnold Schwarzenegger, Mitt Romney and John McCain with the growing power of Pop Culture on our national politics for good, and bad.
Drawing on his background in politics and entertainment, Murphy offers a funny and fascinating journey through the growing connection between pop culture and politics: from Arnold’s evolution from Terminator to Governator, The Trump Reality Show Presidency, and now, in the age of Snapchat, Twitter and Streaming Media, what the future may hold, or can Kardashian Fit on a Bumper Sticker.
As co-director of the University of Southern California’s Center for the Political Future, Murphy closely follows the emerging trends of American Politics. With his trademark humor and deep understanding of both pop culture and campaigns, Murphy takes audiences on an entertaining and informative and hilarious journey through this new world of Pop Culture Politics. His backstage stories from Arnold’s campaign and other famous efforts will keep audiences laughing, and learning, as he analyzed what the Trump Presidency may tell us about the future and how technology is powering so much of this change.
Mike Murphy in the News
Famed conservative political media consultant MIKE MURPHY is a widely quoted pundit, longtime Senior Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and co-host of the popular Hacks on Tap podcast. As a Leader of Republican Voters Against Trump, yet still a loyal Republican, Murphy sees the current divided nature of American politics from both sides. With his trademark humor and deep understanding of both pop culture and campaigns, veteran GOP strategist Mike Murphy breaks down the news as only a real insider who’s been behind the curtain in American politics really can.
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Veteran GOP strategist Mike Murphy has spent a lifetime in the political trenches, and breaks it all down with honesty and hilarity
A veteran of five Republican Presidential campaigns and dozens of successful Senate and Gubernatorial races, MIKE MURPHY entertains and informs with every event and press appearance. A veteran GOP strategist, Murphy has spent a lifetime in the political trenches and breaks it all down the way only a real insider really can. He’s also a co-host of the popular Hacks on Tap podcast – which is gets 140K downloads each episode – and is sought-after for his analysis of the current landscape and the impacts on business and the American people.
Murphy gave the 12th annual Culver Lecture at Simpson College, exploring the upcoming Iowa caucuses and weighing in on the candidates of the 2024 presidential race. Known for his trademark humor, Murphy is a longtime Senior Analyst for NBC News and MSNBC, and had Alex Wagner chuckling when he appeared on Alex Wagner Tonight for analysis of the 2024 race. Murphy consistently receives rave reviews for his no-spin, straight-talk insights on where American politics is going right now and the big issues that will drive tomorrow’s political landscape.
Hacks on Tap Podcast with Mike Murphy & David Axelrod
When David Axelrod and Mike Murphy get together to talk politics, it’s not academic. They speak from the perspective gained through hundreds of campaigns for offices from City Hall to the White House. So if you want to know what’s really going on behind the scenes, where strategic decisions are being made, pull up a stool for Hacks on Tap. Incisive, sometimes uproarious and always entertaining, these political warhorses and their guests will give you insights you’ll only get from folks who have spent a lifetime in the political trenches of both parties. Check out latest episodes >>
Mike Murphy is one of the Republican Party’s most successful political media consultants, having handled strategy and advertising for more than 26 successful gubernatorial and Senatorial campaigns, including 12 wins in “blue” states that have consistently voted Democratic in Presidential elections. He served as a top campaign advisor to John McCain, Mitt Romney, Jeb Bush and Arnold Schwarzenegger, along with dozens of other GOP Senators, Governors and Members of Congress. Murphy has worked on five GOP Presidential campaigns and for foreign leaders in Europe and Latin America. He also advises several Fortune 500 corporations, as well as several Hedge Funds and Trade Associations. In 2020 he served as a key strategist for Republican Voters Against Trump.
Murphy is also a widely quoted pundit; he is a longtime top analyst for NBC News and MSNBC and he co-hosts the popular podcast Hacks on Tap. In the Hacks on Tap newsletter, Murphy and Robert Gibbs share insights you'll only get from folks who have spent a lifetime in the political trenches of both parties. He’s written columns and op-ed pieces for TIME, The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Bulwark. Visit Murphy's website to read his commentary >>
Murphy is currently co-director the University of Southern California’s Center for the Political Future. He serves on the boards of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools and the University of Chicago Institute of Politics. He served as a longtime senior fellow at Harvard’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs; focusing on the intersection of domestic politics and national security decision making. Murphy also works as a writer and producer in the entertainment industry with projects at HBO, CBS, and 20th Century Fox Studios.
Murphy was born in Detroit, Michigan and attended the Walsh School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University. He lives with his wife Tiffany and daughter Audrey in Los Angeles.