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A co-founder of rebel conservative group The Lincoln Project, a former consultant to John McCain and Pete Wilson, and a former leader of California Republicans will discuss the legacy of Lincoln in the age of Trump May 26 in an online version of the popular bipartisan panel discussion series Saving Democracy.

This one is called "Saving Democracy: What Would Lincoln Do?"

The online audience will be able to participate via text chat during the free Facebook Live event, which will run from 6:30 to 8 pm Pacific Time.

Online attendees can register at the Facebook event page in order to receive reminders and the event link when it goes live. The event page is at (as in "Saving Democracy 4 What Would Lincoln Do").

“Saving Democracy: What Would Lincoln Do” is the fourth edition of a successful series established in 2017 in response to the rise of anger and division and the decline of democratic norms.

Participating this time will be:
Mike Madrid, a co-founder of the anti-Trump conservative group The Lincoln Project, which created the recent "Mourning in America" ad. Madrid is a nationally recognized expert on Latino voting trends, the former Press Secretary for the California Republican Leader, the former Political Director for the California Republican Party, and the founder of consultancy Grassroots Lab.
Dan Schnur, once a top Republican consultant to John McCain, Pete Wilson and others, now a UC Berkeley professor, a Decline to State voter, and a frequent national media commentator. Dan is also the host of “Politics In the Time of Coronavirus,” a free weekly webinar for the LA World Affairs Council that airs at 11 am PDT on Thursdays. You can register for it at
Kristin Olsen, the former California Assembly Republican Leader and Vice Chair of the California Republican Party, now a Stanislaus County Supervisor.

Moderating once again will be Spencer Critchley, a communication consultant for the Obama campaigns and others, a national media commentator, and the head of marketing communications firm Boots Road Group, which is producing the event as a public service in partnership. Critchley is also the author of the new book Patriots of Two Nations: Why Trump Was Inevitable and What Happens Next.

As with previous Saving Democracy events, the evening will be recorded for the Dastardly Cleverness in the Service of Good podcast, which is available via all podcast apps.

High resolution photos of the participants can be download from this temporary link.


Date: May 26, 2020
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m. PDT
Location: Online via Facebook Live; register at
Admission: Free.

Media Coverage of Saving Democracy 4

Good Times Magazine

Good Times published a great article on both Saving Democracy and Patriots of Two Nations:

Good Times magazine has a great article on Saving Democracy 4. Excerpt:

Spencer Critchley, managing partner for Boots Road Group, is hosting a discussion—the fourth in an ongoing series—that seeks to improve communication across political divides, but the true goal of the discussion is more profound, as evidenced by its title, “Saving Democracy.”

“It’s finding the people wherever they sit on the ideological spectrum who believe in civil debate,” says Critchley. “The members of this party—the party of democracy—have to find each other.”

Read the rest of the article at

KSQD Radio

Host Brad Kava devoted his May 18, 2020 episode of KSQD Radio's "Talk of the Bay" to an interview with Spencer about Saving Democracy 4 and about Spencer's book Patriots of Two Nations.


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