David speaks often about politics and public policy to academic, business, educational and international audiences. He’s spoken abroad for the U.S. State Department five times, and as a European Union Visitor’s Program fellow. He’s spoken about politics and current affairs in a total of ten countries – Australia, Austria, Belgium, Fiji, Finland, France, Israel, Lithuania, The Netherlands and New Zealand.

Domestic audiences have ranged from the Delaware Press Center and the Pasadena, Calif., Rotary Club. David also lectures widely to academic audiences. The Dole Institute for Politics at the University of Kansas has hosted David to discuss election results. Other campus appearances American University, Dartmouth, USC, Vanderbilt University, George Mason University, George Washington University, Gettysburg College and many others.

Business groups have also sought out David to provide political intelligence and insight about Washington and the political process. Audiences include Milwaukee, Wis.-based Baraboo Growth, a prominent asset management firm and Richmond, Va.-based Genworth Financial.




David‘s latest book is Dog Whistles, Walk-Backs and Washington Handshakes: Decoding The Jargon Slang and Bluster of American Political Speech. Written with Almanac of American Politics Co-Author Chuck McCutcheon, Dog Whistlesdecodes what politicians really mean when they use odd-sounding, insider-ish phrases.


With a forward by author, journalist and television analyst Jeff Greenfield, Dog Whistles will help you keep up your antennae on high alert for intentionally-confusing language by political types of both parties.

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