In the aftermath of the national conventions, the 2008 Elections are clearly all about "change." The presidential election, in particular, is now framed as a choice between opposing ideological visions of exactly what that change will actually look like.
The panel, moderated by fmr. Minnesota Congressman Tim Penny, includes Thomas Mann of the Brookings Institute, Ramesh Ponnuru of National Review, and political analysts Larry Sabato and Vin Weber- Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
Thomas E. Mann
Thomas E. Mann is the W. Averell Harriman Chair and Senior Fellow in Governance Studies at The Brookings Institution.
The author of numerous books on American government, and a contributor to major magazines and newspapers like Washington Post and New York Times, Mann is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.
Mann has served as co-director (with Ornstein) of the Transition to Governing Project and senior counselor (with Ornstein) to the Continuity of Government Commission.
Tim Penny represented Southeastern Minnesota's First Congressional District from 1982 through 1994. He served on the U.S. House agriculture and veterans affairs committees and the Select Committee on Hunger, heading the foreign agriculture and hunger subcommittee.
While in Congress, Penny founded and co-chaired the Democratic Budget Group and drafted deficit-cutting initiatives.
Ramesh Ponnuru is a Washington D.C. based columnist and a senior editor for National Review.
He has been a fellow at the Institute of Economic Affairs in London and a media fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution. He is the author of Party of Death.
Larry Joseph Sabato is the Robert Kent Gooch Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia, director of their Center for Politics, and a political analyst.
Vin Weber is co-chairman and partner of Mercury/Clark & Weinstock and Mercury in Washington, DC. He provides strategic advice to institutions with matters before the legislative and executive branches of the federal government. Weber has successfully advised numerous clients on matters pertaining to mergers and acquisitions, crisis management, and strategic communications. Weber served in the US House of Representatives from 1981 to 1993, representing Minnesota’s 2nd Congressional District. He was a member of the Appropriations Committee and an elected member of the House Republican leadership. Weber is one of the most prominent and successful strategists in the Republican Party and enjoys strong bipartisan relationships across the legislative and executive branches of government. He serves as a trusted advisor to senior officials in the administration and on Capitol Hill and has counseled numerous presidential campaigns. In 2004, Vin was the Bush-Cheney ’04 plains states regional chairman.