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Douglas Schoen is an American political analyst, pollster, author, and commentator. He is a political analyst for Fox News. He partnered with political strategist Mark Penn and Michael Berland in the firm of Penn, Schoen & Berland. He believes that lower taxes would be a successful Democratic strategy, opposed President Obama's Affordable Care Act, warned the Democratic Party to reject the Occupy Wall Street protest, and recommended that President Obama not run for reelection in 2012.[1][2]

Schoen attended Horace Mann School in New York City.[3] While still a high school student, he canvassed the Upper West Side for Dick Morris.[4] He graduated from Harvard College (magna cum laude) and Harvard Law School[5][6] Schoen went to high school with Mark Penn and then worked together with him on The Harvard Crimson.

He has worked on the campaigns of many Democratic party candidates including Ed Koch and Bill Clinton,[4] as well as on behalf of corporate clients. He also did work for Senator Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign.[7][8] Schoen was a consultant for Jeff Greene in the 2010 Florida Senate election.[9]



Schoen has said that President Obama should not seek relection in 2012. He has stated that the President has divided the country along partisan lines, and said that the Affordable Care Act had been a "disaster" for the Democratic Party.[1][2]

Schoen has been critical of the Occupy Wall Street protest movement. In a Wall Street Journal op-ed, he wrote, President Obama and the Democratic leadership are making a critical error in embracing the Occupy Wall Street movement and it may cost them the 2012 election. [1][10] He believes that the protesters represent an unrepresentative segment of the electorate that believes in radical redistribution of wealth, civil disobedience and, in some instances, violence, and that their common bond is a deep commitment to left-wing policies. [1][10] Schoen believes that the Democratic Party should not appeal to voters who support taxing oil companies and the rich, but rather to voters in the middle who want lower taxes.[1][11][12][13]


  • Mad As Hell: How the Tea Party Movement Is Fundamentally Remaking Our Two-Party System (Harper, 2010) with Scott Rasmussen.
  • The Threat Closer to Home: Hugo Chavez and the War Against America coauthored with Michael Rowan. Hardcover: 240 pages Free Press (January 6, 2009) ISBN 1-4165-9477-9 ISBN 978-1416594772
  • What Makes You Tick?: How Successful People Do It and What You Can Learn from Them coauthored with Michael Berland (May 26, 2009)
  • The Power of the Vote: Electing Presidents, Overthrowing Dictators, and Promoting Democracy Around the World 416 pages Harper Paperbacks (January 8, 2008) ISBN 0-06-144080-9 ISBN 978-0061440809
  • Declaring Independence: The Beginning of the End of the Two-Party System 272 pages Random House; 1 edition (February 5, 2008) ISBN 1-4000-6733-2 ISBN 978-1400067336
  • On the Campaign Trail: The Long Road of Presidential Politics, 1860-2004 416 pages Harper Paperbacks (June 29, 2004) ISBN 0-06-073482-5 ISBN 978-0060734824
  • Perverting Democracy. (monitoring elections in other nations): An article from: Campaigns & Elections [HTML] (Digital) coauthored with Mark J. Penn in Campaigns & Elections August 1, 1993 Campaigns & Elections, Inc. Volume: v14 Issue: n3 Page: p28(2)
  • Pat A Biography of Daniel Patrick Moynihan (Jan 1, 1979) & Daniel Patrick Moynihan: A Biography (Textbook Binding - May 1979)
  • Enoch Powell and the Powellites 317 pages Palgrave Macmillan (May 1977) ISBN 0-312-25672-8 ISBN 978-0312256722


Further reading

  • ABA Journal, May, 1980, Gerald C. Tobin, review of Pat: A Biography of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, p. 618.
  • America, May 5, 1979, Joseph P. Parkes, review of Pat, p. 377.
  • Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, January, 1978, review of Enoch Powell and the Powellites, p. 332.
  • Commentary, November 1, 1979, James A. Nuechterlein, review of Pat, p. 85; September 1, 2007, Dan DiSalvo, "The Pollster," review of The Power of the Vote, p. 77.
  • Foreign Affairs, May June, 2009, Richard Feinberg, review of Threat Closer to Home: Hugo Chavez and the War against America, p. 177.
  • Kirkus Reviews, December 15, 2008, review of Threat Closer to Home.
  • Library Journal, June 1, 1979, review of Pat, p. 1238.
  • The New Republic, September 15, 1979, Carl Gershman, review of Pat, p. 37.
  • New York Times Book Review, June 17, 1979, Walter Goodman, review of Pat, p. 11.
  • Publishers Weekly, March 26, 1979, review of Pat, p. 72; June 9, 2008, "Schoen Solutions," review of The Political Fix: Changing the Game of American Democracy, from the Grassroots to the White House, p. 8
  • Publishers Weekly, April 20, 2009, review of What Makes You Tick? How Successful People Do It and What You Can Learn from Them, p. 44.
  • Reference & Research Book News, February, 2005, review of On the Campaign Trail: The Long Road of Presidential Politics, 1860 2004, p. 171.
  • Wall Street Journal, January 6, 2009, Mary Anastasia O'Grady, "Abuse of Power: Threat Closer to Home, by Douglas E. Schoen and Michael Rowan," review of Threat Closer to Home, p. A13.
  • Washington Monthly, May, 1979, review of Pat, p. 61.
  • Washington Post Book World, February 22, 2009, Linda Robinson, "How Dangerous Is This Man?," review of Threat Closer to Home, p. B7.
  • Green, Joshua. "Hype or perish: how to become a cable TV expert on the Tea Party when there's really nothing new to say." Washington Monthly Sept.-Oct. 2010: 98+. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 3 Nov. 2010. Review of Mad as Hell.

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