Contrasting Midterm Rhetoric for a Divided Country

Recently Kevin Price, Host of the nationally syndicated Price of Business Show, interviewed John D. O’Connor.

Most observers on both sides of the political divide were surprised by the tepid performances of Republican candidates in the 2022 midterm elections.

While many issues seemed to favor Republicans, what was ignored were the profound differences in thought and corresponding electoral rhetoric that provided voters with two opposing prisms through which they could view recent economic and social problems.

Contrasting thought and rhetoric followed a pattern that has characterized American democracy since its institution in the late 18th century, resulting in results strikingly similar to those of the election of 1800. The more things change, the more they stay the same.

Kevin Price introduces Price of Business show recurring guest, John D. O’Connor. O’Connor was the famed attorney of Watergate’s “Deep Throat. 
According to “O’Connor served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Northern California from 1974-1979, representing the United States in both criminal and civil cases. Among his interesting assignments have been representation of the government during the OPEC oil embargo of the 1970s; writing Fifth Amendment and “state of mind” briefs for the prosecution in United States v. Patricia Hearst; representing the FDIC, FSLC and RTC during the savings and loan crisis of the late 1980s and early 1990s; representing California Attorney General Dan Lungren in campaign-related litigation; defending R.J. Reynolds Tobacco in significant smoking and health litigation; representing Coach Don Nelson in litigation with Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban; and representing W. Mark Felt regarding the revelation of his identity as Deep Throat.”

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