Editor’s Note: An Interview with Contributor Bob Lehrman

Editor's Note“As we start our focus on word choice this month, Collaborative Services spoke with someone who knows the ins and outs of word choice. As a speechwriter Robert Lehrman has chosen the words used by our country’s leaders, corporate top dogs, and celebrities. Most notably Lehrman worked as the White House Chief Speechwriter for Vice President Al Gore from 1993 to 1995. Today, Lehrman is still in the business of choosing the right words but in addition to speeches, they are now often under his name. Lehrman has written several award-winning novels, teaches Speechwriting as an adjunct professor for American University (AU) and other schools, and is author of The Political Speechwriter’s Companion (CQ Press, 2009) in wide use on campuses and by politicians in both parties. He has been featured in the Washington PostNew York TimesChristian Science Monitor,and Politico. In 2010 Lehrman and his colleague, AU Professor Leonard Steinhorn launched the website PunditWire as a place where political speechwriters comment on the news.

Collaborative Services spoke with Lehrman about his role as a speechwriter, author, and professor, how word choice helps persuade an argument and audience, and some of his favorite speeches. We welcome his insights.” From the blog post “When Trying to Persuade People Make Sure They Understand You” at Collaborative Services. ENtag Continue reading Editor’s Note: An Interview with Contributor Bob Lehrman


It started last month when I was watching yet another news story about the 33 Chilean miners, and yelling at the TV about the 8000 kids who die every day in Africa and Asia. Why not save the kids, too? We could rescue 33 of them for the price of a dinner at Sizzler.

Not an original thought, but I felt strongly enough to consider writing something about it for PunditWire.

Until I noticed a little box on the Washington Post editorial page about their “Next Great American Pundit” contest. First prize: you get to write 13 op-eds for the Post. Sorry PW. I entered, made their group of 50 finalists, then the next group of ten—before finishing seventh in the third round. Continue reading CLASH PRIZES