Lisa De Pasquale
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For the next few weeks pundits, political consultants, activists and everyone else will be offering their reasons for why Republicans not only lost the presidential election, but several important Senate and House seats. Republicans of every stripe lost, so I don’t see this as a tea party versus the establishment scenario. People smarter and with more experience in electoral politics will talk about the candidates’ flaws and demographic realities. However, in seeing the exit polls and talking to friends who are not politically-inclined, one thing became clear to me: The media defined this election.

For many years conservatives have worked against the liberal media by calling out their bias and starting successful alternatives. These are all great as supplements, but last night showed that we’re just talking to one another. The majority of Americans still get their news from the basic cable networks and their local TV, radio and newspapers.

I’ve been working for non-profit organizations in the D.C. area for over 13 years. I’ve met a lot of great conservative students who want to make a difference. Many of them are inspired by famous conservatives like Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity, two people I also admire. However, we have enough people wanting to be Ann Coulter and Sean Hannity. We need more conservatives in the trenches of the mainstream media and Hollywood.
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Lisa De Pasquale

Lisa De Pasquale is is a writer in Alexandria, VA. Miss De Pasquale was previously the director of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), where she oversaw all aspects of the conference from June 2006 to April 2011. Prior to CPAC, she was the program director of the Clare Boothe Luce Policy Institute. In 2010, she was named a “Rising Star” by Campaigns & Elections magazine in their annual list of top political leaders under 35. She has written articles for Townhall.com and Townhall Magazine, Human Events, The Daily Caller, Washingtonian, the St. Augustine Record, The Washington Times, The Houston Chronicle, and the Tallahassee Democrat. Originally from Florida, Miss De Pasquale received a B.A. from Flagler College in St. Augustine.

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