This weekend the controversial HBO film (based on the controversial bestselling book) Game Change premieres. Though the film focuses on the McCain-Pailn campaign, we rounded up a few political game changers of our own who are (or will be!) ones to watch.—Sasha King
President Barack Obama
What can be said about the President of the United States? He made history as the first black President of the United States in the 2008 election, making him the 44th president. He has accomplished many things in the three years he has been in office, including capturing the elusive Osama Bin Laden. He is striving to maintain his presidency for another four years by campaigning for the 2012 election.
Svante Myrick is the youngest mayor of Ithaca, NY—a predominantly white community—at the tender age of 24. He is likened to Obama thanks to his bi-racial lineage, upbringing with his single mom and political success. With his vigor and commitment, Myrick will be a politician to look out for in years to come.
Kamala Harris is the 32nd attorney general for California. She was the first women to become district attorney in San Francisco in 2003, and the first African American woman and South Asian woman in California. She is sometimes called “The Female Obama.”
Michael Blake was at the forefront of the Obama campaign in 2008. At the age of 25, his earnestness and vigor for the campaign was instrumental in Obama’s win in key states. He was given an office in the White House as the Deputy Associate Director for Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of Public Liaison. Blake has taken a step back from the White House to take up the reigns in voter outreach for the 2012 campaign, Operation Vote.
Lee A. Saunders
Lee A. Saunders is the Secretary Treasurer of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME). He represents 1.6 million workers. The Secretary Treasurer of public workers union AFSCME is behind financing local and national campaigns to beat back Tea Party candidates and union-busting candidates as well as lend support to the Occupy Movement.
Cornell Belcher is the President of Brilliant Corners Research & Strategies. He is a pollster for the Obama campaign. This is the first time any African American has served as a pollster for either national party. He conducts opinion and market research that is considered to be out of the box.
Kahlil Byrd is the CEO of Americans Elect, a nonprofit organization with no political affiliation. The purpose of Americans Elect is to nominate a presidential ticket that answers directly to voters—not the political system. Americans Elect purpose, in his words, is to “put the people’s choice on the ballet in all 50 states.”