In the LA Times:
Douglas E. Schoen, a pollster for Bloomberg's two mayoral campaigns, says that an independent candidate can make the case to voters that partisan gridlock has led to the nation's economic woes."As the economy gets worse, there is an even greater sense among the electorate that we're paying a price for partisan bickering," said Schoen.
Douglas E. Schoen has been one of the most influential Democratic campaign consultants for over thirty years. A founding partner and principle strategist for Penn, Schoen & Berland, he is widely recognized as one of the co-inventors of overnight polling. His political clients include New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Indiana Governor Evan Bayh, and his corporate clients include AOL Time Warner, Procter & Gamble and AT&T. Internationally, he has worked for the heads of states of over 15 countries, including British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, and three Israeli Prime Ministers. Schoen graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and holds a degree from Harvard Law School as well as a doctorate in philosophy from Oxford University.