Sean O’Brien

Sean O’Brien is an Adjunct Professor at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy. He has served under both Democratic and Republican administrations as a senior official in the Pentagon, the White House and the House of Representatives. He can be reached via twitter at @hope_history.

Recent Work

Iowa 2020 Is a Drag, Not a Disaster
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Iowa 2020 Is a Drag, Not a Disaster
February 5, 2020
by Sean O'Brien

The Iowa Democratic Party did exactly the right thing. In the midst of an awful scenario of its own making, party officials took a step back to ensure that when the final votes are tallied, the announced result would be accurate. That took courage and focus.... Read More

The Humanity of Walter Jones
Opinions
The Humanity of Walter Jones
February 8, 2019
by Sean O'Brien

Walter Jones has always been one of my favorite members of Congress, even though I agree with him on almost nothing. I’ve always admired his independence, and his self-fulfilling declaration that he didn’t come to Washington to be a Chairman. It’s been well documented that Walter... Read More

Missing the Moment
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Missing the Moment
October 31, 2018
by Sean O'Brien

It was a cold Midwestern night but the campaign rally was filled to capacity. The man they had all come to see, the one who’d electrified them with promises and slogans... Read More

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