Henry Olsen

Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center; Columnist, The Washington Post
Henry Olsen Crosscut Festival 2021

Session: The Republican Reckoning

3 p.m. Thursday, May 6

The Trump Presidency upended the Republican party so completely that they didn’t even present a platform at their convention. It was officially just the party unto a man. And then he lost. So where does this leave the Republicans now? A quiet civil war is under way to resolve this issue. We’ll check in with Henry Olsen and Ross Douthat, two conservative columnists with inside-the-beltway access, who explain the many ways this could go. This conversation will be moderated by Northwest Newsmakers host, Monica Guzman.

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About Henry Olsen

Henry Olsen is a Washington Post columnist and a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Olsen began his career as a political consultant at the California firm of Hoffenblum-Mollrich. After three years working for the California Assembly Republican Caucus, he returned to school to become a lawyer. Following law school he clerked for the Honorable Danny J. Boggs on the United States Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals and as an associate in the Philadelphia office of Dechert, Price & Rhoads. He then joined the think tank world where he spent the next eighteen years as an executive.


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About Crosscut Festival 2021


Join journalists, politicians, authors, creators and newsmakers from our community and around the nation May 3-8, 2021 as we come together to take a hard look at the people, policy and events that shape our lives.


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