Maurice Alberto (Mo) Rocca is an American writer, comedian, and political satirist, is known for his off-beat news reports, satirical commentary, and as a former correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1998-2003). Originally from Washington, DC, Rocca graduated from Harvard University in 1991 with a B.A. in literature. He served as president of Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, performing in four of the company's notorious burlesques and even co-authoring one (Suede Expectations). Later, he worked as a writer and producer for the children's television series Wishbone (1995), The Wubbulous World of Dr. Seuss (1996) and Pepper Ann (1997), and also as a consulting editor to the men's magazine Perfect 10. Rocca is a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me! and a regular contributor to CBS' Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood. He is a regular correspondent for NBC's Tonight Show, most recently providing 2008 election coverage, as well as for MSNBC's Countdown with Keith Olbermann. He was a celebrity commentator on VH1's Best week ever, as well as the I Love The... shows. He was the host of Things I Hate About You on Bravo. Rocca was an on-the-floor correspondent for Larry King on CNN at the 2004 Democratic National Convention, which he called an "Obamarama." He returned as a correspondent for the 2004 Republican National Convention.
Question: What is the biggest challenge facing the Democrats?
Mo Rocca: I think the greatest challenge facing the Democrats is maintaining this youth quake excitement – harnessing it and maintaining it – because I think conservatives . . . Not to paint with such a broad brush here, but conservatives have . . . Conservatives have more sturdy institutions, like churches where they’re constantly getting new blood. Conservatives have more sturdy institutions from which they get new blood all the time – like churches. Obviously not all churchgoers are conservative, but you know that’s a very handy network. And I think the Democrats have, you know . . . The Democrats have always been much more of a . . . The Democrats have always been much more of a . . . The Democrats have always been much more of a crazy quilt of special interests, and I think it’s hard to get the center of the left to hold. Recorded on: 2/14/08