Editors’ Note:

Too often during political campaigns, Democrats and Republicans talk only among themselves and develop completely different frameworks for interpreting everything that happens. The Insiders blog will break out of those partisan boxes.

Democrat Carter Eskew and Republican Ed Rogers are veterans of political campaigning at the highest level. Eskew is managing director of the communications firm Glover Park Group and was chief strategist for the Gore 2000 presidential campaign. Rogers founded the lobbying and communications firm BGR Group with now-Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour and was involved in the presidential campaigns of Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush.

They represent different ends of the political spectrum, but Eskew and Rogers respect each other -- and don’t have much regard for political analysis in the form of shouting matches. If you join us in following their conversation in the months ahead, we expect you’ll get some of the smartest and most interesting takes on what’s happening with the campaigns, and what that says about the country, as we head toward Election 2012. We also expect it to be a lot of fun along the way.

Enough of us, though. We’ll let Eskew and Rogers take it from here.