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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

New Books Illuminate Dem’s Path to Victory

Armchair and real world Dem strategists are directed to the April issue of the Washington Monthly, where Decembrist Mark Schmitt has a review article “Backseat Strategists: Do the Democratic Party’s harshest internal critics finally have a plan for building a political majority?” Schmitt discusses four books: Take It Back by James Carville and Paul Begala; Foxes in the Henhouse by Steve Jarding and Dave ‘Mudcat’ Saunders; Hostile Takeover David Sirota; and Crashing the Gate: Netroots, Grassroots and the Rise of People-Powered Politics by Jerome (My DD) Armstrong and Markos (Daily Kos) Moulitsas Zuniga.
Schmitt is most enamored with Crashing the Gate, but provides perceptive commentary on all four of the books. It’s not a long article, but it is highly reccomended as an introduction to the current thinking of some of the Dems’ brighter strategists.