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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Defining Obama’s Political Strategy: Radical Pragmatism, Grassroots Bipartisanship and the Abandoned Center by Ed Kilgore

As Barack Obama prepares to take office on January 20, 2009, after a remarkable ten weeks of quasi-presidency, a debate continues to rage inside and outside his Democratic Party. Does this man have a firm ideology, a governing philosophy, or even a “theory of change?” Is he a “progressive,” a “liberal,” or a “pragmatist?” Is his rhetoric of “hope and change,” of “post-partisanship and common purpose” a core value, a political asset, or a smoke-screen? Is he FDR, or Jimmy Carter, or Bill Clinton, or something else entirely?
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