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The Democratic Strategist

Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Obama the Sociologist — Obama’s Fundamental Political Strategy is Based on a Sophisticated Sociological Perspective That Political Scientists, Campaign Managers and Even Many Progressives Largely Ignore. By Andrew Levison

Since taking office, two basic notions about Obama’s political philosophy have become widespread–that he is a “pragmatist” and also an advocate of “bipartisanship.” An extraordinary number of articles and debates have appeared applying these two characterizations to his actions.
Within this broad discussion, Ed Kilgore has made a convincing argument that in Obama’s specific formulation, neither of these two concepts necessarily implies an abandonment of the liberal-progressive goals Obama expressed during the campaign.
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