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Political Strategy for a Permanent Democratic Majority

Following the Money

Via Joan McCarter at Daily Kos, you should check out this nifty NPR interactive map of the small, incestuous world of “independent” organizations spending mega-millions to attack Democratic candidates.
The consultants who run these groups, and the donors who finance their nasty attack ads, constitute a self-appointed shadow political system that operates outside virtually all the rules that govern the parties and candidates. Some of the folks involved have backgrounds and views that belong at a Halloween Party rather than any conventional political party.
This is the sort of thing that political scientists will be studying about Campaign 2010 for many years to come.

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