Get This Party Started How Progressives Can Fight Back and Win

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2005-12-15
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers
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Progressives and Democrats have done a good job of soldiering on after the devastating losses of 2000, 2002, and 2004, but the impassioned discussion of what to do next has had a fragmented qualityuntil now. Get This Party Started How Progressives Can Fight Back and Win brings together thirteen leading Beltway and grassroots progressive voices for an integrated discussion of the electoral, message, and organizational strategies that Democrats should pursue to return to power and establish a lasting progressive governing coalition. We are at a juncture in history when voters could be open to a progressive message that is thoughtfully developed and carefully deliveredand this book offers a blueprint for how to get there.

Table of Contents

Foreword: Let's Get to Work ix
Howard Dean
Preface: Merging Message, Electoral, and Organizational Strategies xi
Matthew R. Kerbel
1 Getting off the Road to Nowhere
E.J. Dionne
2 Explaining Bush's Victory in 2004 (It's Terrorism, Stupid!)
Alan I. Abramowitz
3 Moving beyond the Gender Gap
Anna Greenberg
4 Solving the Values Dilemma
John Kenneth White
5 Seeking the Common Good
Jim Wallis
6 Crafting Policy and Message
John Podesta and John Halpin
7 Closing the 527 Loophole
Craig Holman
8 Communicating a Progressive Philosophy
George Lakoff
9 Teaching Progressives to "Speak American"
David Kusnet
10 Fire the Consultants! 141(10)
Amy Sullivan
11 Powering Up Internet Campaigns 151(14)
Zephyr Teachout
12 Blogging for Political Change 165(12)
Chris Bowers
Conclusion: Blueprint for a Progressive Era 177(16)
Matthew R. Kerbel
Taking Action:Talk Back and Fight Back! 193(4)
Index 197(10)
About the Contributors 207

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