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The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care) Paperback – May 1, 2010
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Without a doubt, the book is what it purports to be: a blueprint for the Democratic strategy to successfully turn Republican leaning states, districts and offices over to Democrats. And it's already worked. Democrats, in what was in 2002 one of the reddest states of country, now control the state House and Senate, both US Senate seats, the Governors mansion, and five of the seven Congressional seats. Further, as the authors, Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer, argue, it's a plan that is being exported to other states, and even being used nationally, to take down Republicans everywhere.
So what's the secret? How do Democrats turn a conservative state into a left leaning Democratic stronghold? Tom Tancredo, former Republican Congressman, summed it up nicely:
"It doesn't matter if you are running for the state legislature or the president of the United States. Brilliant organization, unlimited resources, and the effective use of technology all in the hands of bright people who are driven more than just simple ideology create the most formidable campaign strategy imaginable."
And that's exactly what happened. Conceived as a project by several millionaires--and not just your garden variety millionaires, but including dot-com millionaires with a penchant for data manipulation and a surplus of cash--the Colorado story is that of a small cadre of intelligent individuals bypassing the traditional political parties to orchestrate an ambush on Republican office holders that flipped Colorado to the Democrats.Read more ›
I was VERY pleasantly surprised, and I'm here to tell you that this book is fascinating. The authors lay out a case that is largely free from their own commentary - they say what happened, and how, and they make it read like a detective story. When I was done reading, I found it hard to imagine that no one before Colorado 2004 had tried the strategy in this book; it seems utterly inevitable now, and yet the book makes it clear how groundbreaking the strategy was.
Schrager and Witwer lay out the story and the evidence in a clear and compelling way, without arguing that the Democrats' stunning takeover of Colorado was good or bad - just that it happened, that it was no accident, and that it's already being replicated all over the country. Even with my lack of any real base knowledge of behind-the-scenes political maneuvering, I found the story interesting and easy to follow. It changed my understanding of how political races are fought and won, and about campaign finance (and campaign finance reform legislation). It will change the way I think about the news for a long time to come.
Every American should read this book in order to understand what is going on RIGHT NOW in American politics. More importantly, the education in this book comes in a very well-written, enjoyable form. You won't have to suffer through this civics lesson - you'll actually like it.
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“The Blueprint” is well written. But its predictions have now been repeatedly falsified, and it downplays critical elements in its analysis. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Adam Wayne
I live in Colorado and watched it happen. Glad to read an explanation of caused it.Published 15 months ago by Arthur
I was hoping this would make me feel better about the impending electoral massacre on November 4, but instead it just reminded me of the gulf between the art of telling people what... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Raja Raghunath
The political landscape has fundamentally shifted in financing political campaigns. By the evidence in Blueprint, influence has begun to transfer, even further, from people &... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Joe T
Excellent account of how the "Gang of Four" wealthy liberals (progressives) conspired to hijack Colorado politics. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Ben There
Generally interesting book with a superficial and confused premise. The authors' premise is that the "Gang of 4" and their allies engineered a purely partisan Democratic victory... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Learning New Ways