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The New York Times | Column | September 25, 2007
The Center Holds
By David Brooks
Both liberals and Republicans have an interest in exaggerating the netroots' influence, but in reality that influence is surprisingly marginal, even among candidates for whom you'd think it would be strong.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 23, 2007
Fantasy World
By Fred Siegel
Although Nick Cohen is a longtime left-wing columnist for The Observer of London and The New Statesman, his name is unknown to the vast majority of even the most politically engaged Americans. That should change with the publication of his book What's Left? How Liberals Lost Their Way.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 23, 2007
Going South
By Mark Ribbing
There's one proposal for how to reclaim national majority-party status that seems particularly appealing to some Democrats. It can be summed up in three words: Forget the South. It is the subject of Thomas F. Schaller's recent book, Whistling Past Dixie: How Democrats Can Win Without the South.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 23, 2007
Ideas Debate
By Al From
Raising money and seeking endorsements may be important elements of campaigns, but they are hardly the best ways for our candidates to prepare to lead and govern our nation. New challenges demand new thinking. Let the ideas primary begin.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | April 23, 2007
It's Time for an Ideas Primary
By Harold Ford Jr.
The coming eight months could determine who's in the White House for the next eight years. Voters need to know what they can expect of the next president. That's why we need an ideas debate.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | January 4, 2007
A New Vision for Security
By Jeremy Rosner
Democrats won a national security election. But to consolidate that victory, they must chart a course that inspires lasting confidence in voters.


DLC | New Dem Dispatch | November 17, 2006
Crisis On the Right
Our last New Dem Dispatch discussed some of the choices Democrats will need to make in the wake of the midterm victory, and a very different 2008 landscape. But it's worth noting that differences of opinion about the meaning of 2006 are greater on the Right than on the Center-Left.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 18, 2006
Breaking Out of the Frame Game
By Rahm Emanuel and Bruce Reed
The secret to a Democratic victory isn't reframing issues, it's offering new ideas that work. Here's the plan.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 18, 2006
Conservatives, Rejoice!
By Bruce Reed
Many conservative pundits have begun arguing that Republicans would be better off losing the midterm elections. Conservatives say they want to lose, but can they pull it off?


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | October 18, 2006
Frosty Fusion
By Amy Sullivan
Two new books about the breakdowns in the Republican Party come to a conclusion that sounds stern, while sidestepping the real problems that bedevil Republicans today.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Class Dismissed
By Stephen Rose
Why the politics of class warfare won't work for Democrats.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Ideas Still Matter
By Peter Ross Range
In short, the long-awaited revival of the Democratic intellectual tradition -- overwhelmed in recent years by the conservative din -- has begun.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Old Battles
By Ed Kilgore
A review of "American Conservatism: An Encyclopedia," edited by Bruce Frohnen, Jeremy Beer and Jeffrey O. Nelson.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | July 22, 2006
Progressive Reactionaries
By Carter Wilkie
Reading Rod Dreher's new book, "Crunchy Cons," one has to believe that Republicans are lucky that our political discourse separates debates about values from debates about economic issues.


The Democratic Strategist | Article | June 22, 2006
Raid the Red Zone
By Will Marshall
Democrats must resist the temptation to see the GOP's swoon as evidence of an irreversible slide, or of a chastened public finally willing to admit Democrats were right all along. Instead, it's time for Democrats to craft a new message that will allow them to raid the GOP's red zone -- and start building a new progressive majority.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 17, 2006
Diagnosing Dems
By Ed Kilgore
Two new books inadvertently illustrate the point that despite the Democratic Party's well-deserved reputation for being a fractious coalition of infighting special interests, there is actually a broad, emerging consensus about the nature of the party's problems and the basic prescriptions for a political rejuvenation.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 17, 2006
No Idea
By Bruce Reed
Democrats should seize the opportunity to put forward a new agenda for the country's sake, and their own. If the GOP wants to turn the midterms into a choice between the potential consequences of Democratic ideas and the current impact of the Bush record, that's a deal worth taking.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | May 17, 2006
The Early Politics of Evasion
By Joe Klein
A brief history of the intellectual cowardice that left Democrats hopelessly boggled on social issues.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 9, 2006
Good Growth
By Robert D. Atkinson
If Democrats can take the best of both of these books -- Friedman's insight that growth is inherently progressive and Helpman's insight that policies to boost innovation are the best way to make the economy grow -- it would go a long way toward ensuring that, the next time polling is done, voters see Democrats as the party that can best keep America prosperous.


DLC | Blueprint Magazine | February 9, 2006
Liberal Fallacy
By Peter Ross Range
If you build your politics around the self-destruction of your opponents, you'll have to wait a long time to regain power.


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