Permanently Blue: How Democrats Can End the Republican Party and Rule the Next Generation

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In 2008, the Democrats accomplished the political trifecta that had eluded them for more than forty years: get a progressive president elected and win landslide victories in the House and Senate at the same time. The question is, was that the high point for the party, or was it just the beginning of a Democratic now golden age?

As author Dylan Loewe compellingly argues, Democratic now have a unique chance to make their majority permanent and to dominate politics for a generation...

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Overview

In 2008, the Democrats accomplished the political trifecta that had eluded them for more than forty years: get a progressive president elected and win landslide victories in the House and Senate at the same time. The question is, was that the high point for the party, or was it just the beginning of a Democratic now golden age?

As author Dylan Loewe compellingly argues, Democratic now have a unique chance to make their majority permanent and to dominate politics for a generation to come-provided they recognize their opportunity and employ the right strategies to capitalize on it. From the midterms and redistricting to Obama's reelection, from the search for his successor in 2016 to the changing political landscape in 2020 and beyond, Loewe walks readers through what it will take for Democrats to stay in power and why the possibility of turning the nation "permanently blue" is suddenly so bright.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Timing is everything. When Loewe wrote, "Democrats have the opportunity to control Congress and the White House for... the next 24 years," wherein the Dems readjust and secure their grip on the entire political structure of the United States, a little thing called the midterm elections of 2010 had yet to play out. For Loewe, this position isn't idealism, it's confidence based on the current economic climate, the decline of the Republican party, the growth of the Democratic party during Obama's campaign, and a general liberalization of political viewpoints. Of course, the pendulum swing of November 2010 proved the opposite (at least for now), making it hard to buy the "opportunity" for domination Loewe predicts with unrelenting optimism throughout his fast-paced book. "After 2012, if all goes well, the Democrats will have been in power for six years... the American Government is still very much a Democratic stronghold." Often repeating himself, Loewe nonetheless persuasively sets forth measures Democrats need to take in order to hold a majority, and many of them, involving demographics, redistricting, population growth, Republican party turmoil, and voting patterns, do seem to trend toward a 2020 that washes the Red out of American politics. (Sept.)
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“Will empower Democrats and scare the pants off Republicans—not because it’s yet another mindless partisan screed, but because it isn’t.” - Nico Pitney, National Editor, The Huffington Post

“Combining passion and eloquence with deep research and sharp analytic skill, Dylan Loewe has produced a spellbinding book that should stimulate debate and provide hope to progressives everywhere.” – Doris Kearns Goodwin, Pulitzer Prize winning author of No Ordinary Time and Team of Rivals
 
“A rousing call to action—equal parts inspiration and intellectual provocation. ” –Jeff Shesol, former Presidential Speechwriter and author of Supreme Power: Franklin Roosevelt vs. The Supreme Court 
 

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780307717993
  • Publisher: Crown Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/7/2010
  • Pages: 224
  • Product dimensions: 6.96 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Meet the Author

DYLAN LOEWE is a Democratic speechwriter and strategist.  He is a regular contributor to the Huffington Post where he provides commentary and political analysis. He holds a master's in public policy from Harvard University and a law degree from Columbia Law School.

While reading, ask the author a question on Twitter @dylanloewe!
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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

One The Possibility 7

Two The Escalation of the Fringe 24

Three Where to Draw the Line 46

Four The Four-Year Head Start 64

Five Obama 2012 84

Six Obama 2.0 104

Seven The Times They Are A-Changin' 124

Eight Beyond 2020 147

Nine The Hard Part 167

Ten Getting It Right 189

Acknowledgments 203

Index 205

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