Red to Blue: Congressman Chris Van Hollen and Grassroots Politics

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Overview

With a close eye on a rising star in the Democratic party, Chris Van Hollen, this book examines the movement toward a Democratic majority in American politics. Van Hollen, a state senator from suburban Maryland, was one of only two Democrats to defeat an incumbent Republican House member in the Republican sweep of 2002, the first congressional election after 9/11. He did it with the assistance of a grassroots army attracted by his outstanding leadership on progressive issues in the Maryland legislature and determined to “take back the House” from an increasingly right-wing Republican Party. The author had an inside view of Van Hollen’s 2002 victory as campaign coordinator of his precinct. Gottlieb provides a detailed account of the nuts and bolts and spirit of the Van Hollen campaign and extends his analysis into 2008, the election year for which Nancy Pelosi appointed Van Hollen chief of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, responsible for recruiting, assisting, and mentoring candidates in an effort to expand the Democratic majority in the House.

Grassroots politics is a key to the Democrats’ progress, whether at the congressional or presidential level. Chris Van Hollen points the way to achieving new alignments that could help move the country from red to blue. Including hundreds of interviews with voters, activists, candidates, campaign staffers, members of Congress, pollsters, journalists, and scholars, Red to Blue provides a nuanced understanding of America’s shifting politics.

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“Sandy Gottlieb’s story of Representative Chris Van Hollen’s rise is addictive, and it helps show how politics is being transformed in the new media age.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594514890
  • Publisher: Paradigm Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/28/2009
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Sanford Gottlieb is currently Professorial Lecturer at American University’s School of International Service. He worked in the peace movement from 1960 to 1993, the first seventeen years as the political action director and executive director of the National Committee for a Sane Nuclear Policy (SANE). He was precinct coordinator in Chris Van Hollen’s 2002 campaign. He is the author of Defense Addiction (Westview Press 1997). Gottlieb received a B.A. from Dartmouth College while in the Navy in 1946 and a doctorate from the University of Paris in 1952.
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Table of Contents

Foreword, by Mike McCurry
Preface and Acknowledgments

Chapter 1: Republican Ascent, Democratic Weakness

Chapter 2: The Changing Suburban Battleground

Chapter 3: Upsetting the Favorites

Chapter 4: Van Hollen's Grassroots Army

Chapter 5: A Freshman in Tom DeLay's House

Chapter 6: Taking Back the House--and Senate

Chapter 7: The Nightmare of Iraq

Chapter 8: Prelude to the 2008 Election

Chapter 9: Primaries, Caucuses, and the Path to the White House

Chapter 10: A Big Change Election

Chapter 11: A Sustainable Democratic Majority?

Notes
Index
About the Author

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