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Get This Party Started: How Progressives Can Fight Back and Win by Matthew R. Kerbel

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 quality—until 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 delivered—and this book offers a blueprint for how to get there.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780742540361
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 12/15/2005
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 6.72(w) x 9.06(h) x 0.88(d)

About the Author

Matthew R. Kerbel is professor of political science at Villanova University and author of five books on politics, the mass media, and the presidency, including If It Bleeds, It Leads: An Anatomy of Television News and the textbook American Government: Your Voice, Your Future. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, and he worked as a radio and television newswriter for outlets that included the Public Broadcasting Service in New York City.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction: Merging Message, Electoral and Organizational Strategies Chapter 2 1: Getting Off the Road to Nowhere Chapter 3 2: Explaining George Bush's Victory in 2004 (It's Terrorism, Stupid!) Chapter 4 3: Moving Beyond the Gender Gap Chapter 5 4: Solving the Values Dilemma Chapter 6 5: Seeking the Common Good Chapter 7 6: Crafting Policy and Message Chapter 8 7: Closing the 527 Loophole Chapter 9 8: Communicating a Progressive Philosophy Chapter 10 9: Teaching Progressives to "Speak American" Chapter 11 10: Fire the Consulants! Chapter 12 11: Powering Up Internet Campaigns Chapter 13 12: Blogging for Political Change Chapter 14 Conclusion: Blueprint for a Progressive Era Chapter 15 Taking Action: Talk Back and Fight Back!

What People are Saying About This

Tom Daschle

From historic deficits to an attack on Social Security to handouts to drug companies, this country cannot afford Republican Washington any longer. Let's get this party rolling.

John Edwards

It is great to see progressives offering new ideas for the America we all want, a beacon of freedom where all people have the chance to live the American Dream.

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