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Sunday, February 01, 2004

A Democratic Establishment?

Nicolas Confessore's lengthy article in the Jan/Feb Washington Monthly "The Myth of the Democratic Establishment" points to a couple of salient points that one cannot ignore if any sort of progressive movement is to be successful in gaining some measure of influence over our national policies. Namely, the Dems lack a real infrastructure and an organized team at the grassroots and inside-the-beltway levels, to sustain them when they are out of power. The complete lack of interest by most players in new blood, or of creating a vibrant team that can succeed in any but the most positive of circumstances, seems to be lacking.