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Howard Dean 3.0: What the Tea Party Can Learn from Democrats in 2010 and Beyond
The Atlantic ^ | 10/27/10 | Ari Berman

Posted on 10/31/2010 9:42:03 PM PDT by Libloather

Dean 3.0: What the Tea Party Can Learn from Democrats in 2010 and Beyond
Ari Berman
Oct 27 2010, 11:54 AM ET

"The first rule of change is controversy," famed community organizer Saul Alinsky once said. "You can't get away from it, for the simple reason of, all issues are controversial. Change means movement, movement means friction, friction means heat, and heat means controversy." Alinsky is not the only liberal icon Tea Party Republicans now admire. They've also belatedly fallen in love with Howard Dean, who they generously mocked for the better part of a decade until Democrats picked up six governorships, 14 Senate seats, 50 House seats and 15 state legislative chambers under his tenure as chair of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).

Tea Partiers have now appropriated the insurgent language of Dean's presidential campaign, including its slogan, "Take Back America," and have begun to take over local Republican parties at the grassroots level--just as Dean urged Democrats to do after his campaign ended in flames. They've also emulated Dean's 50-state strategy, which unexpectedly helped elect Democrats across the map, particularly in long-ignored red states, by boosting local parties in 2006 and 2008. This year, for example, Republicans are running more candidates for Congress than ever before. "President Obama and Speaker Pelosi can thank Howard Dean's '50-state strategy' for laying the ground work for the Democrat landslide in 2008," Tea Party strategist and former House Majority Leader Dick Armey, chairman of FreedomWorks, said earlier this year. "The Tea Party movement is much the same, and Tea Party groups exist in every state and city across the country." If Barack Obama was "Dean 2.0," then the Tea Partiers are the third manifestation. In 2010, they've out-innovated the Democrats.

(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2010; 2010midterms; dean; democrats; lessons; teaparty
Things aren't going to turn out well if Alinsky is mentioned in the first sentence.
1 posted on 10/31/2010 9:42:06 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

Good call


2 posted on 10/31/2010 9:43:29 PM PDT by vladimir998 (Part of the Vast Catholic Conspiracy (hat tip to Kells))
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To: Libloather

“Alinsky is not the only liberal icon Tea Party Republicans now admire.”

Where’s the “BARF”?

We don’t “admire” the sonofabitch........

We’re just using his strategy AGAINST his ilk.


3 posted on 10/31/2010 9:47:04 PM PDT by Mortrey (Impeach President Soros)
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To: Libloather

“Alinsky is not the only liberal icon Tea Party Republicans now admire.”

oh gag me.


4 posted on 10/31/2010 9:49:16 PM PDT by Kimberly GG ("Path to Citizenship" Amnesty candidates will NOT get my vote! DeMint, 2012)
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To: Libloather

5 posted on 10/31/2010 9:49:41 PM PDT by wastedyears (Know this, I will return to this land... rebuild where the ruins did stand)
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To: vladimir998

Yep! All it takes if enough good people to change the direction of the Country. The only problem is that way too many people go about their lives ignoring politics but that just might change when things get too bad to ignore.

That is when change happens!


6 posted on 10/31/2010 10:01:33 PM PDT by Deagle
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To: Libloather

Don’t make me ill. We have not fallen in love with Dean or Alinsky. We’ve studied them, learned their tactics and used those tactics against them to defeat them.

I’m not sure why I’m reading the atlantic. Lying about it being a corporate underwritten venture while Dean was all grassroots is the least of what this publication does.


7 posted on 10/31/2010 10:04:11 PM PDT by Soul Seeker ( I was there when we had the numbers, but didn’t have the principles.---Jim that leans conservDeMin)
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To: Soul Seeker

Exactly. Tactics are tactics, they’ll work for whoever wants to learn and apply them.


8 posted on 10/31/2010 10:07:16 PM PDT by Mountain Troll (My investment plan - Canned food and shotguns)
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To: Libloather

9 posted on 10/31/2010 10:12:05 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: wastedyears

Need some sound effects with that pic of Mad How....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDwODbl3muE


10 posted on 10/31/2010 10:16:44 PM PDT by tflabo
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To: Libloather
Anti-Alinsky tactics is simply de-funding and under-funding Federal government..
Plug the money hole(s) and force smaller federal government..
Smaller and smaller and smaller and smaller...

NEXT...... do the same to State government..
NEXT...... do the same to City government...

11 posted on 10/31/2010 10:36:37 PM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: Libloather

The writer’s thesis seems to be that the Tea Party movement is just copying Howard Dean’s stunningly original idea of voting against the sitting party in power.

I’m betting if that’s the Twister contortions it has to go through to make THAT moronic idea work, it ain’t gonna get much better, so I bailed.


12 posted on 10/31/2010 11:40:52 PM PDT by Darkwolf377 (Pro-Life atheist, conservative Bostonian)
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To: hosepipe
NEXT...... do the same to State government..
NEXT...... do the same to City government...

A whole lot of that is happening in this election.

13 posted on 11/01/2010 12:13:13 AM PDT by meadsjn (Sarah 2012, or soon)
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