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    Dems figuring out how to harness the 80% is what the book is all about. I am not saying it is right on all counts, but to me, and from my experience both as a scientist and political activist, it rang true for the most part. Basically FDR and Clinton are the ones who figured it out and most other Dems still try to reason with the voters. As a scientist I tend to like the people who reason with us...which is why I liked folks like Paul Simon (of the bow tie, not the singing duo) and Al Gore. But reasoning with the voters doesn't work. The trick is to frame the reasoning in emotional terms that resonate with voters. And Dems can actually DO that honestly while Repubs usually have to lie to do that.

    Anyway, read it and judge.

    As a total aside, because it doesn't directly address the same issues but it does from a more practical view, I also recommend "Dream in Color" by the Sanchez sisters (the only two sisters ever to serve in Congress). Has no scientific backing, but a good insight into how to win elections and get things done (though sometimes with too much compromise, I'd say) in Congress.

    All that said, sounds like we are mostly on the same page.

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    by mole333 on Mon Mar 28, 2011 at 04:59:14 PM PDT

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