For Conservatives, Making Every GOP Moderate Fear Them Might be Worth Losing Delaware

By: Sunday September 19, 2010 4:00 pm

The lesson of Christine O’Donnell’s primary win in Delaware may be this: In politics you don’t elected officials to agree with you, just too afraid to vote against you.


The Primary Directive: Ignoring Tribalism to Take Advantage of the Electoral Process – Lessons from the Nonpartisan League, Part Four

By: Tuesday July 6, 2010 3:15 pm

Nonpartisan League founder A. C. Townley had a simple strategy to elect NPL members to state office in North Dakota. It relied on getting members to ignore their old political tribalism while taking advantage of others. Townley figured out that he could make use of a very recent development, the primary election of party nominees, to take over both major parties. Townley’s thinking was, why try to start a third party when, using the primary system, he could more easily take over the old ones?

Finding Leverage Points, Flexing Muscles: Lessons from the Anti-Saloon League, Part Four

By: Sunday June 13, 2010 1:15 pm

In part four of the Anti-Saloon League series, we look at the effective use of leverage.

Valuing Natural Allies over Existing Animus: Lessons from the Anti-Saloon League, Part Three

By: Saturday June 12, 2010 4:00 pm

The Anti-Saloon League pushed the 18th Amendment, Prohibition, by wielding power and scaring politicians, a lesson interest groups could use today. In Part 3 of this 4-part series, we look at embracing “strange bedfellows” to develop a critical mass of power in order to make change happen.

Follow Firedoglake
CSM Ads advertisement