The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)
Rob Witwer and Adam Schrager, Speaker’s Corner, 2010, $9 Kindle, $13 Paperback
Review by Adam Josefczyk
I was on a plane to Milwaukee, set to engage in on-the-job campaign training. I had recently accepted a position to run conservative grassroots field efforts in Dayton for the November 2012 election, and my boot camp would be the battle for Wisconsin during the week of Gov. Scott Walker’s recall election. Prior to boarding, a friend had given me a book with a title suggestive of architectural design and said, “You have now entered this [political] arena. You need to read this book as soon as possible to understand what’s going on in this nation.”
After I got back from Wisconsin, I not only had more experience with the hustle and bustle of grassroots work during a big-time campaign; thanks to the work of Rob Witwer and Adam Schrager, I also understood the larger context I was campaigning in and exactly what I, as a conservative, was up against.
The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care) is a seminal work of, and introduction to, the current political landscape.
It’s an insider account of how a group of Colorado liberals plotted and executed a titanic political shift in their state. They turned what had been a reliably red state for decades into a dark shade of blue after only 3 election cycles (‘04, ‘06, ‘08). Theirs is the fascinating story of what went on both behind the scenes and in the public square in Colorado.
However, this book is much more than merely a recent history of Colorado politics. The authors use the Colorado story to usher you inside a highly altered political universe. The Blueprint describes politics in a Moneyball world: an era post-Campaign Finance reform, of internet news media, of data mining–on and on. This is a world no longer dominated by the smoke-filled back rooms of party bosses. Now, donors, 527’s, PACs, interest groups, ideologues, lobbyists, and political operatives unite to drive a new type of political machine.
In Colorado, for instance, a few very politically astute mega-millionaires, united by their passion for the homosexual-agenda, developed a plan and an infrastructure that, within only a few years, brought unprecedented political and electoral change. Approaching the middle of the decade,
“Republicans held both Senate seats, five of seven congressional seats, the governor’s mansion, the offices of secretary of state and treasurer, and both houses of the state legislature. After the 2008 election, the exact opposite was true: replace the word Republicans with Democrats in the previous sentence, and you have of one the most stunning reversals of political fortune in American history” (Amazon.com).
The authors of The Blueprint do a tremendous job of telling a story that will hook political junkies from the very start. But, more importantly, the book also serves as an alarm–a direct warning to conservatives throughout this country. As co-author Witwer understands, the Left is now trying to replicate the “Colorado Model” across this nation, even in states such as Texas and, undoubtedly, Ohio. This book is a red-alert (pun intended) to the Right: either get your act together and become proactive, or fall victim to the same fate as Colorado. The Blueprint is a must-read.
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