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In the mid-1980s, after suffering a major defeat in the 1984 presidential election, a powerful faction in the Democratic Party, centered around the likes of Al From and the DLC, argued that the party’s problem was that it was too far to the left, that it had caved too much to “interest groups” like labor unions, women, minorities, and environmentalists. They argued that the Reagan’s success showed that the country had become more conservative and that Democrats should become more conservative—es ...more
This book became a bit of a chore to finish, but it is an invaluable document of a very specific period in US political history. Ferguson and Rogers meticulously detail the confluence of events that helped shift the balance of the Democratic Party away from the New Deal and toward the finance/donor class that call the shots to this day. Their description of how big business donor groups affect the direction of national politics and orientation of the two party system is a real eye-opener.