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The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado (and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care)

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Now with an updated epilogue about the 2010 elections.

This is the inside story of one of the most stunning reversals of political fortune in American history. Four years ago, the GOP dominated politics at every level in Colorado. Republicans held both Senate seats, five of seven congressional seats, the governor’s mansion, the offices of secretary of state and treasurer,
Paperback, 280 pages
Published May 1st 2010 by Fulcrum Publishing (first published April 1st 2010)
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May 09, 2010 Marshaferz rated it it was amazing
I'll freely admit that I read this book because one of the authors is a friend of mine from law school. I fully expected to hate it - for no other reason that I have never been much interested in politics. I assumed that no matter how good the writing was (and knowing Rob, it was going to be good) the subject matter was either going to put me to sleep or hopelessly confuse me. I assumed this would be "inside baseball" for a sport about which I knew nothing and cared little.

I was VERY pleasantly
Sep 26, 2015 Charles rated it liked it
“The Blueprint” is well written. But its predictions have now been repeatedly falsified, and it downplays critical elements in its analysis. Therefore, I cannot recommend it except as a narrow and dated historical analysis of Colorado politics in the middle of the last decade.

Schrager and Witwer (full disclosure—I know Witwer slightly, or did many years ago, and think highly of him) identify elements of a strategy adopted by left-wing political strategists to take over state and federal offices
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Oct 27, 2010 Daniel (Attack of the Books!) Burton rated it liked it
Recommended to Daniel (Attack of the Books!) by: Aaron Renneker
If you walk away with nothing from this book, and from this review, it should be this: by using data, organization, and money, there are political operatives out there manipulating how voters think about their candidates, and not necessarily with accurate information.

Without a doubt, the book is what it purports to be: a blueprint for the Democratic strategy to successfully turn Republican leaning states, districts and offices over to Democrats. And it's already worked. Democrats, in what was in
May 12, 2012 Jamie rated it liked it
This is the 2008 story of how in four years Colorado was systematically turned from a red to a blue state. This is partially about the power of money, $3.6m was raised, of which $2.5m came from just four people (Jared Polis, Pat Stryker, Ruth Bridges and Tim Gill). This is partially about the power of vote canvassing, gathering voter data, tracking voter interests and issues, and customizing direct mail and phone calls. However for me this is mostly about how fickle political sentiments are and ...more
Feb 09, 2017 Dan rated it really liked it
I waited entirely too long to read this and it would have been far more revelatory and timely if I'd gotten off my duff earlier. That's on me.

Don't let it be on you, too.

_The Blueprint_ is a fast read. Short, inviting, well-told. In brief chapters, it documents how nice-sounding concepts like campaign finance reform allowed plutocrats to buy a state, through coordination of "non-profits" whose sole charitable purpose was to transform a partisan environment. It also documents the institutions i
Jul 25, 2010 Jeremy rated it liked it
How to review a book intentionally written for a narrow audience that you're just a bit on the outside of? My 3 stars split this difference: This book is probably 4.5 stars for the Colorado political aficionados it is written for, and 1.5 stars for those outside it. It's essentially an extension of what would be a long Sunday Denver Post feature. It does a great, thorough job of chronicling a political transition (how Colorado's state government turned from red to blue) in a way that I've never ...more
Jun 14, 2010 Jack rated it it was amazing
This is a remarkable piece of investigative journalism. As the core actors in the remaking of Colorado politics repeatedly told themselves, this is a story of how a small number of determined people can make a huge difference in the direction of public events, especially if they have huge fortunes at their disposal (I added the last phrase).

The book quotes numerous people on both sides of the Colorado contest that campaign finance reform has taken control of campaigns away from candidates and p
Emily Schatz
Sep 04, 2011 Emily Schatz rated it liked it
Other people's thoughts on this book appear to be much clearer than mine, so I'll be brief.

Not being a policy wonk, I could usually not read this for more than three chapters at a time. I have little taste for smear campaigning and this book tells the ongoing story of its ascendancy. Still, it reads like a tightly-woven courtroom novel, telling how a few creative thinkers and big donors in Colorado flipped the state to reflect their political priorities and are exporting their model. In that asp
Nov 03, 2014 Raja rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The strategic deployment of cynical falsehoods only gets you so far

I was hoping this would make me feel better about the impending electoral massacre on November 4, but instead it just reminded me of the gulf between the art of telling people what they want to hear to get elected and actually giving them what they want when you are.
Todd Kruse
Dec 19, 2011 Todd Kruse rated it really liked it
Well worth reading by students in political science and the average voter since the model described in this book for driving a political revolution is very interesting yet I would say it is nothing unique to human history - it was simply well-implemented.
Katrina Jørgensen
Jun 23, 2013 Katrina Jørgensen rated it it was amazing
I hated every page of this book, it made me angry---and that is why every Republican should read it.
Aug 14, 2015 James rated it it was amazing
Interesting and thought provoking. This book almost makes me want to move to Colorado. Won courtesy of Goodreads Giveaway.
Jan 05, 2014 Steve rated it really liked it
Some excellent ideas, but it's far from concise.
Dec 26, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this recommendation from Molly Fitzpatrick! Fascinating behind-the-scenes look at progressive organizing and spending around politics in Colorado.
Aug 05, 2015 Andrea rated it it was amazing
A really great, though dismal, look at what the modern political landscape looks like. It is an interesting glimpse into the strategy and methodology.
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Apr 17, 2017 Dalton Valette rated it it was amazing
What makes this book so worthwhile is the commentary. Or lack there of. The authors manage to perfectly lay out the facts of the elections in Colorado between 2004-2008 as realistically and unbiasedly as possible. There was hardly a moment when I felt the text leaned left or right. It just defined the political landscape in Colorado during this period of time. A brisk, informative, and fascinating read for anyone interested in politics or the mechanics of local and state elections.
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