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, 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.
This is also the story of how it will happenindeed, is happeningin other states across the country. In Colorado, progressives believe they have found a blueprint for creating permanent Democratic majorities across the nation. With discipline and focus, they have pioneered a legal architecture designed to take advantage of new campaign finance laws and an emerging breed of progressive donors who are willing to commit unprecedented resources to local races. It’s simple, brilliant, and very effective.
Rob Witwer is a former member of the Colorado House of Representatives and practices law in Denver.
Emmy awardwinning journalist Adam Schrager covers politics for KUSA-TV, the NBC affiliate in Denver. Schrager and his family live in the Denver area. He is the author of The Principled Politician: Governor Ralph Carr and the Fight against Japanese Internment
"What caused this stunning reversal [in Colorado]? It wasn't just the vagaries of political fortune; a carefully executed Democratic plan was instrumental in the turnaround. Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer debriefed the architects of the plan and now lay out what they learned in The Blueprint. "--Wall Street Journal "It's been blurbed by everyone from liberals... to conservatives including former Gov. Bill Owens and Hugh Hewitt- this is an even-handed take, not a takedown, and is well worth your time."--Gabbur "Every conservative should read The Blueprint. It is a must-read for anyone who wants to understand how the Left has built its machine."--Red State Blog "...Provides fascinating insights into one of the most sustained and coordinated political efforts in recent history."--Taegan Goddard's Political Wire "The Colorado turnaround in 2008 was nothing short of phenomenal: a once rock-solid Republican state went Democratic in a big way. And members of both parties are still scratching their heads over what happened. Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer have dug into the question for their book The Blueprint: How the Democrats Won Colorado and Why Republicans Everywhere Should Care.--Political Bookworm Blog by Steven Levingston "This is not a Colorado story about a positive change in American democracy... Adam Schrager and Rob Witwer show in this book that winning has become everything and that any state could build a "donor-built and donor-funded conglomerate" that can buy and control the state... Whatever hope I had previously has been severely tested by The Blueprint."-- Former Governor, Richard D. Lamm "The Blueprint delves into progressive politics and why Democrats across the country are starting to take power, and how Republicans may be at fault for their own loss of power. The Blueprint is a fascinating case study on the shifting nature of politics on the whole of America."--The Midwest Book Review