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Dems' Game Plan Taking Shape

Ari Berman's article in The Nation, "Where's the Plan Democrats?" should be of interest to anyone involved in Democratic politics. Berman assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the Dems' readiness for the November elections, and explains what the DNC, DSCC and DCCC are doing to get the vote out for '06 and beyond. He sees a stronger-than-usual GOP GOTV effort, but credits the Dems with significant improvement in fund-raising and mobilizing key constituencies. Berman also discusses Howard Dean's emphasis on longer-term strategy, compared with the focus on November '06 advocated by Chuck Schumer and Rahm Emanuel.