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Registration Drives, Obama's Ace, GOP Book, White Guys, Lakoff's Warning, Distorting MLK

Adam Doster's Alternet/In These Times post "How Obama Could Radically Alter the Election Map This Fall" sheds light on the Obama campaign's "grow the pie" voter registration mobilization.

Peter Nicholas's "David Plouffe is the man steering Obama's campaign" in today's LA Times profiles Obama's strategy wizard.

On a related topic, Peter Dreier has a Dissent article, "Will Obama Inspire a New Generation of Organizers?", which explores how Obama's activist experience informs his candidacy.

Oppo Alert: Those following the book buzz about "How Republicans Can Win the Working Class and Save the American Dream" by Ross Douthat and Reihan Salam should check out Matthew Continetti's Weekly Standard review article "Here's My Plan: Winning blue-collar votes in red states."

The Economist post "White Men Can Vote" ponders several theories as to why Dems' don't get more traction with a pivotal constituency.

George Lakoff's HuffPo article "The Mind and the Obama Magic" makes the cognitive/brain sciences case that Obama should resist "nuanced" adjustments of his policies that drift toward the center.

Well, they're at it again, the National Black Republican Association. This time it's billboards, at least 7 in FL and one in SC, claiming against all reason and evidence that MLK was a Republican. You can see the grotesque things right here and read about the controversy here. What did MLK really think about Republicans? Read what he actually said here.