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Dear Democrats

An open letter to the US Democratic party

By Robert Reich   February 2003

Analysis of the state of the Democratic party presupposes the existence of a national Democratic party. But the fact is, as Gertrude Stein once said about Oakland, there’s no there there. Millions of people call themselves Democrats and several hundred thousand show up at Democratic state and national conventions. A Democratic National Committee raises money. But there’s no real national Democratic party. At least nothing like what the Republicans have: a network of conservative think tanks, a boatload of money to market the ideas that emerge from them and spokespeople to sell them. They recruit and train prospective candidates. And…

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