Fascinating article from the Chicago Tribune about the intense, forceful, and foul-mouthed Chicago congressman, Rahm Emanuel, who ran the campaign that has just won the Democrats control of congress.
Anyone who has been involved in the running of an election campaign will find some of the stories told in this article all too familiar.
Two things from the article worth highlighting are;
- The deliberate organised recruiting of tough, credible, and non-traditional candidates to fight key swing seats, such as the Iraq war veterans, often pushing out more traditional and long-standing candidates.
- The conflict between the ruthless targetting strategy employed by Emanuel and the activist-based party development “50 State” strategy of Howard Dean. (See also)
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This content was originally posted on my old Process Guy blog.