LET'S SEE ACTION
A couple of long features over the weekend about financier George Soros (from the Chicago Tribune) and the ways in which he and a few other people have affected the Democratic party and progressive politics on the national level (from the New York Times Magazine). The Times piece compares these changes to the development of conservative institutions over the past 35 years. It also has some good speculation about what these changes might mean for the long-term future of progressive politics, mulling that national party organizations such as the DNC, DSCC and DCCC might become less important. Internet outreach, including fundraising for individual candidates, is one reason for that speculation. Recommended reading for anyone interested in the structural elements of political power.