In the new issue of 5280, Patrick Doyle takes a long look at what holding the Democratic convention in the Denver means for Democrats winning the West in 2008.

By holding their convention in Denver, they’ve signaled to the country that they’re marching, knees high, into the West. It’s a bold move, and it’s long overdue: The last time the Dems held a convention in Denver was 1908, and it’s been 80 years since they held a convention west of Chicago or east of California. Over the next six pages, we’ll look at what the West means to the political left.

Among the Topics:

  • Why the Sudden Move Westward?
  • The Purpling of Colorado
  • Educated Transplants, Hispanics, Libertarians and Independents
  • Can the Democrats Win?

A really good read.

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