George Soros’s major investment in ideas is paying off. With Republicans out of power, what will become of the Heritage Foundation? The key is to grasp the demographic dynammic that’s eluding conservatives: the young and the tech-savvy.
Yet [the Center for American Progress] may be the most influential. In addition to Podesta, at least 10 other CAP experts are advising the incoming administration, including Melody Barnes, the center’s executive vice president for policy who co-chairs the agency-review working group and Cassandra Butts, the senior vice president for domestic policy, who is now a senior transition staffer.
“John understood that ideas have power in this town, and he brought in super-bright people whose ideas have become essential reading,” Isaacson said.
CAP’s successes offer a lesson for Republican-leaning groups, said James McGann, a professor at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia who tracks policy groups.
“They’ve shown that one has to constantly innovate and be responsible to an ever-changing demographics and electorate, and have policies that are responsive to that,” McGann said.
The marketplace of ideas has changed dramatically.
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