Nation writer and Nation Institute Investigative Journalism Fellow Ari Berman recently joined Brave New Studios to talk about his first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics, and the root cause of the GOP’s big wins in the 2010 elections. In this Brave New Chat, Berman traces the cause to the Obama administration failing to connect with the grass roots organizers that helped get him into office. Like the Tea Party, Berman argues, Democrats need to keep in mind how to actively keep their base involved in order to secure progressive change.

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