My newest post is up on NPR, in which I do a very quick overview of the many ways Barack Obama is consolidating power in the Democratic Party.

For whatever reasons, it's clear that Obama is busy building a parallel Democratic infrastructure and movement. Washington-based 527s and Democratic loyalists may end up crying foul, but progressives across the country will benefit from more money and influence than they've had in years. Are they making a Faustian deal or witnessing the birth of a new Democratic Party?

Check out the whole thing, and stay tuned for a crisp audio reproduction of it.