Campaign '04: The Dems' Mr. Results

GENERALS OF THE GROUND WAR

One of the tips Steve Rosenthal gives his new foot soldiers is this: When you come to a house with a fence, rattle the gate before opening it. Why? "Big dogs," he says, laughing. These are the things you learn when you have been at the get-out-the-vote game for more than two decades. The son of a shoe salesman, Rosenthal, 51, grew up on Long Island, N.Y., and got his start in politics organizing unions in New Jersey. Few in Democratic politics have shown the kind of results that Rosenthal did as head of the AFL-CIO's political operation from 1996 to...

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