Chapter 9 . It’s Party Time!!!!!!!! Political Parties. What is a political party? . An organized group that seeks to Win elections Hold public office Operate the government Determine public policy. Parties exist to:. Label candidates (Party ID) Helpful for voters, shorthand… Govern
It’s Party Time!!!!!!!!
1. Congressional and local elections
2. Electoral College
US: weaker parties
Europe: stronger parties
National government has much more power
Less regulation on parties
People vote more for party than for individual
2nd party system emerges because Federalists disappear!!!!!
3rd party system emerges because Whigs disappear
Republicans dominate presidency and Senate, Dems often control the House
Realigning because coalition of voters switch party
Dems loose key coalitions of voters and realize they can’t just appeal to farmers (as they tried to in 1896)!!!
Pros: clear alternatives are evident for voters
The problem is not divided government, it is the lack of compromise between the parties, since no one party dominates it is imperative that the parties work together to avoid inaction
What are the causes of hyper- partisanship?
“The increasingly uncivil tone of our public
dialogue is hurting our ability to deal with issues
and discouraging people from participating in
the discussion and entering public life. We are
suffering from a national civility disorder that
is leading us down an unhelpful and unhealthy
President of Powell Tate
John Stewart v. Crossfire
“Were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.”
Snapshot of a Typical Day
The Big Picture
“Court Backs Loaded Guns in Public“ what type of judgment is this headline making?
Analysis of cable network news: due Friday
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George Washington on political parties: “serves always to distract the public councils and enfeeble the public administration. It agitates the community with ill-founded jealousies and false alarms; kindles the animosity of one part against another; foments occasionally riot and insurrection.”