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The impotence of the loyal partisan voter - Democratic Party -
"One thing is for certain: right now, the Democratic Party is absolutely correct in its assessment that kicking its base is good politics. Why is that? Because they know that they have inculcated their base with sufficient levels of fear and hatred of the GOP, so that no matter how often the Party kicks its base, no matter how often Party leaders break their promises and betray their ostensible values, the base will loyally and dutifully support the Party and its leaders (at least in presidential elections
politics  liberal  democrats  party  partisanship 
april 2011 by tsuomela
National Journal Online - How 'Independent' Are Independents?
As Sides point out, "the vast majority" of those who initially identify as independent will "lean" toward a political party, so the number of remaining "pure independents" is typically small -- only about 10 percent of the population.

Far more important, independents who lean to one party typically "act like partisans," as Sides puts it. They vote for their side's candidates as often as those who initially identify with a party but describe their attachment (on yet another follow-up question) as weak.
politcal-science  politics  independent  partisanship  party  polling 
july 2010 by tsuomela
The Party of Obama - Charles Homans
About party-building by Obama and other presidents.
obama  politics  democrats  party  partisanship  history  activism 
january 2010 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Realignment In Progress-However Ugly It Looks
A key factor in both cases was a weak party system, which lent itself to an entrepreneurial kind of politics, with each candidate, each election standing on its own, putting a premium on money over people, and symbolism and entertainment over substance and information. The one-party system of the Old South, Cocrhane argued, functioned more like a no-party system.
american  politics  political-science  realignment  partisanship  party  history  the-south 
october 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: Building, Not Splitting Ourselves In Response To Democratic Disappointments
I myself have spent most of my activist life as an issue activist, rather than a party activist, in part because I've always known that being a party activists first and foremost would drive me screaming out into the night--sooner, rather than later.
activism  democrats  party  third-party  disagreement 
september 2009 by tsuomela
BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | Party puts conversation on menu
A philosopher is celebrating his 76th birthday by inviting members of the public to a central London park to talk to strangers.
news  conversation  communication  philosophy  dialogue  strangers  discussion  party  fun 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Left Without Labor | The American Prospect
A party of professionals and young voters risks becoming a party that overlooks the core economic crisis facing American workers.
labor  unions  democrats  party  activism  work  wealth  economics 
august 2009 by tsuomela
Open Left:: What's Wrong WIth The Democratic Party, Part #74,397
This gets it exactly right. The corporate wing of the party is permanently at war with the party's activist base. Permanently. One might have hoped that Obama would have brought about some sort of truce. After all, it would have been the smart, prudent, pragmatic thing to do.

No dice.
democrats  progressivism  history  party  politics  liberal  corporatism  intraparty  conflict 
august 2009 by tsuomela
It's His Party | The American Prospect
Barack Obama might be running on a post-partisan platform, but he is more focused on building the Democratic Party than any other candidate in recent history.
2008  election  people-barackobama  politics  america  democrat  party  organization 
october 2008 by tsuomela

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