Die, Republican Party!

Maybe I’m being overly optimistic, but I sense that Nov. 4th will be a sweeping win for Democrats as the Republican party turns into more and more of a parody of all that is wrong with conservatism. But I don’t want to stop at one election cycle. I’m hoping (actually, predicting) that stay-the-course Republicans will stay the course until they are little more than a joke, and the Democrats are in firm control of everything. At that point, we will start to see Democrats vs. Democrats (or former Democrats). We will see a new political party emerge, much as the Republican Party replaced the Whig Party in the 19th century. Or possibly one of the current parties (Libertarian?) will fill the Republican power vacuum. Either way, I can only see it as a good thing. Maybe in 8 years we can have some truly moderate candidates on the ballot.

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  • HS  On October 29, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    check this movement out:


  • Jay  On October 30, 2008 at 7:48 am

    Here’s a question: Do you think that an all Democratic government will actually be a) a good thing or b) simply better than a realistic alternative? Or is it something else entirely (i.e. your post suggests a long term goal of having a more moderate party)?

  • wolfger  On October 30, 2008 at 10:59 am

    Jay: I think that an all-Democratic government would be good in the short term. Ideally, a more moderate party will come to power. What I’d really like to see, but doubt will ever happen, is for us to have a functional multi-party system or (even less likely) a zero-party system.

  • Blarg  On October 31, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    Uck…we’ve seen 1 party in control of everything, and look how it turned out. It would be just as bad to have Democrats in control. They, at their heart, are as much politicians as the repubs…and I HIGHLY doubt they care about the issues as much as they want you to believe, or something (anything, besides talk) would have been done by now. And the only thing barack will change is the party in power, lessening my hopes for the dems to DO anything great w/ this opportunity

    What is needed is a party with some common sense (v. 2.0!), but that seems to be a tall order.

    *above is my opinion (can I copyright it? awwww, *plz!*)

  • wolfger  On October 31, 2008 at 2:40 pm

    Actually, you can copyright it. In fact, you just did. 🙂

    While I agree in most circumstances that one party in total control is bad, I think this is a unique time. Democrats are bad, but Republicans are so much worse it’s not even a contest. But I don’t think the Republican party will die (or change) unless the Democrats hold all the power for a prolonged amount of time.

    As for Obama… I had a lot of hope for him at the start of all this, but those hopes have been dampened by the campaign. He didn’t stick to his guns. He ran negative ads. He even allegedly broke a promise to keep campaign spending down. The longer this campaign went on, the more he seemed like just another politician with a gift for speech.

    …but then, I’m no longer naive enough to believe the candidates control their own campaigns 100%. They are getting support from their parties, and that means their parties have some say in the matter. Maybe I’m just being optimistic, but I hope Obama returns to his ideals after Nov 4th. If we have a president and a handful of congressmen who want to change the system, it just might happen.

    Here’s to wishful thinking.

  • Paul Truesdell  On December 13, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    I thought you would find the following item of interest:

    The Florida Whig Party (FWP) is a political party in the State of Florida with ballot access since 2007. Florida is the first state with a Whig Party with ballot access since the 1800s. While there have been occasional candidates who have sought local, state, and federal office as Whigs from time-to-time, Florida remains the only state with an offical Whig Party as of November 2009. The Florida Whig Party is also the first Whig state political party to run candidates for federal office since the 1800s. Paul McKain was the first announced Whig candidate for federal office, followed then by a joint announcment by John Annarumma and Clayton Schock.

    The Party is expanding methodically across the State of Florida. The first online national meeting for all Whig clubs and development organizations was hosted by the FWP in early 2009 and attended by nearly 1,000 individuals from almost every state in the union and several overseas.

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