Political parties can no longer harness their bases

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Political parties can no longer harness their bases

Postby Rvaughn » Thu Nov 08, 2018 3:46 pm

Columnist Jonah Goldberg offers an interesting take on political parties in:
Jonah Goldberg: Political parties can no longer harness their bases
Here are a few excerpts:
It is perhaps the central irony of our politics today: We live in an incredibly polarized and partisan moment, but our political parties have never been weaker.

As odd as it sounds, political parties in democracies have an important anti-democratic function. Traditionally, the parties shaped the choices put to voters. Long before voters decided anything in the primary or general elections, party bosses worked to groom good candidates, weed out bad ones, organize interests and frame issues.

When wielded by people who aren’t supposed to be in the politics business, that power corrupts. This is why every Academy Awards ceremony is peppered with asinine political jeremiads, and why late-night comedy hosts serve as de facto Democratic Party organizers.

It’s why people like Jerry Falwell Jr., the president of Liberty University, act like social-gospel ward heelers. It’s why the cable news networks spend so much of their time rallying voters in one direction or another. And it’s why countless pundits and allegedly objective reporters serve as unofficial political consultants.

It’s also why Donald Trump could leverage his celebrity to seize the GOP nomination, and why someone like Oprah Winfrey could be next.
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Re: Political parties can no longer harness their bases

Postby Haruo » Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:23 am

Lot of realistic assessment there.
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