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Party Time

With Ralph Naders entry into the race the topic of third parties and the role they play has been raised. Does it require a change in the voting system to make their role significant or are there reasons for valuing such parties simply as a way to broaden the discussion? Is the two-party system broken? Here is a little history and commentary from Charles for those interested in the topic. You can use this post as a starting point for a discussion. What follows was contributed by Charles Lemos

The Origin of Political Parties

The world’s oldest political parties are the British parties, one of which is no longer in existence. Though these parties have their origins arising from the events surrounding the Glorious Revolution of 1688, these did not become political parties in the modern sense until the late mid-seventeenth century. The Conservative and Unionist (commonly called the Conservative Party or Tory) Party dates from the 1780s from a faction that coalesced around William Pitt the Younger. The Whig Party in turn coalesced around Charles Fox. By the 1830s these two parties began waging electoral campaigns especially after the Reform Act of 1832 that brought about universal male suffrage.

The British Liberal Party would form when a faction of free trade Tories joined with the Whigs. The Tories and the Liberals would dominate British politics until the 1920s. In the second half of the 19th century, socialist parties of various stripes formed. In the UK the British Trade Union movement and the smaller Socialist Party would join to form the British Labour Party in 1899-1900. These three parties continue to dominate British political debate however Britain’s electoral system is a first past the post system that has regulated the British Liberal-Democrats (the Liberal Party merged in 1988 with the Social Democratic Party) to a third-tiered status. Each district of the 646 districts elects its representative on a plurality. He with the most votes wins. That is identical to the US. If Britain were proportional then their governments would likely be coalition governments because the Liberal-Democrats generally poll in the upper teens and lower twentieth percentile. Naturally, electoral reform is key component of the Liberal-Democrats agenda.

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Hullabaloo - New Rules

I've seen quite a few comments about superdelegates in the the comment sections of other posts. Here is a link to an interesting discussion on the topic.


There is a lot of sturm and drang about this idea of superdelegates deciding the election, with people like Donna Brazile threatening to quit the party if they do.

You Voted for Bush? Twice

Lewis Black in Last Laugh 2007

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