PLS 331-01

$14T debt, limit = $14.3T (vote in March)

*** VIDEO ***

  • CNN interview, Mitch Daniels

Chapter 1 highlights: Importance of Political Parties to American Politics

  • money now surpassing parties in importance (book doesn’t reflect this)
  • parties help to limit # of candidates running
  • ballot access rules vary from state to state
  • reduces likelihood of plurality presidency
  • turnout
  • 3 parts to a party
    1. party operatives, apparatchiks & faithful
    2. elected officials
    3. rank & file
  • what do they do
    • run elections/recruiting/fundraising
    • push the party line
    • govern
    • unify political system
  • original parties
    • Federalists
    • Democratic-Republican party
  • 1832: birth of modern Democratic party
    • pro-worker/union/blue-collar
    • opposed to business interests
  • 1834: Whigs (precursors of GOP)
    • anti-immigrant
    • pro-business
  • post-Carter=DLC: Clinton/Gore (triangulation, moved to center)
  • GOP 2008 (moved right, not center)
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