February 27, 2016

The Party's Over

One of the problems I have with Bernie Sanders is that he is not a Democrat. Maybe I’m old school, but I think if you’re running for president as a Democrat then you ought to join the party, something that, as far as I know, Sanders has yet to do without keeping his fingers crossed behind his back. I remember the days when party mattered. Nowadays a lot of folks change their party affiliation every election cycle. As uncomfortable as the situation is with the Democrats, it doesn’t compare to the goings-on in the Republican Party which, in the immortal words of Lindsey Graham, is “batshit crazy.”

Tensions among conservative Republicans in the House of Representatives have erupted into a full-blown identity crisis, sparked by the specter of a hostile takeover by Donald Trump. Just as Bernie Sanders’ credentials as a Democrat are thin, you could question how much of a Republican Trump really is. His failure to toe the Republican line seems to bother everyone but the voters, who support Trump over an admittedly weak field despite his many lapses from conservative orthodoxy. Many wonder just what it means to be a Republican (or a Democrat) these days. Could be the party’s over. From the chaos of this election cycle a hybrid political landscape is emerging, with social media becoming as important to campaigns as the traditional parties. And we haven’t even gotten to the part where they actually have to govern.

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