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Friday, February 24, 2012

A lesson in how it's done -- party politics, that is

Dana Mathewson

How it's being done now, that is. Not necessarily how it should be done. And there's the rub, as The Bard would say. Sometimes the old ways are better.

FTA: "We implicitly take for granted the idea that the way things are done now is either the way they have always been done, or that it was changed from the old ways for good reasons. Perhaps it is the march of technology or the seemingly endless growth in the American economy that gives us confidence that today’s rules of the road are better than yesterday’s. But it is not so in the case of the party operations. The sad truth is that Americans who lived and died 150 years ago – who didn’t have modern medicine, personal computers, cars, airplanes, easy access to higher education, "sophisticated" manners and all the rest – had a much better party system than we do today."

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