To what degree do party structures still control the major parties? (45) (…
To what degree do party structures still control the major parties? (45)
:check: Funding/Organising Campaigns
:red_cross: BUT Trump 2016:
Personality > Party:
Leadership efforts make no difference to outcome
What Do I Think?:
No, especially in the Republican Party
:red_cross: Weakening Control on Nominations
:check:: Rules on Primaries (State)
Party Committees in each state determine rules - proportional, caucuses, etc.
eg. Maine and Nebraska only states who elect proportionally
2016: Republican primary in Colorado (caucus) cancelled! All delegates given to Ted Cruz, as delegates not pledged
Does the Party Platform control the election? Depends on the type of race!
eg. Obamacare passed without a single Republican vote - BUT was this just ideological preference of effective whip?
Republican Radical Factions:
Freedom Caucus/Tea Party
Credited with resignation of John Boehner in 2015, leads to more conservative Paul Ryan becoming Speaker
IMPACT: Controlling flow of legislation!
Defeat of Majority leader Eric Cantor for Virginia's 7th in 2014 by Tea Party insurgent David Brat
Roy Moore 2017:
Judge on Alabama Supreme Court, won Republican nomination over Luther Strange, former Alabama Attorney general, incumbent (filling Session's Senate vacancy)
Strange was backed by President Trump, Mitch McConnell - Belief that Strange lost the primary BECAUSE OF his 'establishment feel' - people becoming dissilusioned with politics, lack of trust for the party structure, favour the outsider
Can be seen as true, given Trump won by nearly 30 points in presidential election in Alabama - very conservative, put faith in outsider, doing the same in special election?
IMPACT: Party Structure no longer controls the narrative! Republicans in Alabama favour person who opposes same-sec marriage etc, something establishment would argue is not present in the party anymore