You’re not the boss of me. There’s an enormous amount of rhetoric out
there about how strong the parties are, how terrible partisanship is. In both parties
Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are supposedly incredibly brave for taking on the political
establishment and the political parties. And the simple reality is, if these parties were
so strong and powerful, neither of these guys would be able to do it. One of the dirtiest
little secrets in Washington for the last 30, 40 years has been the steady erosion of
the strength of both political parties. The era of the smoke filled room where party elders
picked a candidate was done away with by the primary system. Reforms in Congress have taken away the political
leverage and power that committee chairmen and party leadership used to have, and sort
of on every level if you’re a celebrity, if you can get lots of people to vote for you,
that’s the only power you need. One thing that Donald Trump recognized is that in a
democracy, particularly in the modern media age, being a celebrity is incredible power.
And if you get people to show up to vote for you, that’s all the power you need to overrule
the political parties. So what do you think about the weakness or
strength of the political parties? Let us know in the comments, and also let us know
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