How celebrity trumps the political establishment | IN 60 SECONDS

How celebrity trumps the political establishment | IN 60 SECONDS


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
what other topics you might like to see us cover in 60 seconds.

19 thoughts on “How celebrity trumps the political establishment | IN 60 SECONDS

  1. Trump shouldn't be mentioned as just a celebrity. The fact that he stomps on PC culture and is a very successful businessman who makes great deals and gets things done is a huge part of why he has so much support.

  2. I think this "celebrity power" of politicians has indeed increased across the board, but mainly in Presidential democracies, where there is a separate vote for the the head of the executive and the legislative body. In parliamentary systems this has also been prominent, as the chancellor is the figurehead of the party, but there it's still more a symbiosis of party and person. So I think the electoral system in America favours this type more and has led to the numerous gridlocks between the American Executive and Legislative over the past years. A problem we mirror in Europe too, though in the form of EU Legislative and National Executives.

  3. Did you really just explain to us why democracy is bad and why you think the parties should be more powerful than the American people. Fuck you. Seriously.

  4. So Bernie Sanders IS Larry David? The political parties aren't weak, it's just the opposite. They are so strong that they are offering up the most shit – sandwich candidates. If they were a little weaker, we wouldn't see Sanders or Trump making it this far, because the candidates would likely better represent the ideals and values of the electorate.

  5. Hey guys lets vote a rich 1%er into office to give him power that he cannot with his money.
    Trump is literally just bored with the power he has now so he wants to get into office to stroke his ego some more with additional power.

  6. The positives and negatives of each candidate! I feel that Trump has some good policies but does agreeably have bad ones and many of the things he says are… Stupid.
    Sanders has many good policies but there is no way they are going to be able to fulfil them, the money is not there. Plus he cites the wage gap in his women equality policy and he does not mention the impact of agriculture in global warming which is more dangerous than the use of fossil fuels.

  7. The establishment has already won when the electorate allows the party system to control the mechanisms of elections.

  8. Ranked voting or some other non-binary voting system that increases the representation of non-affiliated voters. Centrists, in particular, seem to be losing representation with a two-party system that that is diverging away from moderate views.

  9. For those of us not so clued-up, could you explain why the popular vote matters at all when both superdelegates and electoral college appear to be quite free to ignore the ballots and do whatever the hell they want? Or maybe explain why that is not the case.

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