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Gov 13.19 – Political Parties – Homework
58 Homework points
1. The Presidency: What is President Obama’s education?
2. Presidential Candidates: What political party is Rosanne Barr running for?
Political Parties: REPUBLICAN PARTY (RNC) – Republicans ____(3)____ control of the big job in ____(4)____: the Presidency. The party was swept out of office in response to the public’s high disapproval rating of President George W. Bush. The GOP also held control of the US ____(5)____ from the 1994 sweep until they were ousted from power in 2006 in a backlash to the unpopular ____(6)____ and a ____(7)____ on Capitol Hill. A weak national economy helped the GOP ____(8)____ in 2010, recapturing control of the US House. The GOP also holds several key Governorships (including TX, PA, OH, FL, GA, MI, NJ and VA), and narrowly held majority status in the US Senate in 1995-2001 and 2003-07. Despite the gains, the party is largely ____(9)____ into two warring ideological camps within the Republican Party, battling for control in preparation for the 2012 White House race. The ____(10)____ say the GOP lost the 2006 and 2008 elections because their Republican leaders “went Washington” when they won control of Congress and “lost sight of true conservative Republican values.” They argue the party needs to become uncompromisingly conservative, seeking ideological purity over pragmatism. US Senator Jim DeMint (R-SC), a leading uncompromising purist, said he “would rather have 30 Republicans in the US Senate who really believe in principles of limited government, free markets, free people, than to have 60 that don’t have a set of beliefs.” The GOP ____(11)____ embrace the “Big Tent” Reagan view that the party is big enough to embrace people of widely varying beliefs — moderates and conservatives alike — so long as all agree on a few key core values. US Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) explained he wants “to build an open party that could win in Pennsylvania and Connecticut, as well as South Carolina … Winning matters to me. I’m not giving this party over to people who can’t win.” Republicans can generally be classified into several different sub-sets: ____(12)____ (John Boehner, Mitt Romney, Eric Cantor, Tim Pawlenty, Paul Ryan, and the Club for Growth), the ____(13)____(Mike Huckabee, Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann and the Family Research Council), the rapidly dwindling old Nixon/Rockefeller ____(14)____ (Scott Brown, Olympia Snowe, Mark Kirk and the Republican Main Street Partnership), libertarians (Ron Paul, Gary Johnson, Rand Paul and the Campaign for Liberty), and a ____(15)____ that backs strict anti-immigration controls (Tom Tancredo and Pat Buchanan). The influential ____(16)____ — split between several groups who each claim the name (Tea Party Patriots, Tea Party Express, Tea Party Nation, etc.) — emerged in 2009 and seem to straddle somewhere between the libertarian and paleo-conservative wings of the GOP.
Political Parties: DEMOCRATIC PARTY (DNC) – The Democrats regained control of the US ____(17)____ in the 2006 elections, and of the ____(18)____ in the 2008 elections (plus widened their congressional advantage). An ____(19)____ to cure the inherited ____(20)____ and voter discontent over ____(21)____ and other successfully adopted Obama agenda items caused a significant erosion of support, costing the Democrats ____(22)____ of the House and several governorships in 2010. While prominent Democrats run the wide gamut from the near ____(23)____ democratic-socialist left (Barbara Lee, Dennis Kucinich, Raúl Grijalva and the Congressional Progressive Caucus) and ____(24)____ (Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Debbie Wasserman Schultz) to the ____(25)____ (Harry Reid, Heath Shuler and the NDN) to the ____(26)____ (Ben Nelson, Dan Boren and the Blue Dog Coalition) to the pragmatic ____(27)____ (Mark Warner, Rahm Emanuel). The Democrats swept into office in ’06 and ’08 include a combination of some vocal progressives on the left, some centrists, and a some conservatives on the party’s right. Much of the party’s ____(28)____ in 2010 came at the expense of Blue Dog and centrist Democrats in swing districts. The party’s strength in 2012 will likely be determined by the ____(29)____ .