Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Is the GOP Fading Into the Sunset? Ken Davis Finds the Answer in History.

Politics is always fascinating to study, be it current events or the distant past, but the contemporary political landscape is especially intriguing since it seems as if the fabled grand old Republican Party is imploding by the day. Is the GOP doomed to go the way of the forgotten Federalists and the Whigs? Kenneth C. Davis, author of Don't Know Much About History and America's Hidden History, tackles this question in his blog by looking at the best indicator of what the future has in store for the GOP by holding a magnifying glass to defunct political parties from America's past.

GOP–DOA?

Are the reports of the death of the GOP, to paraphrase Mark Twain, “Greatly exaggerated?” Or are we seeing the inexorable demise of a doomed beast –like seeing the last wooly mammoth go down in tar pits of La Brea?

The defeats suffered in the 2006 mid-term and 2008 Presidential elections, combined with the recent defection of Senator Arlen Specter to the Democratic Party, certainly left a whiff of lingering death in the air. Was Specter’s decision a mandatory ten-count that will allow the Republicans to get off the mat and fight on? Or was it the final knockout roundhouse?

Time will tell. But history, of course, is instructive.

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