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I am an going to call anybody out, but if you are going to get pissed off enough about the distinction between "Democrat" and "Democratic" to write a GBCW diary, lets have a little bit of a history lesson.

People who scolded you for using the term "Democrat Senator" are not being paranoid.  The fact is that it was an orchestrated attempt by Gingrich in the 1990s to use it to get a subtle negative response to any "Democrat candidate."

BRussell sums it up nicely here:

The most natural phrase would be "Democratic primary" with a large 'D' to distinguish it from a primary that was run in a democratic manner. But many conservative Republicans say "Democrat party." It's almost a litmus test for right-wingedness. Listen to the Limbaughs and other liberal-haters, and they always say "Democrat party" and "Democrat politician" whereas more neutral people or moderate Republicans say the nicer-sounding and more natural "Democratic primary."
But of course, the history was really interesting...

Apparently it has been used a lot before.  In 1955,
Leonard Hall, a former Republican National Chairman, began referring to the 'Democrat' rather than the 'Democratic' party, a habit begun by Thomas E. Dewey.  Hall dropped the 'ic,' he said, because 'I think their claims that they represent the great mass of the people, and we don't is just a lot of bunk.'

The University of Virginia's Atcheson L. Hench said of this usage in American Speech magazine: 'Whether they have meant to imply that the party was no longer democratic, or whether they banked on the harsher sound pattern of the new name; whether they wanted to strengthen the impression that they were speaking for a new Republican party by using a new name for the opposition, or whether they had other reasons, the fact remains that ... highly influential speakers ... used the shorter adjective.  Some Democrats suggested retaliating by shortening Republican to Publican, but the National Committee overruled them, explaining that Republican 'is the name by which our opponents' product is known and mistrusted."

If you go even further back, apparently you can find Democrats using the term to describe themselves, but that was over 100 years ago, and the Republicans quickly picked it up as a taunt:

In the 1860-1910 period the term was sometimes used by local Democratic parties.[1] In the 1920s the Republicans started using the term, possible to heckle Democrats. Herbert Hoover used the phrase in a campaign speech in 1932: "Many years ago the Democrat party undertook to remedy that whole question of booms and slumps by the creation of the Federal Reserve System." (New York Times, Nov. 5, 1932).

Apparently, though, claim the Gingrich used it based of focus group results is a myth...
Newt Gingrich revived the term "Democrat party" in the early 1990s. Some critics mistakenly believe it is a recent gimmick based on focus groups.

The point remains that only Right wingers and those that listen to right wingers are comfortable with the term "Democrat Party," right?

Originally posted to marchmoon on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 04:10 PM PDT.


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  •  Sorry for the hit and run (7+ / 0-)

    I gotta go take my daughter to a Girl Scout picnic.  I will check back later tonight...

    I think I MAY NEED A BATHroom break?

    by marchmoon on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 04:03:12 PM PDT

    •  Thanks for the history lesson (1+ / 0-)
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      I hadn't known it went back further than [Eye of] Newt.

      Of course, I find it funny that one of the definitions of republic is

      A political order in which the supreme power lies in a body of citizens who are entitled to vote for officers and representatives responsible to them.

      when they are so entrenched in Unitary Executive Theory :-/

      Stay The Course ...Like a Dummy - one of my designs at weber blue
      -2.38,-4.82, 90% snark

      by carneasadaburrito on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 04:13:28 PM PDT

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      •  Thomas Dewey (0+ / 0-)

        The great white hope of the Republican Party.  Two time Presidential loser and one-time Republican nomination loser.

        Indeed, given Truman's sinking popularity, Dewey had seemed unstoppable. Republicans figured that all they had to do was to avoid destroying a certain election victory, and as such, Dewey did not take any risks. He spoke in platitudes, trying to transcend politics. Speech after speech was filled with empty statements of the obvious, such as the famous quote: "Your future is bright, very bright indeed, brighter than a bald man's dome." An editorial in the Louisville Courier-Journal summed it up:


        No presidential candidate in the future will be so inept that four of his major speeches can be boiled down to these historic four sentences: Agriculture is important. Our rivers are full of fish. You cannot have freedom without liberty. Our future lies ahead.

  •  The only time I have ever seen.... (2+ / 0-)
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    ortcutt, marchmoon

    any Democratic pundit call bullshit to a Republican calling us the 'Democrat Party' was a woman I can't remember he name now though, who was opposite that GOP southern douche strategist on Harball, I also can't remember his name right now...maybe someone else who saw it can remember...actually now that I think of it another clip from the same show is on that Lieberman video on any event, all these pundits just stand back and let them use it...kudos to whoever that was!


    by michael1104 on Thu Aug 03, 2006 at 04:07:01 PM PDT

  •  I wish that some Democratic groups fixed it (1+ / 0-)
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    "Indiana Senate Democrat Caucus"

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