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Philadelphia Inquirer article today by Bob Warner details Robert "Heshy" Bucholz successful effort to establish a political foothold for the Modern Whig Party in Philadelphia. He outpolled his Democratic opponent by 50%!(36 votes to 24) to win Judge of elections in the Mayfair section (northeast Philly). he will feed off the public trough for 4 years (100 dollars per Election Day). He says he ran because of the voter id law, not that he particularly cares about the law one way or the other. It's just that he thinks it should be enforced, even though he doesn't see much need for the law. Btw, his wife is a registeredrepublican, he was registered Independent.

Some historical background below. Bucholz wasn't the first Philadelphia elected Whig.

The first of three Whig mayors was elected in 1844. The last from 1854 to 1856 was Robert T. Conrad, elected with the dubious backing of the Know-Nothing Party---presumably when it wasn't engaged in burning Catholic churches in that decade. And yes, Abraham Lincoln was a Whig. There would be an odd symmetry if the MWP eventually superceded the GOP. Anyone know of other MWP office holders?

Btw, the Modern Whig Party was established in 2009 and has 30,000 members nationwide. Just think how the MWP could grow if the Koch Brothers backed it.

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Which Party will grow more percentagewise in the next decade?

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  •  They would have been better off taking the name (3+ / 0-)
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    TofG, patbahn, tardis10

    of the Know-Nothings (which, IIRC, was actually called something like the American Party, which would also suit them I suppose.)

  •  I suspect the Greens may take a foothold. (3+ / 0-)
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    tardis10, TofG, GleninCA

    they have some room to roll

    •  If you've been to a Greens' meeting recently, (4+ / 0-)
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      slothlax, LibrErica, GleninCA, patbahn

      you would know that they are factionalized into irrelevance. Since the Nadir debacle, they have split along race/gender lines and can't get their act together for the purity war that's going on in their ranks.
      I say this with deep pain and regret because I worked for many years to help build the GPUSA, to see it demolished by a sold out, washed up egomaniac who cared so little about the party that he ran on their ticket without becoming a member of the party (contrary to the Greens' bylaws).

      If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

      by CwV on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:32:47 AM PST

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  •  Weird party... kind of libertarian, sort of... (2+ / 0-)
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    slothlax, GleninCA

    The Modern Whig Party has six basic tenets

    Fiscal responsibility – "The Modern Whig philosophy is to empower the states with the resources to handle their unique affairs."

    Energy independence – "Reduce dependence on foreign oil by developing practical sources of alternative energy. This will have the simultaneous effect of changing the national security dynamic."

    Education/Scientific advancement – "Increased public and private emphasis on fields such as space, oceanic, medical and nanotechnology. Also, providing common-sense solutions to enhance our educational system from pre-school to university-level studies."

    States' rights – "Each state can determine its course of action based on local values and unique needs."

    Social progression – "Government should refrain from legislating morality."

    Veterans' affairs – "Vigilant advocacy relating to the medical, financial, and overall well-being of our military families and veterans.

    I think I agree with some of those....  Weird that "Veteran's Affairs" gets its own bullet.

    Красота спасет мир --F. Dostoevsky

    by Wisper on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:33:39 AM PST

  •  As to: (1+ / 0-)
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    TofG
    Which Party will grow more percentagewise in the next decade?
    Democrats because the GOP is going to split.
    The Cruzers will either bolt or be kicked out after the shutdown in January, leaving only one major party and several Thirds.

    If I ran this circus, things would be DIFFERENT!

    by CwV on Thu Nov 07, 2013 at 08:34:48 AM PST

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