Al Hunt – It Takes A Crackup: How Political Parties Recover
Democrats are down and out. How can they recover? History provides models for political-party comebacks with one thing in common: serious schisms on the other side.
Over the past half century, major U.S. parties have been in comparable positions three times. Republicans were dispirited following Barry Goldwater’s debacle in 1964 and again after the 1974 Watergate scandal and loss of the presidency two years later. Democrats were floundering after two Ronald Reagan sweeps and then George H.W. Bush’s win in the 1988 presidential contest.