political party module
V1- Are two parties enough? what impact would a third party have?
learning about lee hamilton-
- Lee Hamilton was vice chairman of the 9/11 Commission and currently serves on the President’s Homeland Security Advisory Council. Prior to these appointments, Hamilton served for thirty-four years in Congress as a Democrat, representing Indiana’s Ninth District. In March 2006, Hamilton and James A. Baker III were announced as Democratic co-chairs of the Iraq Study Group, organized by the United States Institute of Peace.
- Why does Hamilton think that third parties are powerful? What does he cite as evidence of this political power?
- Why does Hamilton believe that there is room for third parties in the American political system? Do you agree with his reasoning and conclusion?
V2- the thing about republicans
About lisa witter-
- Lisa Witter is the chief operating officer of Fenton Communications, the largest public interest communications firm in the country. She heads the firm's practice in women's issues and global affairs for clients including Women for Women International, MoveOn.org, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the David and Lucille Packard Foundation, the American Medical Association, the American Lung Association and many others. She is a co-founder of the award-winning website SheSource.org, an online brain trust of women experts to help close the gender gap among commentators in the news media.
- What is Witter’s evaluation of the role of parties? How does this compare with the assessment offered above by George Mitchell, former senator from Maine?
- Are Americans really “post-partisan”? What would be the benefits of a post-partisan political landscape? How would a post-partisan approach to politics affect the claim that “politics is conflictual”?
v3- are two parties enough?
Who is matt bai?
- Matt Bai is a political reporter and staff writer for the New York Times Magazine, Bai graduated from Tufts in 1990 and received a Masters from the Columbia School of Journalism in 1994. Bai began his reporting career at the Boston Globe's metro desk; he spent five years as a national correspondent for Newsweek before coming to theTimes in 2002. Bai has covered all sorts of national news: everything from the Columbine shootings to John Glenn's last space voyage to Mike Bloomberg's mayoral campaign. In recent years, Bai has focused primarily on intra-Democratic Party politics.
- What barriers does Bai speak about in the above video? Why does he feel these barriers are less formidable than they have been in the past for third-party political power?
- With the barriers lowered for third parties to gain access to the political process, what does Bai believe is the key issue for third-party success? Why?