Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Nonpartisanship...

...didn't work in the 1820s:
What happened, basically, is that without political parties, there were no clear upward paths to political advancement... Not only did the infighting undermine the efficacy of the executive branch, the lack of parties meant that not only did the president not face organized congressional opposition he couldn’t wield a bloc of congressional supporters either. There were no hierarchical ties of loyalty, no relationships of patronage dependency, just a lot of jockeying for position. Consequently, not a lot got done, and today we don’t really remember the Monroe administration for much of anything.

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