12:00 PM EST, February 8, 2013
There are many people wondering why the Republican Party has run campaigns that are not well coordinated, are divisive on some issues and can't seem to get their messages to impact on the American people the way that Democrats do. Here's the real problem: They don't have a well organized structure to hold them together and make things happen. Sure, there are powerful people like the Koch Brothers who push a conservative philosophy, and there are many rich folks who support the Republicans with finances. The Republican Party relies too heavily on financial support and relies less on other support mechanisms that could persuade the public.
What does the Democrat Party have that the Republicans don't have? They have a centralized structure that not only creates financing, but requires that all other Democrats, liberal, moderate or candidates that are somewhere in between to not only toe the party line, but actively support the campaigns — or else. Organizations like MoveOn.org and a whole array of media and newspaper organizations virtually control the party. Anyone who wants to run on the Democratic ticket better fall in line around election time if they want support or they will be black-balled.
What makes these organizations so powerful is the degree to which they pressure their people and the forcefulness in which they push their agenda. Take for example, Bill and Hillary Clinton. It doesn't take a genius to realize the Clintons dislike Barack Obama, yet both vigorously supported him in the election. I'm willing to bet that the powers behind the Democratic Party told Mr. Clinton that if he didn't do a great job campaigning for President Obama, that Mrs. Clinton will not have any chance at being the 2016 Democratic nominee for president. Furthermore, the Democratic Party has the kind of power to persuade smaller groups to organize to register and get people to vote. That kind of power doesn't exist in the Republican Party — at least not to that degree or with that focus — and it certainly doesn't have the extensive support system.
If Republicans are going to have much of a chance of regaining control of this country's politics, there has to be a more ruthless organization created with the tentacles to influence organizations that influence voters to vote their way.
Donald Frost, Essex
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