The President and Political Parties. Michael Nelson. Nov 16. Angie

The President and Political Parties. Michael Nelson. Nov 16. Angie

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The President and Political Parties  Michael Nelson Nov. 16 Summary- disconnection between presidency and political party. It was begun by  the New Deal relying more on merit rather than following party in regards to  nomination. This was later enforced by Lyndon Johnson, who rather than make  his party happy appointed people he saw as capable even if they did not belong  to his party.  In the modern presidency we see the president becoming more  distant from his party. Using it more as a means to get into office. Yet we see a  pattern, Republican Presidents tend to have more party loyalty trying to gain  approval for themselves and the party. Democrat President are more bipartisan,  more dedicated to their goals even if they differ from party goals.  Intro  Relationship between the presidency and American party system has been  difficult Founding fathers  wanted a non partisan president o Support the judiciary o Lead institutional role in checking and controlling "violence of faction" In 19th century, the presidency became more partisan o Authority relied on ability to transcend party politics President nominated not elected by party The modern presidency is crafted to reduce party influence o Launched by Roosevelt o Under Ronald Reagan party system showed signs of transformation and  renewal Overweening executives might use the party as a mean.  New Deal Party Politics, Presidential Reform, and the Decline of the American  Party System Roosevelt was influenced by Woodrow Wilson
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o Reform parties o Extend the influence if the president o "vital link" to the nation o President turned to "New Dealers" Supporters of the president o Wanted to unseat the conservative Democrats in 1938 o Abolished Democratic National Convention rule that required support from  two thirds of the delegates for nomination of the president and VP. This had guarded most loyal Democrats, usually from the south
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The President and Political Parties. Michael Nelson. Nov 16. Angie

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