On today's Brian Lehrer Show
, I was surprised to hear of the so called return of thr archaic Whig Party.
First a brief reminder of what the Whig Party used to be:
An American political party formed in the 1830s to oppose President Andrew Jackson and the Democrats. Whigs stood for protective tariffs, national banking, and federal aid for internal improvements. Senators Henry Clay and Daniel Webster were prominent Whigs, as were four presidents (William Henry Harrison, John Tyler, Zachary Taylor, and Millard Fillmore). The party fell into disunity in the 1850s over slavery; some former Whigs, including Abraham Lincoln, then joined the new Republican party.
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Gene Chaas, Northeastern region vice-chair of the Modern Whig Party, discusses his political party's resurgent popularity, and its place in contemporary politics.
Financially conservative and socially liberal, I wonder if they can cancel out the Tea Party? I'll keep my finger's crossed!