The Resilience of Campaign-Centered Politics
It's like deja vu all over again.
-- Yogi Berra
Throughout the turmoil of the 1990s, the campaign-centered electoral order remained largely intact. The previous chapters show that the major parties' national organizations have come to play an important role in sustaining the new politics, and this chapter begins with a brief overview of their influence over politicians and other political professionals. Next the chapter explores recent changes in patterns of representation, deliberation, and choice, showing that new technologies and practices have not fundamentally challenged the central dimensions of campaigncentered politics. I close the book looking forward and asking a broader question: what are the implications of the new politics for representative democracy in America?
The Accomodationist paradigm remains the dominant way Democratic and Republican leaders and activists think about and respond to the campaign-centered electoral order. Though the blending of Textbook Party strategies with Accomodationist analyses and strategies by House Republicans stands out as a striking anomaly, most leaders and activists within the national party organizations have embraced the inevitability of campaign-centered politics as conventional wisdom. In doing so, they have in turn exercised a surprisingly strong influence over many Americans' understanding of contemporary politics.