As my time as an active Postie comes to an end, I thought it might be interesting to revisit a subject that has always interested me and on which I have chosen to write my very first column: the mess that is the two-party system.
In January 2019, two years into Donald Trump’s presidency, the American political landscape looked very different than it does today. The Republican Party was more divided than it is today. The Democratic Party seemed on the verge of splitting into a “progressive left” and a “centrist left”. It’s kind of apparent, with some congressmen’s portrayal of the progressive left as “The Squad.” Yet, this is a very small representative cult and these politicians and their supporters are still part of the Democratic Party, and it doesn’t look like they’re going to branch out, if they haven’t already.
While at the start of 2019 it might have looked like the Democratic Party might have split, the Democratic Party has made clear its power and intentions to keep the Democratic Party moderate. When Bernie Sanders ran for president again in 2020, he was a solid frontrunner until Super Tuesday. Most of the moderate candidates who split the moderate vote, like Pete Buttigeg and Michael Bloomberg, dropped out to essentially give Biden the lead.
In the end, the Democratic Party held firm and stood together to field the candidate who best represented the core ideals of the centrist Democratic Party. The party fought to maintain its identity and to prevent itself from leaning too far to the left. However, nudges from the more radical side of the party seemed to push the Democrat further to the left.
The Republican Party had a similar-looking possible split in 2019. At this point, the party still looked pretty split on what it thought of populist Donald Trump, though any sort of disagreement has been thoroughly crushed here. in 2022. became the party of Donald Trump. Even though he didn’t win the 2020 presidential election, the way the party completely surrounded him with the allegations of stolen elections and the January 6 insurrection was something a freshman columnist could never have predicted.
What this freshman columnist predicted, perhaps somewhat ignorantly, was a three-way split of the Republican Party into classic conservatives, populists and Donald Trump conservatives, the sect of the party that has more libertarian ideals, but who is associated with the Republican Party. .
Let’s be honest: the conversation surrounding the two-party system may have been slightly nuanced in January 2019, but since then it has lost all sense of nuance over the ages and shifts in political discourse.
It’s interesting to look back and see what has changed in political discourse since I started my journey as a opinion columnist. To my readers, thank you for embarking on this journey with me as I share my opinions and discover the topics I cover. My time as a Postie has shaped my college experience and will continue to be part of who I am as I become a former Postie.
Mikayla Rochelle is a graduate student in public administration at Ohio University. Please note that the views and opinions of columnists do not reflect those of The Post. What are your thoughts? Tell Mikayla by tweeting her at @mikayla_roch.