Yes, Pilgrims, I wrote "Whigs," but I was not referring to the country-gentleman British party of the 17th and 18th centuries
No, I write of the 19th Century American Whig Party, a party that lost half its strength in the 1850s because it could not continue to bridge the ideological distance between the Northern industrial states section of the party and the Whigs of the Southern agrobusiness/slavery states. Faced with this dilemma, the party simply ceased to exist. Some of its parts banded together with Free-Soilers, Know-Nothings and the like to re-emerge as the Republican party in 1856.
The internal conflict between Left-wingers and the rest of them was on full display in Iowa last night exacerbated by administrative ineptitude. As Christopher Matthews the MSNBC fellow whined at the end "we couldn't organize a three car funeral."
What happened? It is still unclear but I would suggest that the complaints of precinct captains that vote counts in their precincts did not match vote counts produced by "the app" ( a transmission program created by a couple of Hilly's people) should not be ignored. The federal Department of Homeland Security had offered to examne this "app" and the offer was been rejected by the state Democratic Party. Hmmm.
A "conspiracy theory?" Sure! Listen to me! There ARE actual conspiracies in this imperfect world.
What will emerge from what looks to be the inevitable dissolution of the Democratic Party? IMO there will be a rump party of "Old" Democrats, but the big new thing will an extreme left party made up of those who wish to see revolution in American society. pl