Gutting Arizona’s two party system

In an article titled, Arizona sees more Independent voters, the daily reports on the surge of registered Independent voters in Arizona. The numbers of such registrants have increased dramatically over the past five years, according to Bruce Merrill, a Valley pollster and political observer.

Merrill predicts that within five years Arizona will have more registered Independent voters than those aligned as Democrats or Republicans. This should not come as a shock to inveterate observers of the political scene.

Seeing Red AZ wrote about this issue over a year ago, in an article titled, Reaping what they sowed. We have more than a few elected officials to thank for the current abysmal situation, that is only bound to worsen.


8 Responses to Gutting Arizona’s two party system

  1. Joe Evans says:

    How will this affect party donations when fewer people hold strong party allegiance? The donors will all be mega PACs and unions — not exactly the GOP base.

    Those who brought this on will live to rue the day–I hope! Or, maybe this was their intent? Hull, Bayless, Hellon and Woods were never considered staunch defenders of Republican ideals.

  2. SherriAZ says:

    As a registered Independent, I have no loyalty to any party but do consider myself a well informed voter. Conservative in most things, I have been very unhappy with the Republicans for their stance on illegal immigration and with the Democrats on practically everything. Therefore, I will happily stay an Independent.

  3. Orion says:

    Fair enough, Sherri. But would you be moved to financially support a candidate or make a donation to a party? In most cases the answer would be a resounding “No!”
    That’s where the real hurt comes in.

  4. Stanford says:

    The deep erosion in party loyalty ultimately translates to the candidates. There is a lack of bonding, further evidenced by dwindling influx of money into campaign coffers. It’s my opinion that future generations will not be nearly as generous to candidate or parties. As they move away from identifying with a specific party brand, there is nothing to generate loyalty. The money will run out.

    Future Arizona candidates can thank the people in the link to the previous post. I was dismayed to see that the majority carrying the water for this liberal issue were Republicans. They can configure their reasons six ways from Sunday. Still the fact remains that when they could have exerted some clout by uniting against this miserable party-gutting scheme, they acquiesced. Going with the best of the worst is actually going with the worst. What a shame!

  5. Virginia says:

    Very disappointing to see the high ranking Republicans who didn’t stand tall on this one. We are now wintnessing the downhill slippery slope, thanks to their lack of courage. Crying out in the wilderness still has an effect. Sure it was “chugging along” and they picked “the lesser of two evils.” But had someone had the backbone to call this out as fatally flawed, it might have gone differently.

  6. Frank says:

    Leading the charge for blending the parties is “maverick” mccain. When Republican officials do not govern by their own platform they are inviting more independent registrations. Why register Republican when Republican means less and less all the time? Expect the 2008 platform to be watered down in a vain attempt to appeal to more to independents.

    Here’s what’s so disappointing to me. The grassroots voting majority would suuport and defend the 2004 Republican platform. The majority would register and vote Republican. They would support platform Republican candidates. All of this would come to be I believe, if they read the 2004 platform. Most don’t know one exists and far fewer still ever read it.

  7. nightcrawler says:

    One of the more insightful posts in recent memory. This is absolutely true. Disenfranchised voters are leaving both parties and congregating in the middle as Independents. The question before us is…Do we really need parties any longer given the changes in technology and the fact the parties no longer truly stand for what they once did ?

  8. westsider says:

    While leadership in both parties may be to blame for some of this downturn in party affiliation, the reality is that ‘joining’ has been a downward trend for the past 30 years. “Bowling Alone” documented the societal movement toward non-affiliation with any group – churches, service organizations and political organizations. People join causes (‘save Darfur’ for example) but they do not join institutions. This is a social reality; the sooner the two political parties figure this out, the better off the nation will be.