Generic Political Parties
The leaves are changing and it’s full-swing silly season, so my Delaware County, PA district’s Republican congressman has supporters with yard signs calling him “Independent for US” without mention of his actual party affiliation. Just a few miles to our southwest in Maryland, Michael Steele, the Republican candidate for the Senate has signs that say “Steele Democrat.” Of course, both could be exclused by recognizing that “trademark” terms like “independent” or “democract” have generic, descriptive meanings in addition to their ballot-related meaning. Steele’s folks also argue that “Democrat” is a noun identifying his supporters in the opposing party. Of course, in Republican-friendly districts, Democrats could probably call themselves “republican” to the extent that they oppose monarchical tendencies in our government. (Or they could educate a lot more folks about Plato, Madison and Sunstein.)
While legal enforcement is an option to deal with this confusion, I wonder if it would be better to simply encourage less-generic political party names? “Blue JFK”, “Red Reagan” or even Connecticut-for-Lieberman?