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Philadelphia voters just elected a Whig a couple of weeks ago. I didn’t even know they still make those! I chalk it up to the Amish vote.

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  • D Lewis

    Interesting ,but the description of the Modern Whig Party as “fiscally conservative, but socially liberal ” seems a bit like the worst of both worlds to me. (“Now you can support cutting programs to help the poor, and gay marriage, too !”)

    • MarylandBill

      Isn’t that what many in the Republican Party really want to do with it?

    • Kristen inDallas

      All these words mean so little anymore… it could also refer to a desire to slash the defense-contract spending while also working to eliminate the death penalty…
      I could consider myself “fiscally conservative” in the sense that I don’t think we should waste money on stuff we don’t need (but I do think we need soup kitchens and good schools). I also could consider myself “socially liberal” in that I think we ought to stand up for the oppressed and the voiceless (especially children and the unborn).

    • Bill

      Whigs in the British sense might be best described in the American sense as Rockefeller Republicans.

      The “Whiggish” view of history was very teleological. All progress oriented to an inevitable end. Libertarianism fits with that. Atomized, self-interested to perhaps selfish. No interest in tradition.

  • PalaceGuard

    No, if it were the Amish vote, they would have elected a Bheard.