How Patronage Ruined the Democratic Party

By Jay Cost - May 25, 2012

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The following is adapted from the Conclusion of Spoiled Rotten: How the Politics of Patronage Corrupted the Once Noble Democratic Party and Now Threatens the American Republic, By Jay Cost.  The story told here is not a tale of right and wrong. There are no good guys and bad guys, heroes and villains, in this account. American politics is regularly cast in such moralistic terms, but that has...

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