From “The Politico's” Matthew Josepheson
Chapter 18, Page 637.
“The beautiful convenience of the American party system consisted in its reversible character: while one of its two component parts performed unpleasant tasks and so earned for inself unpopularity, the other could make ready to accept the benefits of all the negative discharges which the process rhythmically produced.”
“Between 1880 and 1896 the composition of both great professional parties was fairly identical, the difference being composed of political nuances only. The adversaries were evenly balanced and alternated regularly in control of the National Government.”