The weak party of the two-party system has failed three times before, the Federalists, the National Republicans, and the Whigs. This total failure will take longer, but it is no less real. Republicans lost as a party because they were runaway slave hunters for the Democratic Party in keeping independent voters on the Democratic plantation. Independent voters passed Democrats in numbers in 2009. Republicans should have seen the obvious. If there were independent candidates who called themselves progressives, then Republicans should have encouraged them, because the split in the progressive vote would have strengthened the Republican Party. Instead, Republicans helped pass laws to prevent independents from being candidates.