Whip

Prediction

  1. What do you think whip means (in a political science kind of way)?

  2. Use whip in a GoPo type of sentence:

  3. Describe an example of whip (don't be cute) in current events:

  4. Find an image of whip:

 
 

Definition

A party leader who is the liaison between the leadership and the rank-and-file in the legislature. Both parties in the Senate elect whips. The term "whip" comes from a fox-hunting expression -- "whipper-in" -- referring to the member of the hunting team responsible for keeping the dogs from straying from the team during a chase. Established early in the 20th century, the development of party whips coincided with the evolution of party leaders in the Senate. Democrat James Hamilton Lewis of Illinois became the first party whip in 1913, and the Republicans established their own whip position two years later. These assistant leaders are mainly responsible for counting heads and rounding up party members for votes and quorum calls, and they occasionally stand in for the majority or minority leaders in their absence. Here's a list of all the US Senate whips ever! And here's a link to the classic new wave song by Devo, Whip it.

Sentence

The main job of the party whip is to get their party members to vote along party lines. If a congressperson does not follow the whip's lead they might not get the funding they want for the next election cycle.

Example

To fix Obamacare, the GOP needs to tackle this...

Image

Real Whip

Fake Whip

Cool Whip


Questions

  1. What is the main job of a whip?

  2. What are two things a whip could do to party rank-and-file members who do not vote along party lines?

  3. Who are the current House Republican and Democratic whips?

  4. Who picks the whips?

The Band Devo - Creators of Whip It!

The Band Devo - Creators of Whip It!