in U.S. history, term used early in the 20th cent. to designate conservatives in the Republican party as against the InsurgentsInsurgents,
in U.S. history, the Republican Senators and Representatives who in 1909–10 rose against the Republican standpatters controlling Congress, to oppose the Payne-Aldrich tariff and the dictatorial power of House speaker Joseph G. Cannon.
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 or progressive Republicans. The term is said to have originated in Mark Hanna's remark concerning an election—all that was necessary for Republican success was, in poker parlance, to "stand pat."
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Huntington distinguishes three distinct groups of post-communist leaders: first, the "standpatters", or those leaders who are primarily concerned with keeping the old communist order and system alive; second, the "liberal reformers", such as Shevardnadze, who are not averse to restructuring the political system, but only with a degree of caution; and third, the "democratic reformers", or those leaders that demand total divergence from the communist past, such as Saakashvili.
reformers and standpatters (WHAT'S A STANDPATTER?) in the old regime, as well as moderates and radicals in the opposition whereas my typology is more concerned with the overall dynamics of the process.
But when advocates in education work to conserve effective schools and educational practices and to protect them from rash experiments, such educational conservationists are often dismissed as standpatters, foes of progress.
Both standpatters and reformists coexist in the DPJ, too.
I love anim - TR: The Standpatters controlled the Hill in my day.
The Standpatters are feeling the heat from their land-grabbing pals, who can't abide the right of plain people to wide-open spaces.
It is ill-advised to wait as the system deteriorates at an increasingly rapid rate until the crisis that the Study Committee described becomes apparent to even the standpatters of today.
To illustrate, Theodore Roosevelt was constrained by a Congress in which Republican "standpatters" dominated, and Woodrow Wilson could lead only so long as the congressional Democrats supported his initiatives.
29), for example, the success of democratization hinges largely on the ability of "liberal reformers" within the government to outmaneuver the standpatters.
But liberalized authoritarianisms turn out to be inherently unstable, dividing regimes between standpatters, who want to re-create the status quo ante, and reformers, who want to continue liberalization.
Transplacements occur only when reformers are stronger than standpatters in the government and moderates are stronger than extremists in the opposition.