You're conflating the organizational problems, social problems, and legal problems surrounding the Socialist Party's demise with a Populist-Party-like absorption with the Democratic Party. It had neither the organizational structure, nor the leadership's interest in doing much more than it was doing-which was an exceptionally half-assed book tour. With the outset of the War, criticism of the government was penalized, and as such the Socialists could not stand a chance. After the Bolshevik Revolution, the Red Scare also tainted any hopes their watered-down socialism stood at gaining prominence and acceptance from the American public.Has someone not read Wilson's unpublished manuscripts leading up to his election? Has someone not studied the Progressive era where the Socialist Party was very open at that time so much so that the first socialist was elected to Congress from Wisconsin? And a man by the name of Eugene Debs, a socialist, listed on many ballots across this country representing the Socialist party on multiple occasions during the Progressive erA. But oddly (NOT REALLY) after the election of Woodrow Wilson, the Socialist party seem to disappear and the reason...they found a friend in the Democrat party.