Third Party Dreams For November 2010 Fade

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Once again, the structural advantages of America’s two dominant parties make it difficult for a viable third party that can really challenge the Democrats and the GOP. All the more important for us to insist on and vote for genuinely conservative Republicans!
~Eowyn 

Independents Fade as Election Nears
By Peter A. Brown – Wall St. Journal – October 18, 2010
Independent and third-party candidates for high political office are like many varieties of flowers. They bloom in the spring and die in October when conditions become much less hospitable.
From Florida to New England – where the hopes of those who want to see a third political party or independent force give the Democrats and Republicans a run for their money – this long-established pattern has shown up again in the final month of the 2010 campaign.
In Florida, Gov. Charlie Crist, who ran for the U.S. Senate as an independent when it became clear he could not win the Republican nomination, had held a lead in the polls over much of the spring and summer. Now, he finds himself trailing by double digits.
In Massachusetts, Tim Cahill, the state treasurer, was a Democrat who turned independent to run for governor. He had been competitive in the three-way race for governor earlier in the year, but now finds his chances evaporating.
In Maine and Rhode Island, independent candidates are also in the governors’ races. But there, too, the chances for a non-Democratic or non-Republican governor seem to be fading. Eliot Cutler, a former aide to President Bill Clinton, is filling the role of independent candidate for governor in Maine, while former Republican U.S. Sen. Lincoln Chafee is running as an independent in Little Rhody, where his chances of winning are perhaps the best of any independent around the country. That doesn’t count Alaska, where the situation is unclear after Sen. Lisa Murkowski lost the GOP primary for renomination and is running a write-in campaign for her seat.
Also in a special category is the Colorado governor’s race. Tom Tancredo, a former Republican congressman, jumped into the race as a third-party candidate after the GOP primary in August nominated a political newcomer, Dan Maes. The Democratic nominee, Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper, retains the lead but a recent poll had Mr. Tancredo curtting the margin to single digits.
To be clear, the tea party movement has been a major factor this election year, but generally is not running candidates for major offices against the GOP or Democrats. For the most part, the tea party folks seem to be backing Republican candidates in the general election. Although critics argue the Tea Party has forced the GOP to nominate candidates who might not be electable, its role in November, when it hopes to turn out large numbers of anti-Obama voters, is likely to be a help, not a hindrance, to the GOP.
[…] There are a number of reasons why independents historically fade as the election enters the home stretch. The Democrats and Republicans have infrastructures that help their nominees raise money, organize and turn out voters, and arrange speaking appearances. Independent candidates who can finance their campaigns out of their own pockets have a big edge, obviously. But the lesson of 2010 is that “self-funders” can use their cash to win the major party nominations so they don’t need to run as independents.
[…] Some have suggested the sizable number of challengers to Democrats and Republicans this year might inspire a serious independent or third-party effort for president in 2012. Perhaps, but the evidence of this year’s campaign isn’t likely to provide impetus for such a run.
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0 responses to “Third Party Dreams For November 2010 Fade

  1. i hope the independents stick it out and stay on the ballot. I will not be voting most incumbants back into office and neither will many others. Congress, most of the members proved they are owned by the banks when they passed the resolution to allow banks to use illegally forged documents in notarized faxed documents, which President OBAMA IMMEDIATLY VETOED . I Will not vote back into office any incumbants who voted for this illegal legislation.

     

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