That Old Third Party Buzz

by Ryan on March 13, 2012

in Election 2012,Politics

On my way home from work tonight, I caught a bit of Hannity on the radio where he, Doug Schoen, and Ed Rollins spoke about the potential for a third party run, possibly by Jon Huntsman (who mentioned that potential and apparently got disinvited from the RNC).  The two Republicans thought a third party would hurt the GOP, whereas the Dem thought it would hurt Obama.

It would hurt the GOP.

Every time there’s third party buzz I think of two things:  Reagan’s 1975 CPAC speech and Mike’s old assertion that the GOP is the “stupid” party (in contrast to the Dems being the “evil” party).  Reagan saying that we need a bold second party and Mike reminding us that the GOP enjoys jumping on swords and flagellation even when it’s unnecessary.

Today, we have a big government party and a bigger government party.  What we need is a “limited” government party beyond the platitudinous rhetoric.  The young blood GOP kind of articulates those sentiments, but then again Dubya and a Republican Congress spent more on domestic programs than anyone since LBJ!  So, the GOP has earned the public’s mistrust.  Until they get back that trust I believe a third party will always harm the GOP more than the Dems.

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Mike March 14, 2012 at 10:48 am

A third party wouldn’t necessarily hurt the GOP more. Obviously, it would depend on who ran as a third party.

You’re right that the establishment in both parties favor a bigger government. But to whom does Huntsman appeal? Liberals with inflated views of their own intelligence, and possibly some swing voters who pay attention to politics for about 2 days every 4 years. In other words, Obama’s base. Ron Paul? Anti-war hippies and internet spammers. Again, Obama’s base.

If the third party was someone like Fred Thompson or Sarah Palin, different story.


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