I’m sure many of you wont be watching the entire livecast of the No Labels launch, but the issue of a third major party forming between the current two came up several times. A National Journal article summed up some of the comment on the subject, and related things, by Joe Scarborough, David Gergen and a few others.
MSNBC host and former Republican Congressman Joe Scarborough said it’s “inevitable” that third-party candidates will start winning — if the major parties continue to fail to tackle the national debt and energy independence.
“The practical barriers to a national third party are so substantial,” disagreed outgoing Democratic Sen. Evan Bayh (Ind.). “More likely, one of the two existing parties will get it.”
Asked to rate the partisanship in Washington on a scale of 1 to 10, Republican political analyst David Gergen pegged it at 15. He said the spirit of the World War II generation, that we are Americans first and partisans second, has been eroded.
I used to agree more with Evan Bayh, but as the years wear on, and the parties come even more under the influence of their more ideologically pure elements, Scarborough’s prediction looks more and more likely.
Definitely worth a look… and make sure to read the last two sentences for an amusing quote by yours truly (I had the pleasure of sitting in the press section, right next to this particular reporter).
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