Americans Want a Third Party?
Politico reports on yet another public opinion poll suggesting a growing number of Americans want a third party to emerge. This one even shows a majority of Democrats and Republicans wanting an alternative:
"...for the first time in the poll’s history, when broken down by party, a majority of both Democrats and Republicans say a third party is needed."
I have to wonder what these people think this third party is supposed to do? Oh, I know: Get things done, which more than likely means adopting the more repressive polices of both major parties.
Regardless, I'm skeptical of the whole suggestion. Sure, maybe a number of people said they'd prefer a third choice, but they already have plenty of third party choices and they don't vote for them. I'm not referring to all the nut case fringe candidates, either.
As I wrote earlier this year, during last year's presidential election we had very credible candidate in past two- term governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson. Johnson was both fiscally responsible and socially tolerant, with an admirable record as Governor. Yet he only got around 1% of the vote.
I'll suggest the people in these polls don't really know what they want and probably wouldn't vote for that candidate even if they did. Why? Simplicity, as I wrote before. Rather than explain it once again, I'll simply refer you to my earlier post (Feb. 9, 2013) on why the two party system still dominates, and probably will for the foreseeable future.