Friday, June 02, 2006

Unity 08: Waters Being Tested For Possible Third Party

Here is an article by Peggy Noonan found in today's Opinion Journal, entitled Third Time. (HT: RCP)

Unity 08 sounds like it is intended to explore the possibility of launching a bipartisan third party, if neither of the two major parties, is willing to listen to the will of the people. I am not sure if they are the answer or not, but it's being looked at as an option for disgruntled voters.

As you know the crack staff of one here at PYY has been posing the question about both the possibility and the feasibility of a viable third party, for some time now.

Is It Time For A Third Party?

2. What It Takes To Build A Viable Third Party:

Part I, Part II, and Part III.

And what issue is primarily driving this restlessness and disillusion?


Homeland Security and the passive manner in which this war in Iraq has been conducted are also important. But immigration is the hot button issue that really resonates with 80% of the population.

Here are some observations by Peggy worth mentioning:

The partisanship has gotten deeper as less separates the governing parties in Washington.
Poignant, very poignant.

Although the parties aren't much different (we see that in the ourage shown by members of Congress over the Jefferson office raid by the FBI), they are more polarized than ever before. And it does get serious, at times.

The fact is, they are closer in ideology than they present to be.

...people see the Republicans as incapable of managing the monster they've helped create--this big Homeland Security/Intelligence apparatus that is like some huge buffed guy at the gym who looks strong but can't even put on his T-shirt without help because he's so muscle-bound. As for the Democrats, who co-created Homeland Security, no one--no one--thinks they would be more managerially competent. Nor does anyone expect the Democrats to be more visionary as to what needs to be done. The best they can hope is the Democrats competently serve their interest groups and let the benefits trickle down.

That's the dilemma we face. It's a toss-up at times.

The GOP isn't doing what it promised to do, but the Dems are not stepping up to the plate and capitalizing on their ineptness and open refusal to listen, to the people that put them there. The Dems are actually scarier than the GOP, otherwise, midterms would be a slam dunk. Both are incompetent, but one is much more incompetent than the other. Both are not good for America, right now. But one will screw it up slower than the other.

It ought not to be that way.


G_in_AL said...

You running?

seriously, I'd vote for any viable third party next election cycle. As long as they didnt go further right or further left than the two dino's in power now. I'd take some wishy-washy "flip-flopping" third party that was actually trying to cater to American, rather than the specail interests.

Always On Watch said...

Immigration is THE issue!

I'm ready to vote for a third-party candidate. The two main parties are pissing me off!

LASunsett said...

No G. I will not ever run for public office. If the press ever finds out about that weekend weekend in Tijuana, it will be the end of my campaign. ;)

LASunsett said...


Immigration is THE issue!

It is the one hot-button issue until it gets under control. People are tired of not being listened to.

gandalf said...

We in the UK are asking the same questions, the labour party has totally screwed the country with its open door policy, the UK is now the third most densly populated country in the world, this has happened over a ten year peiod, thank you Mr Blair!!!!.

Cameron and the Conservatives are more concerned about Icebergs than the UK.

The liberals are a laughing stock, the BNP is fascist, Oh boy do we need a new Party

LASunsett said...

Hi Gandalf,

Oh boy do we need a new Party

What to do, what to do? If the new party cleans house, it would be a good thing. But otherwise, it will be just another form of what we already have, after awhile.

We need statesmen and stateswomen, not more politicians.