By the Left Coast Rebel
Might a third-party candidate emerge in the 2012 race?
I've suspected this to be the case, even more so after the painfully pathetic G.O.P. leadership performance (especially Good-Old-Boys-Club Speaker Boner) during the budget debacle and the debt ceiling fiasco.
Pat Caddell and Douglas Schoen writing in today's Wall Street Journal:
The United States is in the midst of what we would both call a prerevolutionary moment, and there is widespread support for fundamental change in the system. An increasing number of Americans are now searching beyond the two parties for bold and effective leadership.
A Rasmussen Reports poll conducted earlier this month found that "just 17% of likely U.S. voters think that the federal government today has the consent of the governed," while an extraordinary 69% "believe the government does not have that consent."
What's more, a poll of 1,000 Americans conducted by Douglas E. Schoen LLC in April found that a solid majority of Americans are now looking for alternatives to the two-party system. Overall, a majority (57%) of all respondents said there is a need for a third party.
There's more at the link. Unfortunately the authors mention the Trump Card -- and astute LCR readers know how idiotic his candidacy is/was.
The real question is this: if the G.O.P. nominates a squish or a corruptocrat insider will an indie-that-could-win emerge? Could it be Ron Paul (given that he doesn't earn the party's nomination?)
Who else might it be and might you support him or her?