WSJ: Expect a Third Party Presidential Candidate in 2012

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?

Via Memeorandum.


  1. I have heard a statement from Ron Paul that he has not considered running as an independent...
    Click here @8:45 on the time bar.

  2. A right-of-center third party candidate would hand it to Obama.

  3. "... a solid majority of Americans are now looking for alternatives to the two-party system..."

    This is no surprise given the corruption and failure of both parties over the last few decades.

    Change scars people. They will hold to what is understood and comfortable until it becomes so egregiously bad and corrupt they finally decide not to take it any longer.

    Tic Toc, Tic Tok, Tic Toc....

  4. RK -- Indeed and so will a liberal-squish republican (like Mitt Romney)that fails to get out the independent, tea party vote.


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