This is probably as bad a time as any for a third party to form, no Seekerof? Look at how they have done well in the past. The
was able to rally support through demagogery and a few critical issues, but
that only got it success for local and state elections. No Third Party now seems to be interested in that, they all want national results. Or look
at the Bull Moose Party, that was largely successful because of Roosevelt's backing, but I don't see any widely popular person taking over any Third
Also, look at the two "big" names in third partys today, the REform party and the libertarian party. The reform party was utterly destroyed , with
Buchannan splitting it, and a large number of its members moving to the Natural Law party, a swamiist "maharishi school of politics" type of party.
And buchannan doesn't seem to be interested in reviving the reform ticket. Then we have the libertarians, who seem to be saying everything that
people don't want, people want
a large, intrusive, interfereing and expensive government.
We also have the green party, but this is little more than a one plank platform, that is environmentalism, and the public just doesn't care.
On the other hand, the European Green party seems more like it could work in the US, and at least it has a history of getting invovlved in local and
provincial governments, rather than wasting time on things like presidential elections.
Another issue is, what woudl a third party advocate? Usually, a third party would have to engage in demagogery and populism, so something like
chavez's anti-american platform could possible work, especially if it was presented as 'anti-globalism
'. THe american public likes
capitalism, more or less, but isn't happywith globalism (which, of course, is contradictory). There are also some
that are about to happen to the american public, wrt economics, so
possibly and anti-globalist, protectionist, nationalist sort of party could make some headway. Interestingly, with the widespread support in the US
for big government and social programs, any socializing might also be big, so we have that old combination of nationalism and socialism that might
stand a chance of being the 'next big thing'. Considering that we just rejected a major ports deal entirely based upon the race of the buyers, and
that there is a near panic over foreigners comming over 'our' borders, this mix is already starting to look familiar.
BUt that is probably something of an exxageration.