Thursday, July 31
Disaffection with the Major Parties
Could a third or fourth party candidate really determine the outcome of the upcoming presidential race? If history and the current disaffection with the Republican and Democratic nominees are any indication, the answer is a resounding "Yes! Absolutely!" Indeed, according to a recent Pew Research Center Survey, the weakness of both the McCain and Obama candidacies is unprecedented. And according to an article in today's New York Times, candidates like Chuck Baldwin (Constitution), Ralph Nader (Independent), Bob Barr (Libertarian), and Alan Keyes (Independent), and wild cards like Michael Bloomberg and Ron Paul could make a real difference come November. Although it is not likely that a third party candidate can yet win, they certainly have moved beyond the mere symbolism of "protest support."