I just watched the President’s weekly radio address rebroadcast on C-SPAN this morning, followed by the Democratic response from a Congressman.
As a Republican, I often wonder why third parties don’t emulate some these traditions from the major parties. It seems like a good way to gain additional acceptance and be treated on an equal footing.
A weekly radio response would be a relatively easy thing to put together. At first, the party might need to spend a little money and air the response as an advertisement — maybe on XM or some other national radio venue. After a while though, I suspect C-SPAN and other media could be convinced to begin carrying the Libertarian Response or Green Response as a matter of routine.
The big three minor parties could all use this platform. Imagine a Constitution Party radio address from State Representative Rick Jore. The Greens might tap one of their mayors or city councilmembers to deliver theirs. And the Libertarians have a similar selection of local officials, including mayor Ed Thompson or a former State Representative.
Just a thought. Does anyone know if the big minor parties have ever contemplated this idea?