On a reader’s blog at Talking Point Memo, clearthinker has opened a discussion seeking input from supporters of third parties on the advantages of third party strategy and alternatives to the Democratic Party. As of this posting, there are only sixteen comments on the thread, and only a few of these are from third party supporters. Clearthinker writes:
There has been much talk about people being dissatisfied with the two major parties (Dem and GOP) — and, in fact, those parties have much in common. So people are talking about a “real” liberal party (much the same way as some want a “real” conservative party on the right).
If a third party can make a major challenge to the major party, it will have to have some sort of appeal from its planks. My question: What is the 3rd party you would identify with? You will need to justify your response. It’s easy to say “I’m Green”… but why? I get that you aren’t Dem or GOP, but why not Peace and Freedom or Democrat Socialist of America?
I’m asking because I don’t believe any of these 3rd parties are any better defined than the present Democrat party. I would like to generate a discussion showing the parties and why there is one party that disenfranchised Dems should join. Show us the light!
An influx of IPR commenters at TPM could form the basis of a fruitful discussion. As clearthinker asks: show them the light!