‘The New Yorker”s Hendrik Hertzberg examines New York’s history of fusion on his blog

Inspired by a discussion on the National Popular Vote Plan, Hendrik Hertzberg recently wrote a blog post about third parties in New York state and the state’s practice of fusion, in which more than one party can endorse one candidate.  Tied in with the history is Hertzberg’s personal history, as his father was a key official in the Liberal Party during the 1950s.  You can read the full piece here, and an excerpt below.

Nowadays I sometimes vote for Democratic candidates on the ballot line of the Working Families Party, which rose to fill the spot the Liberals once occupied. The WFP helps keep the Democrats from wandering off into Lieberman-land. That’s the theory, anyhow, and so far it also appears to be the practice.

The New York system—Two Parties Plus, you might call it—is a distant cousin of instant-runoff voting, which, if you’ve read this far, you probably know I’m a big fan of. Opinions differ about whether 2P+ (get it?) is a Good Thing or a Bad one. From the left, Huffpo’s Dan Collins opts for Bad, arguing that “the whole cross-endorsement system is an invitation to corruption.” From the (sane) right, Harry Siegel and Fred Siegel of the Manhattan Institute’s City Journal don’t like it, either; in their view, its effect is mainly to leave the city at the mercy of Bloombergian billionnaires on the one hand and public-employee unions (which provide the WFP’s muscle) on the other.

7 thoughts on “‘The New Yorker”s Hendrik Hertzberg examines New York’s history of fusion on his blog

  1. clay

    I’m not a fan of fusion. I think it should be allowed. But too often it’s abused. It’s interesting in New York. We get all these small local races where four parties will nominate the same candidate. Huh? What’s the point?

  2. Ian Wilder

    Fusion should be outlawed. It clogs the ballot with the same 2 corporate candidates over and over again, and pushes independent candidates to the bottom.

  3. Good luck ----- on the current corrupt system .... Lake

    More New York State: Charles Barron files for third party NY Governor run
    kwilder | August 16, 2010 at 11:09 pm | Tags: Charles Barron, Common Sense Party, Eva Doyle, Freedom Party, Jason D. Jordan, Jason Jordan, NY Governor, Ramon Jiminez, Warren Redlich | Categories: 3rd party, Ballot issues, Election 2010, Green Party, New York State Politics, News, governor, grassroots democracy, howie hawkins, local, new york, politics, progressive politics, third party | URL: http://wp.me/pnWU-4sh

    Tomorrow, Tuesday, August 17, 2010 is the last day for statewide candidates to file for the 2010 elections in New York. Petitions are expected in Albany from Warren Redlich (the Libertarian candidate whose campaign says they have more than enough signatures), Howie Hawkins (the Green Party candidate), their respective slates, and other candidates.

    Newly listed at the NY State Board of Elections web-site was Charles Barron, running on the FDM, “Freedom Party” line. Running along with Charles Barron will be: Eva M. Doyle for Lieutenant Governor and Ramon J. Jiminez for Attorney General. Read more of this post

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  4. Good luck ----- on the current corrupt system .... Lake

    More New York State, and the WONDERFUL *sarcasm* behavior of Dems [and GOP ……..]

    NY Post & Cuomo (via NT2: Nec Temere, Nec Timide) wilderside

    | August 16, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Categories: News | URL: http://wp.me/pnWU-4s7

    “The Post sharply criticized Cuomo for attending Charlie Rangel’s fund raiser/birthday party.

    The editorial board called him “two-faced” for claiming to be a reformer and outsider, while cozying up to Rangel, who is now a national symbol for ethical lapses.

    And, this morning, the Post noted how Cuomo’s anti-Albany message may work against his fellow Dems.

    This certainly isn’t a revelation, but the mere fact that it was laid out in such stark terms certainly doesn’t help Cuomo. ”

    The other day, a New York Post editorial writer announced that he was leaving the newspaper to join the seminary.

    Speaking of his spiritual and journalistic callings, he said: “Comfort the afflicted, and afflict the comfortable.”

    The only problem with that construct is that the Post editorial board, until recently, hadn’t done anything to afflict the heretofore very comfortable Andrew Cuomo.

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