Joe Trippi was the consultant who built Howard Dean’s internet fund-raising operation during the 2004 Democrat primary campaign. Politico.com reports that Trippi raised the possibility of a third party challenge based on internet fund-raising at the South by Southwest interactive conference.
“This will be one of the big frontier breakthroughs for politics, either in 2012 or 2016, and my guess is it’s going to be a challenger,” Trippi said.
Trippi went on to predict that a third-party candidate will soon raise so much money through the Web that Obama’s 2008 haul will look modest by comparison.
“There’s going to be a moment, and it could be in 2012 – you know for my party’s sake, I hope it’s in 2016 – but some independent candidate is gonna just come out of nowhere and raise a billion dollars on the Internet, saying ‘screw both these parties, it’s you and me baby, let’s go change this thing.’”
Trippi predicted that this could lead to the end of the two parties…