George Will: Third-party candidates can test the political duopoly

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Found in The Oregonian

By George Will
October 23, 2013

ARLINGTON, Va. — When William F. Buckley, running as the Conservative Party’s candidate for mayor of New York in 1965, was asked what he would do if he won, he replied: “Demand a recount.” Robert Sarvis, Libertarian Party candidate for governor of Virginia, will not need to do this.

Hours before Gallup reported record nationwide support — 60 percent — for a third party to leaven politics, Sarvis was declared ineligible for the final debate for gubernatorial candidates because he fell a tad short of a 10 percent average in recent polls. None of this disturbed his leisurely enjoyment of a tuna-burger lunch before sauntering off in search of free media, about the only kind he can afford.

Equanimity is his default position and almost his political platform: Why be agitated when your frenzied adversaries are splendidly making your case about the poverty of standard political choices? The Democratic and Republican candidates, Terry McAuliffe and Ken Cuccinelli, each say no good can come from electing the other fellow; Sarvis amiably agrees with both.

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4 thoughts on “George Will: Third-party candidates can test the political duopoly

  1. DSZ

    “October 23, 2013”

    Ummm….. I thought we already discussed this article here at some point

  2. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    Yes, I know it’s old, but I have no record of it being posted here, and I thought it was interesting, since Robert Sarvis is contining to run for office.

  3. paulie

    I did a search of past articles and comments and have not found this article having ever been previously reposted at IPR.

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