Tag Archives: Thomas Friedman

Washington Post Columnist Calls for Centrist Third Party Movement

From Matt Miller at the Washington Post via Third Party and Independent Daily:

I’m a Clinton White House alum who had hoped President Obama could usher in the debate we need. It’s hardly all his fault that we’re not there, but I’m convinced the parties’ interest groups and “thought police” make real progress impossible without a new force that shakes things up.

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The Green Party responds to Thomas Friedman in a letter to the editor

The following letter to the editor, responding to Thomas Friedman’s recent call for a “radical centrist” third party, was printed in the New York Times.

To the Editor:

In his call for a third party, Thomas L. Friedman writes about a “radical center” between Democrats and Republicans.

But instead of a gap I see an overlap, occupied by politicians who, in the name of moderateness and bipartisanship, are willing to keep our health care under the control of insurance companies, send taxpayer-funded bailouts to Wall Street, compromise with polluters on measures to curb global warming and cede constitutional war powers to the White House.

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Nate Silver On The Potential For A Third Party Presidential Campaign

Statistical guru Nate Silver weighs in on the brouhaha in the blogosphere since Thomas Friedman posted his op-ed on the idea of a third party candidacy in 2012 (for a second time).

There have been 16 Presidential elections since World War II: in only one instance, 1992, was there a third-party candidate (H.

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Thomas Friedman in the NY Times: 2012 could be the right time for a third party

From today’s New York Times Op-Ed page:

There is a revolution brewing in the country, and it is not just on the right wing but in the radical center. I know of at least two serious groups, one on the East Coast and one on the West Coast, developing “third parties” to challenge our stagnating two-party duopoly that has been presiding over our nation’s steady incremental decline…

We have to rip open this two-party duopoly and have it challenged by a serious third party that will talk about education reform, without worrying about offending unions; financial reform, without worrying about losing donations from Wall Street; corporate tax reductions to stimulate jobs, without worrying about offending the far left; energy and climate reform, without worrying about offending the far right and coal-state Democrats; and proper health care reform, without worrying about offending insurers and drug companies.

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Thomas Friedman calls for a moderate third party and instant runoff voting, in so many words

In an oped piece in today’s New York Times, columnist Thomas Friedman calls for the formation of a new moderate third party and some form of ranked choice voting across the nation to “break the oligopoly of our two party system.”  It’s notable that Friedman is calling for these two things. … Read more ...