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The False Promise of a Third-Party Candidacy

November 21st, 2011

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This piece was originally posted on the Huffington Post.

You can’t win a horse race without a horse. That’s something people planning a third party campaign in 2012 need to keep in mind.

Look at what’s happening to the Tea Party movement. It doesn’t have a horse. Tea Party conservatives have been trying out a different horse every few weeks — first Michelle Bachmann, then Rick Perry, then Herman Cain, now Newt Gingrich. Each of them has stumbled.

Is there a market for a third party candidate in 2012? Absolutely. Self-described Independent voters are a growing category, more numerous than either Democrats or Republicans according to Gallup. Most voters say the country needs a third political party. Read the rest of this entry »