Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Third Party Time

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is leaving the Republican Party. The Mayor is planning to remain unaffiliated with either major party, and is probably going to run for President.
With a third party in the race, the Democratic candidate's chances of winning, already strong, have just increased exponentially. It is improbable that a third party could do more than serve as a spoiler, as Ross Perot did in 1992 and 1996.

5 comments:

Candidly Caroline said...

I wonder if this will start a trend. Things like this tend to do that.

El Jefe Maximo said...

You're right, particularly when them that's been In's for awhile are getting ready to be Out's (or so the conventional wisdom runs -- and don't get me wrong, I'm agreeing for the moment).

I'm waiting for the party flippers, the Repubs crossing the aisle to be Democrats. In the late 80's and 80's there was a bit of traffic the other way, and now I expect that flow will reverse. In particular, I would look for a bunch of western Republicans, of a more libertarian persuasion, to bolt. Much depends on how the Presidential race shakes out.

louielouie said...

when mccain fails to get the repub nomination, then EJM I can post a thread "fourth party time".

louielouie said...

your wording of threa(t) was intentional.......no?

El Jefe Maximo said...

No, it was a slip...which given my ability to censor the press around here, I have corrected. What I meant to say was

And after Hilla wins, I can post a thread entitled "one party time" until they lock me up.

And I only think I'm kidding.