Monday, May 08, 2006

Luntz Sees Third-Party Opportunity

In USNews "Washington Whispers" this week:

"GOP political guru Frank Luntz thinks 2008 could be the year for a third-party success, but only if the presidential candidate is a big name. The ideal guy: New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who isn't interested. Why Mike? Luntz says he's frugal with the city budget, socially liberal, and rich enough to buy the advertising it takes to win the election. Two others: Sen. John McCain and former Secretary of State Colin Powell."

h/t PoliticalWire


At 9:02 AM, Anonymous Thomas Brock said...


Even with a big name, can you see a third party winning success? The Libertarian and Green parties have both seen poor results.

At 9:06 AM, Blogger JBD said...

Thomas, I'm not convinced it could work, but it could certainly change the game. Perot got 20% in '92, and there's definitely 20% (I'd say it's probably closer to 50% or more) of people today who are totally fed up with the nonsense. It's an incredibly tough thing, and improbable ... but I can't quite bring myself to dismiss it entirely.

At 9:16 AM, Blogger Lanky_Bastard said...

It's the fiscally conservative, socially liberal part I have a hard time grasping. If there were enough voters in that demographic, one of the parties would be trying harder to win them.

At 9:49 AM, Anonymous Paul Wartenberg said...

The only third party candidate that has a chance in 2008 is this Catholic French-Irish woman known as Nun O'De Above...


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