First, let me point out that I am not advocating that we start a third party. In fact it wasn’t even on my radar screen but apparently someone is thinking about it; namely, conservative thinkers like Tony Blankley and Sarah Palin.
Here are Tony’s thoughts on the subject from Townhall:
It would not surprise me at all to see in 2012 Sarah Palin leading a tea party campaign, Michael Bloomberg lead a middle-way third party, Feingold lead a progressive fourth party of the left, a couple of Republican Party regulars leading a rump GOP campaign, a few more GOP regulars running another rump GOP campaign — while President Obama defends what is left of the Democrats.
Perhaps the public will give the current political order one more regular cycle before breaking loose in 2014 or 2016. But the now-tested availability of the Internet as not only a fundraising device, but as an organizing mechanism really does render the political parties redundant. They exist largely out of historic habit. If they don’t deliver (or worse, if they are seen not to even try to deliver), it would not take much more political energy than now exists to just walk away from them.
And here is Sarah Palin from National Review:
In the next two years, if all we end up doing is adopting some tax hikes here, some Obama-agenda compromises there, and a thousand little measures that do nothing to get us out of the economic mess we’re in, the same voters that put the GOP in office will vote them out in the next election. If that happens, the story of 2012 may well be that of the GOP going the way of the Whigs. No, the American people are expecting us to be bold and big in our economic reform to allow the private sector to create jobs and soar!
The “GOP going the way of the Whigs?” And the internet “does render the political parties redundant.” Strong statements from those two. Of course you need to read both articles to get the full context of what Sarah and Tony are saying. But the gauntlet has been thrown down to the GOP — start treating tea party candidates with respect and start fighting the Obama agenda or else!
The Republican establishment needs to understand that we don’t want to leave the GOP and we probably won’t but with the internet it would be soooooo… easy to start a new party. I’ve even got a name for it, we could call it the Tea Party.