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Third Party?

It looks like Erick Erickson, the founder of the website, doesn’t feel particularly Red (as in Republican) right now. In an editorial published Wednesday, he says:

Having been an elected Republican and someone who routinely takes the position of supporting conservatives in primaries and Republicans in general elections, the Mississippi race does crystalize for me the desires of many to start a third party. In essence, tea party activists are the RINOs. A Republican Party campaigning on making the Senate “conservative,” used liberal Democrats to preserve an incumbent Republican and defeat a conservative. The actual conservatives are the outsiders with the GOP establishment doing all it could to preserve its power at the expense of its principles.

The problem for those who call themselves Republicans is that it is harder and harder to say exactly what a Republican is these days. The great lesson from Mississippi is that Republican means, more or less, that if elected the party will reward its major donors, who are just different than the Democrats’ major donors. Policy differences are about different donors, not an actual agenda to shift the country in a different direction.

The Republicans have become the party of lobbyists, most of whom were on twitter celebrating their purchase.

Mississippi is a crystalizing election in that sense. Cochran is, for all intents and purposes, a marionette. His strings are pulled by staffers and lobbyists. They drop him onto the stage of the Senate and pull up a string to raise his hand. These puppeteers are so invested in keeping their gravy train going that they will, while claiming to be Republicans, flood a Republican primary with Obama voters to ensure their gravy train continues.

There’s more…

But to me, it sounds like Erickson is bemoaning the same problem that bothers many liberals — that there is just too much damn money in politics. So would he consider teaming up with progressives who want campaign finance reform? That would be an interesting partnership.

In the end, Erickson concludes:

I’m just not sure what the Republican Party really stands for any more other than telling Obama no and telling our own corporate interests yes. That’s not much of a platform.



  1. Arthanyel wrote:

    One can only hope. The splintering of the Republican Party can only be good news. Eric is somewhat correct on one point – the main difference between the Democratic Establishment and the Republican Establishment is which oligarchs own them. That said, at least the Democratic oligarchs are a bit more motivated to help the middle class.

    And until we fix campaign finance and implement non-partisan districting picking which oligarchs win may be our only option.

    Clinton / Warren 2016!

    Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 7:26 am | Permalink
  2. westomoon wrote:

    I’m much struck by this, and by the spiteful comments of the losing Tea Party candidate in MS.

    Clearly, these folks don’t understand their own State’s longstanding open-primary process — not surprising, since one of the chief hallmarks of the Tea Party seems to be a profound ignorance of the laws and culture they live in.

    Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 11:19 am | Permalink
  3. ebdoug wrote:

    Just Warren

    Friday, June 27, 2014 at 4:36 am | Permalink
  4. Iron Knee wrote:

    In the same race, remember the Tea Party officials who were charged with conspiring to take photos of Senator Thad Chchran’s wife, who has dementia, inside of a nursing home, where she is receiving hospice care? The photos were briefly used in an anti-Cochran political video.

    Well, one of them has supposedly committed suicide.

    Friday, June 27, 2014 at 1:30 pm | Permalink
  5. Jon wrote:

    Agreed… that’s NOT much of a platform.

    Here’s an idea: Rather than making elections about who is most conservative or who is most liberal, what if we elected representatives based on their ability to actually GOVERN? As in, “GOVERNment.”

    Posturing may give people warm fuzzy feelings about what we’d like to happen if we had a perfect one-sided world, but it doesn’t seem to get anything done.

    Regardless of affiliation, true moderates tend to be those with the least backing from extreme interests, and I’ll vote for the moderate who can close on effective legislation EVERY time.

    Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 12:58 pm | Permalink