McCain Predicts Third Party

McCain Predicts Third Party


So is McCain rediscovering his centrist roots after he ran to the right to secure the GOP’s nomination? Maybe he has regrets about unleashing the embarrassment that is Sarah Palin on to the world?

Whatever the reason…glad to see him come back towards the middle.

From Reuters:

The Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2008 raised the possibility of a third party about a year ago, but his comments on Tuesday suggest he has hardened his views as polls show Americans increasingly disillusioned with Washington politics.

The 75-year-old McCain may now be the most prominent politician forecasting Americans will look to another party to compete with Democrats and Republicans.

“Unless both parties change, then I think that it’s an inevitability. We aren’t doing anything for the people,” McCain said in blunt remarks at the Reuters Washington Summit.

Americans, he said, are frustrated by sluggish economic growth that has depleted their incomes while corporate executives take in massive salary bonuses.

Asked if the new option would be a centrist party, or a wing of the left or right, McCain quipped; “I think a Fed-Up Party.”

We also get to hear McCain’s opinion of the Tea Party…

“The Tea Party was a movement, not an organization, as we know. And so they’ve kind of receded. There was never any permanency to them,” he said.

Yeah, because the Koch brothers don’t have unlimited funds and can’t hide who’s actually funding this “movement” indefinitely. Otherwise they would have some permanence.

More as it develops…

  • cranky critter

    This is interesting to me for at least reasons. One, I’ve always liked McCain even though I don’t agree with him on everything, and think he’s a conservative.

    Two, I’ve been thinking for some time now that the best chance for a 3rd party of independent coalition would come with leadership from older name-brand politicians. Eminences grises who have done their time within the parties, know the flaws, and think we can do better. _AND_ who have no worries about ruining their careers because, well, “I’m old sonny, get outta my way.”

  • Shane

    The Koch brother’s money in the tea party is clear enough, but do we know if it started that way? Was the movement started by the Koch brothers, or did they pre-empt the movement in its early stages? It doesn’t change what it is today, but I’d like to know if anyone has a good link/source on the subject.

    I ask, because I don’t know how a third party would have the funds to ever compete in an election cycle. Any major funding source would likely be marginalized and/or dismissed by the major parties. I’d like to see a viable third party (strategy), but I can’t get my head around the mechanics (tactics) of how it could come to be a player in American politics.

  • mw

    “Psychological projection or projection bias is a psychological defense mechanism where a person subconsciously denies his or her own attributes, thoughts, and emotions, which are then ascribed to the outside world, usually to other people. Thus, projection involves imagining or projecting the belief that others originate those feelings.” – Wiki

    Just sayin’ Justin – you appear to be attributing views to McCain that sound a lot more like you than McCain. There is nothing in this piece that sounds any different than the usual classic McCain curmudgeondry, typical sound bites from the grumpiest man in the Senate. Now that Andy Rooney is gone, I think McCain is now our National Designated Curmudgeon.

    We don’t need McCain to tell us there will be a third party. We know for a fact that there will be third party entry on the 2012 ballot. Americans Elect has all the shielded 501c4 big money it needs to get on the ballot on all 50 states. The real question is whether we will have a credible 4th or 5th party entry comprised of splinters from the left and right.

    I have to say, this is a very smart way for AE to go about this (unlike their prior Unity08 effort). Getting a slot on all 50 states ballots is a huge hurdle for third parties. There will be plenty of candidates who are salivating to put their name in that 3rd party slot on the ballot. It’s like throwing blood in the water for circling sharks and the biggest shark in the 3rd party water is Bloomberg.

    As I’ve said before, it looks like the AE effort is an orchestrated effort of the Bloomberg, by the Bloomberg and for the Bloomberg. He’ll want to make it look like he is reluctantly running to fill the “Fed Up” Party gap, but reading his twitter stream in recent months, there is no doubt in my mind that he is already running hard. If you really want a third party in ’12, good news. You’ll have the best third party money can buy.

  • Ben Summers

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  • Mike A.

    Once bitten, twice shy. McCain is an opportunist. As he showed how his political views morphed during the presidential election, so he shows it now when the 2 party system appears fundamentally broken. Lived in AZ for 15 years, voted for him twice and was glad to have him. But local politics doesn’t always translate to presidential politics, and I don’t believe he’s presidential material.

  • khaki

    Best halfhearted attempt to ingratiate himself while selling out his principles: “Build the dang fence.”