Could Abramoff Lead To A Third Party?
While he has the GOP in losers, and some specific names, he doesn't count the Democrats as winners on this, based on the publics feelings about corruption. He does think they'll do better because of it, though, which is a realistic possibility, if they handle it right.
Screaming on the culture of corruption isn't going to be the tact they need to take. What they need to do is roll the heads of any Democrat, even Harry Reid, who's implicated, so show they are more serious on ethics than the GOP. It will be tough on them, they may lose some rather big names, but that would make a huge impact on public perception of their party.
One of his big winners is the idea of a third party, lead by McCain and Lieberman, with Russ Feingold and Wes Clark in the cabinet.
I don't think they would win an election in 2008, though starting a party based on the more conservative government principles of McCain and Lieberman wouldn't be a bad idea. The problem is where they'd go on the social aspects of politics that Feingold stands for?
What that type of party would probably do in 2008 is what Ross Perot did in 1992 and 1996, split off enough of the vote from others to get us a president elected by plurality. To make a true difference, they'd need to draft enough folks in congress in 2006 to switch to their third party to screw up the majorities in the House and Senate. Then in 2008 they might have a chance.
I'm all for a Fiscally conservative, socially moderate third party. It would reflect the views of a lot of America, instead of the two "take it or leave it" parties we have now. It would also cause the other two parties to start working for someone other than themselves, which is what Abramoff has shown they are doing.
If you are interested in who's getting what from Abramoff, Opensecrets has a list of which party got how much since 1999. The two Democratic Campaign Committes (Senatorial and Congressional) are numbers 3 and 4 on the list with nearly $800,000 between them.
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