USAToday Piece On Unity '08

Chuck Raasch has a story in USAToday asking the question on whether a third party candidate could succeed in 2008. While Unity '08 is seen by many political observers as a vehicle for NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg the article floats the names of some other possible candidates who could be nominated for the ticket including Al Gore, Sandra Day O'Connor, Joe Lieberman, Chuck Hagel, Fred Thompson, and Wesley Clark.


Bailey thinks the Democrats and Republicans will have an especially vulnerable period of voter weariness and wariness between Feb. 5, when it is likely both parties will know their nominees, and the national conventions in late August and early September. So many states are moving up their primaries and caucuses to Feb. 5 -- as many as 24 may vote that day -- that it could make the Democrats' and Republicans' primary campaign a mad three-week sprint between Iowa's anticipated Jan. 16 kickoff and the Feb. 5 mega-Tuesday.

After Feb. 5, Bailey said in an interview, "there is no contest except for those two (nominees). It creates a void, if you will, where Unity '08 is the only game in town. Plus, there has historically been something called buyer's remorse that sets in after the parties have made their choices. People say, 'oh my God, did we really do that?' ... And the fact that there is, four months later, a (Unity '08) convention at which every registered voter in America, without leaving their party and their own home, can participate in nominating another ticket might seem reasonably attractive."

There are huge obstacles for any outside challenger, for sure. Getting positions on state ballots requires the gathering of tens of thousands of verifiable signatures under onerous deadlines. And, as Bailey points out, some state ballot deadlines are triggered by primary dates, meaning the push to move to Feb. 5 means Unity '08 must ramp up ballot access work in '07. And as Ross Perot's mighty flameouts proved, even well funded outsiders with mega-media coverage can have trouble winning.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/opinion/col umnist/raasch/2007-03-22-raasch-third-pa rty_N.htm

Tags: Al Gore, bluesunbelt.com, Chuck Hagel, draft, Fred Thompson, Joe Lieberman, Michael Bloomberg, Sandra Day O'Connor, third party, Unity '08, Wesley Clark (all tags)

Comments

8 Comments

by craverguy 2007-03-22 04:15PM | 0 recs
Re: USAToday Piece On Unity '08

Dear God, I hope AL Gore or Wes Clark wouldn't join Unity 08... that would probably destroy our chances to retake the White House...

Of Course Thompson or some other wingnut would be awesome to see.

by yitbos96bb 2007-03-22 06:19PM | 0 recs
Re: USAToday Piece On Unity '08

It has never been clear to me what the agenda of Unity really is.

by robliberal 2007-03-22 06:35PM | 0 recs
Re: USAToday Piece On Unity '08

I don't think any one of those people named above would join Unity 08.

Gore, Clark are solid democrats.

Hagel (antiwar and all) and Thompson solid Republicans.

O'Connor isn't political in that sense.

Leiberman, well, pretty sure he knows better.

by okamichan13 2007-03-22 07:34PM | 0 recs
Re: USAToday Piece On Unity '08

Lieberman could... but his War support is as vast as McCain's...  He would be lucky to get 3%.

by yitbos96bb 2007-03-22 09:25PM | 0 recs
Re: USAToday Piece On Unity '08

Thompson/Waterston '08

Talk about a real "Law & Order" platform!

by CLLGADEM 2007-03-23 01:36AM | 0 recs
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Yeah, think about the last time there was an actor with a SAG card in the White House.

Dr. Emmett Brown: Then tell me, "Future Boy", who's President in the United States in 1985?
Marty McFly: Ronald Reagan.
Dr. Emmett Brown: Ronald Reagan? The actor?
[chuckles in disbelief]
Dr. Emmett Brown: Then who's VICE-President? Jerry Lewis?
[later he rushes outside, down a hill and toward his laboratory]
Dr. Emmett Brown: I suppose Jane Wyman is the First Lady!
Marty McFly: [following Doc] Whoa! Wait! Doc!
Dr. Emmett Brown: And Jack Benny, the Secretary of the Treasury.

Then again, Jack Benny would be a vast improvement.

by Michael Bersin 2007-03-23 05:14AM | 0 recs
More Mindless Dreck!

The more people talk about Unity08, the more dimensions of idiocy open up.

Look at the list of names they've put together as possibilities.  Al Gore???  Anyone who suggests that Al Gore would run under such a banner has automatically marked themselves as a political illiterate, if not an outright imbecile.

They try to compensate for their exponentially increasing idiocy by coming up with new angles to sell--this time it's the possibility of a prolonged period in which the candidates are known, but not formally nominated.

What's next?  The sunspot cycle?  Numerology?

by Paul Rosenberg 2007-03-23 08:23AM | 0 recs

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