In addition to soaring inflation, a surge in human trafficking, soul-crushing energy prices, and the now-pervasive scent of nuclear war hanging in the air, since President Joe Biden has taken office, Americans from both sides of the political aisle have learned that a significant portion of their party — be they Democrat or Republican — no longer represent their values or care about their concerns.
Well, nature abhors a vacuum, and to fill the void, a new political party is rising from the chaos, vowing to represent “the fundamental beliefs that have historically united Americans and provided a common understanding of who we are and where we hope to go.”
No Labels — a group that promises to be a home for “independent thinkers” who “skew to the left on some issues and hew to the right on others” — has won ballot access in Colorado, Arizona, and Oregon, and the mere thought of a viable, common-sense third-party option for the 2024 presidential election has Democrats tearing their hair and gnashing their teeth.
Americans are tired. A majority believe both the Republican and Democratic parties are moving to the political extremes and a majority have unfavorable views of either party. There’s a different way out of this. https://t.co/ZJf0yPhHiP pic.twitter.com/cmtPkqKxFO
— No Labels (@NoLabelsOrg) March 6, 2023
“Criticism of the group varies between those calling it a blatant effort to hurt President Biden’s re-election chances to those calling it outright grift,” reports Fox News Digital (FND).
In a memo written this week, Third Way, a D.C.–based public policy think tank, made clear the concerns.
“Rather than producing a third-party ticket that would defy the overwhelming odds and win,” the group stated, “No Labels is on track to field a spoiler who would re-elect Trump or a Trump-like Republican.”
In the memo, first reported by Politico on Tuesday, Third Way claimed No Party’s “candidate cannot win the presidency—and, as Paul Begala noted, such a candidate ‘will succeed in electing Trump.’”
“No Labels is arguing this is a unique historical moment that gives their ‘unity ticket’ a real shot at winning the White House,” Third Way argued. “But that is an illusion. The data and historical evidence are clear: no third-party candidate would come close to winning.”
Clearly, Third Way is, in one sense, correct.
The last time a President of the United States was neither a Republican nor a Democrat was in 1850, when Millard Fillmore, a member of the Whig party, became the 13th leader of the free world.
But these are unprecedented times, and non-politically-tribal voices of reason such as Joe Rogan, Russell Brand, Eric Weinstein, and, some may now argue, Bill Maher, are resonating with an increasing number of Americans who feel betrayed by their parties.
Never in modern American history, has a viable third-party option sounded so appealing to so many.
Still, Third Way is adamant: the only thing No Labels will accomplish is the re-election of Donald Trump.
“No Labels is committed to fielding a candidate that will, intentionally or not, provide a crucial boost to Republicans – and a major obstacle to Biden,” the group warns. “As a result, they’ll make it far more likely—if not certain—that Donald Trump returns to the White House.”
But, in a statement tweeted on Thursday, No Labels dismissed their critics’ fears, claiming, “No one at No Labels has any interest in fueling a spoiler effort.”
— No Labels (@NoLabelsOrg) March 9, 2023
“At some point in the future, it could become clear that the public doesn’t want an independent ticket or that there is no path for one to win. Or we could find that there are no candidates with broad appeal or the courage to take on this challenge,” the group continued. “If that happens, No Labels will not offer our ballot line to any presidential candidate.”
But that doesn’t mean the party challengers are backing down.
“It is time for the center of this country to have a voice and a seat at the table. The commonsense majority in America is strong, growing, and ready to be heard,” No Labels stated. “Those who think otherwise are misreading the public.”
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