Who would have thought? Here is a link to a NY Times Opinion piece, “Are Republicans Ready to Join a Third Party?” by JULEANNA GLOVER discussing the idea of a 3rd party in the middle. I would have thought it would have come more from the Democrats, but it could be that a 3rd party would appeal to the moderates in both parties. Wow!
Unimaginable #7: 2018 is an election year, will the Republicans keep their majorities? A surprise 3rd party–USA gets a “Macron Effect!” The Macron effect in the USA? Unimaginable! A third party emerges from nowhere and takes both established parties by storm. Washington gets new meaning.
“And if surveys have any truth to them, plenty of Americans are ready to join them. A September Gallup poll found 61 percent of American voters support the idea of a third major political party, the highest level of support Gallup had ever recorded. Young voters seem especially eager to junk the two-party system; NBC reported in November that 71 percent of millennials want another choice.”
“A viable third-party candidate — say, someone with credibility inside one of the parties who bolts from it — would have appeal to voters across the spectrum. There are many Republicans wary of a second term for Mr. Trump, and yet right now they are entirely reliant on the Democrats to deliver a winning centrist candidate out of a primary process that almost made Bernie Sanders their 2016 nominee. A contest between Mr. Trump and a liberal Democratic candidate like Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts would leave the middle up for grabs. And a big contingent of politically orphaned political strategists, academics and donors would be ready to lend support.”
“Will outraged voters fall in line behind a resurgent Democratic Party or fuel the rise of a new major party? Abraham Lincoln was the last representative of a new political party to be elected president. He won in 1860 as the nominee of the anti-slavery Republican Party after he gained notice for his debates with Stephen Douglas during his 1858 Senate run.”
“In the post-Trump world of American politics, there are all kinds of potential candidates who make sudden sense. Those quixotic enough to daydream about a new political party aren’t foolish enough to envision a candidacy driven by policy papers or party platforms. Personality and principles — either adoration or abnegation thereof — will propel the election of the next president.”
“Red” states continue to lag behind “blue” states in labor force participation, which may further exacerbate the nation’s political polarization. Here is the employment/population ratio.
Source: @IIF, @RobinBrooksIIF, @josephncohen; Read full article / WSJ-The Daily Shot
US Jobs:Americans with higher incomes believe that there are tons of jobs available in their area. Lower-income workers are less convinced.
Source: The PEW Research Center / WSJ-The Daily Shot