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Monday, February 10, 2020

Just Third Way Videocast: Third Party 2020?

We continue our series of "video podcasts" covering subjects of interest to the Just Third Way (if not always from a Just Third Way perspective) with a look at the election of 1912, the last time a "third party candidate" gave the two major parties a serious run for the money.  The "Bull Moose" (Progressive Party . . . which used to mean something good) candidate Theodore "Don't Call Me Teddy" Roosevelt very nearly won over the Democratic candidate Woodrow "In the Pocket of Wall Street" Wilson.

Although this video is a "little" bit superficial and glib, it does underscore the fact that (despite contemporary and conventional wisdom) a third party wasn't always a death wish, and in fact a number of presidents have been from third parties.  Did you know, for instance, that the venerable G.O.P. originally formed as a third party as the Whig Party was finally hitting the skids?