Are Third Party Candiates Winning?

Americans are simply fed up! Fed up with a snarky duplicitous media. Fed up with unresponsive government. Fed up with a disconnected ruling class. Fed up with mealy mouth self-serving politicians. And for that matter, fed up with both major political parties.

Both the Democrat and Republican Parties are in crisis. The Democrat Party has a candidate they love that probably can’t win and the Republican Party has a candidate they loathe that probably can’t lose.

Both Democrat and Republican Party identification is declining. In general, voters are at least disenchanted, many are dissatisfied and frustrated, and more than a few are livid. More discontent than liberals, large numbers of conservatives would abandon the GOP for another viable party in a New York minute.

The Democrat problem is mostly that they have become the Socialist Party but have just not admitted it yet. While most Democrats are perfectly fine with socialism, even they are surprised at how quickly their base is lurching left. Poor Hillary is limping along as quickly as possible to keep up with her main rival.

Bernie Sanders may actually win several Democrat primaries and he is not even a Democrat! He is officially an Independent, an unabashed socialist independent. The Democrat Party may wish to cling to some modicum of moderation or some veil of left-of-center party, but their base is leaving the Democrat establishment in the Marxist dust.

The Republican problem is mostly that they are becoming your father’s Democrat Party; the GOP likes to sing conservative hymns, but falls down trying to dance conservative dances if they even take the floor. This tale is getting tiresome. Conservatives led by the Tea Parties rally to elect Republicans election after election to advance the conservative agenda; and nothing.

The 2010 House landslide failed to even dent Obamacare and the 2014 Senate drubbing failed to even slow down one illegal immigrant. With unconcealed consternation and some surprise, conservatives have discovered that whether Paul Ryan, John Boehner, or even Nancy Pelosi, it doesn’t matter; we get the same big government big spending bills and budgets. The last Omnibus Funding Bill pretty much proved that.

Conservative frustration has boiled into fury. Senator Jeff Sessions noted as much when he said “voters are in open rebellion.” Voters are angry about the lack of conservative progress, but even more so they resent the lack of choice. Disdained by elite Republicans, conservatives have nowhere to go.

Many more conservatives than pundits imagine would dump the GOP, but Third Parties are taboo. They’ve never won and they just split the vote handing unearned victories to thinly disguised socialists. But what if there was a viable Third Party?

Perhaps there is. For all practical purposes, Donald Trump has run an insurgent third party campaign within the Republican ranks. Everyone especially elite Republicans complain Trump is not a “real” Republican. Probably not, but Trump doesn’t really care about party he cares about winning.

The GOP establishment doesn’t realize how much their miserable record and indifference to their base has weakened them. Trump is pulling off a coup and commandeering the GOP for his own Trump Third Party.

Democrats may smirk about the Trump phenomenon, but they are also losing to an inside third party run. The only difference is the Democrat establishment is unbothered by Bernie’s looney left ideas, but Democrat elite will certainly chaff at relinquishing or sharing power with an aging socialist independent upstart.

The two party system has failed, but it’s almost impossible to dismantle. Reform efforts have only worked the edges. Big government establishment in both parties lives on, but perhaps we are witnessing hostile takeovers.

“For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed, lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.” Matthew 13:15

Pete Riehm is the host of Common Sense Radio heard 8pm every Thursday on FMTalk106.5 or streaming at Email him at or on Twitter @PeteRiehm or visit


daniel tucker2016-02-21 20:13

Pete, I believe the people are speaking...but will it be enough.