The media responded to an announcement by Andrew Yang and Christine Whitman that they’ll form a third party (more like a fortieth party) by rolling out a barrage of attacks about how third parties don’t work.
True, they don’t. But why get so worked up over it?
The media quite enthusiastically touted “third party” runs by the libertarians and Evan McMullin against Trump, much less enthusiastically a Jill Stein candidacy.
The media is just the Democrats misspelled and tends to promote third-party runs to leech off votes from Republicans. That’s why it keeps pushing the notion of a Liz Cheney run in 2024. Should Trump not run or win the primaries, you can expect them to promote a MAGA third-party race instead.
Democrats and their media do have good reason to fear third parties.
Ralph Nader probably cost Gore the election. And Hillary was more hurt by third parties than Trump. Strategically speaking.
But with Biden, a candidate that even three-quarters of his party don’t want to see run again, as does most of the country, the Dems are now uniquely vulnerable to third parties in a way that they hoped Republicans would be.
Andrew Yang and Christine Whitman pose far more of an existential threat to the Democrats than they do to the Republicans. Especially as the GOP reconsolidates as an increasingly working-class party and the Dems as a party of elites and older black female voters.
The Democrats control the nation’s institutions and culture through the Left, yet they’re also uniquely weak and vulnerable, and fear that they’re losing their grip on the country, and they’re cursed with Biden and Kamala, who are half as popular as a leaky bag of rotten turnips. Waiting in the wings are incredibly popular candidates like Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren and Pete Buttigieg. Oh, and Gavin Newsom.
Wouldn’t you be afraid of third parties if you were in their shoes?