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December 03, 2013


Where are the Independent Candidates?

First Read: "Today, there's a very frustrated American public that's disillusioned with the president, angry at an ineffective Congress, turned off by a seemingly intolerant Republican Party that's unwilling to govern, and fed up with a Democratic Party that's had difficulty governing. There's a crisis in confidence and competence that's hurting everyone, and that requires some serious soul-searching by Washington's politicians and both major parties. Yes, perhaps President Obama's low approval ratings enable the GOP to win back the Senate. And yes, perhaps the public's dissatisfaction with the GOP -- as well as the country's changing demographics -- make Democrats the front-runners to hold the White House in 2016."

"But something larger is going on here, which could upend everything and produce unintended consequences. If there were serious independent candidates running for the House and Senate in 2014, they would get serious looks; interestingly, though, very few legitimate indie candidates have popped up yet. But don't be surprised if by the spring of 2014, there are a slew of semi-serious indie candidates in enough places to wreak some havoc."












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