Erick Erickson: “No third party is or will ever be viable.”

Erick Erickson, the editor of and a conservative commentator for CNN, has a new book coming out. Here he gives us a sample of what to expect. He doesn’t have much good to say about the two major parties, but dismisses third parties out of hand.

They’re all terrible. All of them. Democrats. Republicans. The so called “leaders” of both parties do nothing but compromise away our freedoms. The good guys are few and far between and need reinforcements…

Therein lies the terrible conundrum for voters. We’re not choosing the lesser of two evils. We are choosing between the assorted evils of two lessers. The problem is compounded by a very simple fact: there are no betters than these two lessers. No third party is or will ever be viable. The deck is stacked against them. [emphasis mine]

Note: This is my first post at IPR. My question for Erick would be if he supports efforts to unstack the deck such as reformed ballot access laws.

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3 thoughts on “Erick Erickson: “No third party is or will ever be viable.”

  1. Jeff Williams

    One thing the Republicans and Democrats agree on is th e importance of keeping everyone else out and they’ve made it very difficult for the Constitution Party and others to be part of the competition.

    I think it was Pat Buchanon who referred to the democrats and republicans as “two wings of the same predatory bird”.

    Here in Pennsylvania, (State) Sen. Mike Folmer introduced legislation in 2009 that would make it easier for third parties to get ballot access. I believe it went nowhere.

    In today’s newspaper there was a great quote from (Greatful Dead)Gerry Garcia: “Choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”

  2. Old Rebel

    In other words, the present system guarantees that reform is impossible — by design.

    I wonder what history has to say about systems like that?

  3. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home

    Kirt Higdon on 30 Jul 2010 at 8:20 pm
    “Good work! Such a website is needed.”


    The original THIRD Party Watch was kicked off by an opinionated Republican from the suspect state of FLorida.

    Spot lighted item, Space Cadet Captain Coty Banks Quirk, the planet’s oldest living eleven year old, was allowed to continuously post with out a bi line.

    This was an unethical slant that the Pro (so called) Constitution Party article was an official TPW and or INDEPENDENT Party Report in house position.

    Ah ethics, Our side has all of it, and the other side has none ——- even when positions are switched!

    Here’s hoping IPR continues to evolve head and shoulders above the amatuer hour of THIRD Party Watch.

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