Yesterday, Lynn Woolsey paid a visit to The Press Democrat and the possibility came up of a viable third party in 2012. Soon after Jim Judd came out with his own perspective on his blog. In a nutshell, the incumbent said she thinks there will be three parties: conservatives, moderates, and progressives. The 6th District challenger wrote that he sees the middle 60%, which feels unrepresented, coming forward as a “third party” right now and exerting their power against the extremes on the left and the right in 2010.
Today, I was following a link trail regarding one of Lynn Woolsey’s fellow travelers in the House, Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), and came across a comment that is pertinent to statements of both our congressional candidates. “Joe” posted this on April 17 of last year:
Thank you for your post about Rep. Jan Schakowsky. I am a registered Democrat who has voted 100% Democrat in every local and national election since 1980. I lived in New Jersey for most of my life, but moved to Florida just over two years ago. I voted a solid Republican ticket in the recent general election because I am unhappy with the direction of the Democratic party. I was a ” PUMA ” Democrat who supported Hillary Clinton in the Florida Democratic primary. Since the primary debacle, I have opened my eyes to the ways of the Democratic primary, and it’s not a pretty sight. I am still registered as a Democrat, but that will probably change in the future. I do not see myself registering as a Republican at this time. What I hope to be able to do sometime in the future is join a national political party that has a sensible agenda that represents the common man, not the well-connected. Until then, I will vote against the un-American socialist agenda that the current administration is trying to shove down our throats. I appreciate my fellow Americans who bring to light the fallacies of the Obama administration and all those that promote him. I am truly ashamed of the Democrats, and hope that the American voters repudiate them in the 2010 elections.
This is how so many feel. Here is a Democrat who was (and surely still is) thoroughly turned off by his own party’s extremism. He was looking for a third party then that would really represent the “common man.” He, like so many of us, understands that what has been happening is Washington D.C. is not beneficial or benevolent to us. He wants something different, something clean of the corruption and self-interest that has riddled both major parties. So do most Americans.
But to cleanse Congress of the people who represent themselves and not their constituents, we voters have to act. We cannot sit back and do nothing. And we certainly can’t just keep re-electing the same politicians who legislate failed policies and force their agendas on us. We have to elect new representation. So, let’s go out and do that in this election.