I’m not going to sit here and impugn either the morals or the motives of the attempted fledgling 3rd party group No Labels. After all, they’re by far not the first group to try to provide an alternative to the existing two party system. But after what I’ve read of their plans, and an interview Joy Reid just conducted with No Labels national co-founder Benjamin Chavis, former head of the NAACP, if No Labels intentionally or unintentionally hypocritical, or they’re as crazy as the old cat lady around the corner.
First things first. As Chavis said, there las long been sentiment in the American public for a viable 3rd party to provide a choice from the two party system. Problem with that? It is at its base undemocratic. Benjamin Franklin called our system of government a constitutional Republic, and the Founding Fathers specifically set up a two party system to avoid the endless gridlock of England’s Parliamentary system of government. Our system is not designed for a viable 3rd party.
And the two main parties like that system just fine. Throughout our history the two have occasionally reconstituted, or changed names, but there has always been two major parties. And the system is rigged to make it almost impossible to create a national 3rd party, especially with 50 states, all with different rules and regulations.
Now let’s talk turkey. In his interview with Reid, as well as in their rollout announcement, No Labels calls themselves a centrist bipartisan organization. OK, whatever gets you through the night. But they go on to claim credit for literally creating The Problem Solvers Caucus as well as bringing together centrist Senators in both parties in order to pass major Biden legislation like the Infrastructure law.
Wait. Fun is fun, but let’s step back a moment. The Problem Solvers caucus has been around for several cycles now, and by the last count I saw, they’re no larger than the Freedom caucus. Why would the Problem Solvers caucus be taking advice from an outside group founded in 2010? And the same thing goes for a small group of centrist Senators in 2022?
The reason that this is so important is that No Labels, along with Chavis today is basing their whole existence on the success of Biden’s infrastructure law. Their logic is that since they brought these centrist groups together to pass the law, and now that Biden is running for reelection on the law that they brokered, think how much more really special sh*t their own candidates could accomplish if elected? Umm. To my recollection it was Biden, Harris, Schumer, and Pelosi who were burning up the phone lines and tweaking details to get the infrastructure bill across the finish line, not No Labels.
Next kvetch. Chavis said, correctly, that the group has endorsed no candidate for President. Hypocritical to the ult when you look at other No Labels statements. They have already stated that if Donald Trump is not the nominee, then they’ll step down. They’re slickly mum about what happens if a Trump clone like DeSantis gets the nomination. They also have said that if Biden is miles ahead in the polling, they’ll drop out. Which is stupid, since if Biden is miles ahead, who cares if they’re there? Pardon my cynicism, but this sounds about as fair and impartial as a WWE referee in a cage match.
But I saved the best for last. What you are about to hear is either the height of cynical hypocrisy, or the ultimate in narcissistic stupidity. Their whole basic hypothesis and justification for pissing in the punchbowl is that their polling shows that a wide s let’s have a quick lesson from chapter two of Politics for Dummies. Whitch of the electorate doesn’t want a 2024 rematch of 2020 with Biden vs Trump. Which they say means that everybody in the middle wants them instead.
*Sigh* OK, let’s read from chapter two of Politics for Dummies. Of course nobody in their right mind wants a 2020 rematch of Biden v Trump. You ain’t alone, pretty much every reputable poll shows that the idea is poison to the electorate. But No Labels is missing the main point, so here it is.
Even if you ass clowns jump into the race, it is still going to be a 2020 rematch between Biden and Trump. Even if you ballot mice jump into the fray, hold a convention in some Holiday Inn in April, anoint a Manchin-Hogan ticket, and start making moo-moo noises about getting space on the debate stages, it’s still going to be a Biden-Trump rematch of 2020. Because. YOU’RE. MARGINAL. AND. IRRELEVANT. The only thing your entry into the race can do is to possibly flip the result of 2020 into the result of 2016. And from everything you’ve said and written to this point, I can’t believe that is your goal.
From everything I can see, this whole No Labels movement is nothing more than a cheap con, and a chance for some out of power politicians to lick their nuts in public. Their nonsensical screed states that their goal is to raise some $70 million for their push to get on the national ballot. But this monthly ladies bridge club has been active since 2010! How much do they have on hand in filthy lucre right mow? And they’re as shady as Trump. For now, they’re not listing themselves as a political party, instead calling themselves a non profit organization so they can avoid disclosing funding to the FEC. That alone tells me all I need to know.