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Divided We Stand

Divided We Stand
New book about the 2020 election.

Friday, April 5, 2024

No Labels, No Luck

Our most recent book is titled Divided We Stand: The 2020 Elections and American Politics. The 2024 race has begun.

 Voters are not happy about having to choose between Trump and Biden.  Nevertheless, it is dawning on people that third parties face daunting barriers in American politics.

Ken Thomas and Kristina Peterson at WSJ:

No Labels, the centrist group which has sought to field a third-party presidential bid, is abandoning efforts to create a “unity ticket” aiming to win the White House, the organization announced Thursday.

Thursday’s announcement represented an implosion of the group’s ambitious plans to unleash a budget of $70 million toward ballot access and then establish a ticket that could serve as an alternative to President Biden and former President Donald Trump in November’s election.

But even as the group cited polling showing public dissatisfaction with Biden and Trump and broad support for a generic third-party candidate, No Labels couldn’t convince any prominent leaders to mount a challenge that aimed to become the first substantial third-party effort since independent Ross Perot’s showing of nearly 19% in the 1992 election.
Their final attempts to convince Christie to run for president coincided with the death of their 82-year-old founding chairman, former Connecticut Sen. Joe Lieberman, who suffered a fall and died March 27. Organizers said Lieberman’s death was a major blow to the group’s attempt to field a candidate, and the late senator had been heavily involved in recruiting efforts.