Archive for the 'History' Category

Are August 1 petition deadlines for President vulnerable to legal challenge?

Friday, August 1st, 2008

Ballot Access News

Both Pennsylvania and West Virginia require minor party and independent presidential petitions to be submitted on August 1. In both states, one or another minor party is struggling with that deadline.

The Pennsylvania deadline seems very vulnerable to challenge. The legislature has never passed any law saying the deadline is August 1. Instead, in [...]

Joe Farah: Ralph Nader, not Rush Limbaugh, is the REAL welfare queen!

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Joseph Farah of WorldNetDaily does a masterful job of demolishing Ralph Nader’s recent assertion that Rush Limbaugh is on welfare and the mis-named Fairness Doctrine should be reinstated.

Farah shows that Limbaugh makes his living solely through private enterprise, not public welfare. The story is different, however, for Nader himself:

Do you know how Ralph Nader [...]

Measuring Nader and Barr

Friday, July 11th, 2008

Mark Blumenthal, on, warns that if history is any indication, support for Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr and independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is being overstated in current polling.

Blumenthal rests his case on the record of previous campaigns, such as those of Nader (2000 and 2004), Pat Buchanan, George Wallace, Ross Perot, and [...]

Whose party are we spoiling?

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

Jan Baughman reflects in Swans Commentary that “as the 2008 presidential election antics evolve, the third-party candidates (Ralph Nader, Cynthia McKinney, Bob Barr, and others) remain virtually nonexistent as far as the mainstream media coverage is concerned.”

A key to keeping third-party candidates invisible, he notes, are the debates that are rigged in favor of the [...]

The Green Party takes over government in Ireland, a year ago toda

Friday, June 13th, 2008

The Green Party takes over government in Ireland. It was a year ago today.

Libertarians becoming major swing vote?

Monday, June 2nd, 2008

David Boaz (Cato Institute) and David Kirby (America’s Future Foundation) have published a new study, The Libertarian Vote. Some of their conclusions:

Gallup consistently finds about 20 percent of respondents to be libertarian. We used a narrower definition, and we found that in 2004 libertarians accounted for 13 percent of the voting-age population and 15 [...]

A 20th Century Third Party History

Sunday, June 1st, 2008

The Whig Party endorsement of Bob Barr brings to mind the history of third parties in America. Writing at Townhall, David R. Stokes provides an interesting history of America’s party structure in the 20th century. Here’s a sample:

Probably the most famous attempted political end-run in history was made by a former president – [...]

Past as prologue? Hostile takeovers and third parties

Friday, May 9th, 2008

One of the recurring themes of third party politics in America seems to be the phenomenon of the “hostile takeover.” A disgruntled major party politician, an eccentric multi-millionaire, or perhaps a group of major party factional schemers decides that rather than working within the party of their putative loyalty, or perhaps forming a new party, [...]

Mary Ruwart’s Candidacy Cause for Celebration

Sunday, April 27th, 2008

Mary Ruwart’s Candidacy Cause for Celebration
by John David Christensen, Vice-chair Vermont Libertarian Party

Dr. Mary J. Ruwart’s recently announced candidacy for the Libertarian Party’s (LP) presidential nomination should be cause for celebration by libertarian activists everywhere. Or at least by those who desire a movement that is as broadly-based and spirited as the revolution Ron Paul [...]

John McCain: A Hundred Years of War

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Libertarian Party activist (and Ron Paul supporter) Rolf Lindgren just went after John McCain on the Populist Party blog:

John McCain has gone on the record, supporting 100 years of war in the Middle East:

McCain: 100 years in Iraq “would be fine with me”

We have already had one Hundred Years’ War, which is one too many [...]

Michigan Third Parties Coalition

Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

I don’t think this has been written about here and I think that this is an issue that readers here would be highly interested in. In Michigan, various third parties (Green Party, Libertarian Party, Reform Party, Socialist Party, US Taxpayers Party) came together to form the Michigan Third Party Coalition. Despite obvious differences in ideology (i.e. the Socialist Party and US Taxpayers Party are diametrically opposed on almost every issue), these parties have come together to try to reform Michigan electoral law, with its excessively restrictive guidelines. I spent most of my day working on the site ( and thought I might as well end it by posting about the group here. I encourage third parties in other states with restrictive ballot access laws to form similar groups. Forgive my post for being short, but I’m tired and about to fall asleep.

Ron Paul Blast From The Past: 1988 High Times Interview

Monday, January 28th, 2008

Old-time libertarians will recall a lot of the names dropped in this 1988 High Times article about then Libertarian Party presidential candidate Ron Paul: Andre Marrou, Ed Clark, Dick Randolph, Murray Rothbard, John Hospers, Roger McBride, Tonie Nathan, David Bergland, Eric Garris, Paul Jacob, Tim Lewis, Norma Jean Almodovar, Mark Ford, and Ed Crane. [...]

Dondero’s GOPUSA column on Ron Paul and third parties

Tuesday, January 8th, 2008

GOPUSA has published an article by Eric Dondero about Ron Paul:

In the Fall of ‘91 Burt Blumert, Paul’s longtime partner with his Camino Coins Gold business in Burlingame, CA and the Ron Paul Investment Letter, finally secured permission from Paul to launch an exploratory committee, and to raise money for the effort. Paul himself wanted [...]

Whatever happened to… The White Peoples Party?

Thursday, December 20th, 2007

Now onto a political party, that, while being a state and not a national party, it nevertheless attracted a good amount of attention at the time, being the latest attempt to qualify a white supremacist political party and it’s alleged candidates on the ballot.

The White Peoples Party was started in 2005 by members of the [...]

Chuck Muth and the Libertarian Party

Tuesday, December 18th, 2007

“Your days of punching the Republican Party in the nose without having someone swing back are over,” wrote Chuck Muth to Libertarians in 2001.

A couple of days ago, Muth scribed, “And if the GOP doesn’t get its limited-government act together soon, the party that replaced the Whigs could well end up going the way of [...]

Whatever happened to… The American Party?

Saturday, December 15th, 2007

I have decided to do something new here on Third Party Watch. I will begin a series on third-parties that are inactive, small, and nearly defunct, yet are still trying to maintain life support of some kind.
Basically, it will be on third-parties whose status is much like the Prohibition Party.

The first party that I shall [...]

Historical Tidbits

Friday, December 14th, 2007

Crockford provides some interesting third party historical tidbits:

In 1966, in a speech given in Frogmore, South Carolina, the Reverend Martin Luther King said, “You can’t talk about solving the economic problem of the Negro without talking about billions of dollars. You can’t talk about ending the slums without first saying profit must be taken out [...]

Weren’t We Promised a Final Report?

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

I hate to rehash old news, but I was just thinking that we haven’t received disgraced campaign manager Allen Hacker’s final report in last year’s Badnarik for Congress race (CD-10 in Texas).

Interview with Councilman Cam Gordon

Sunday, October 21st, 2007

Minneapolis City Councilman Cam Gordon, a member of the Green Party, on his 2005 election, and his activist and candidate history.

Includes discussion of his campaign strategies & experiences and of Minneapolis’ diverse Ward Two. Interviewed at Minneapolis City Hall on August 6th, 2007 by California Green Mike Feinstein.

McKinney Forgot to Take Off Her Mic

Tuesday, October 9th, 2007

This is kind of a funny video from last year, during the fallout from her punching of a Capitol police office. Congresswoman McKinney gets caught with her microphone on after she dodges some questions and walks out of the room, so she comes back and makes it clear that the audio is not allowed [...]

Did Letterman Vote for Ron Paul in 1988?

Monday, October 8th, 2007

This is sort of a strange, heavily sarcastic, and very uncomfortable interview with Sandra Bernhard on the David Letterman show back in 1988.

I don’t think he was being particularly serious, but when the subject of politics comes up Dave jokes that he’s planning on voting for Ron Paul. It’s about 2 minutes into the [...]

The Jesse Ventura Video Game That Never Was

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2007

In advance of his expected run for re-election in 2002, this cute but relatively lame video game was designed but not actually released. Some of the concepts are kind of funny and it might make for a fun online game…

Mike Feinstein Talks About Ralph Nader’s 1996 Green Party Presidential Campaign

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007

California Green activist Mike Feinstein appears on a television debate program to discuss the 1996 Presidential election and Ralph Nader’s first run for office.

And another video from 11 days later at the Green Party’s national convention in which Nader was nominated. This includes a VP acceptance speech (via video) from Winona LaDuke, followed [...]

An Amusing Comment from Harry Browne on the Greens and Ralph Nader

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

I was looking for a quote from Andre Marrou earlier this evening and I wound up stumbling onto this item from a 1996 edition of LP News. Here’s the link along with a few amusing quotes and observations…

Basically they say that Harry Browne’s showing of about 470,000 was a disappointment but a good [...]

Some Old Ron Paul Interviews from 1988

Saturday, September 29th, 2007

Ron Paul being interviewed as the Libertarian nominee on a television program during the 1988 Presidential campaign…

Libertarian nominee Ron Paul appears on the absolutely insane Morton Downey, Jr. program and engages in a heated “debate” with the host…