How Fed Up Are Americans With The Current Presidential Candidates?

Very fed up indeed, according to Jon Walker at FDL:

The American people are now very favorably inclined towards the idea of an independent presidential candidate challenging both Barack Obama and the eventual Republican nominee next year. According to a new Washington Post/ABC News poll an overwhelming 61 percent favor the idea of such a challenge, while only 32 percent hold an unfavorable opinion of a possible independent run.

Sixty-one percent of us are fed up enough to want someone for president who has not even announced yet.

Of course, that 61 percent probably includes most of the Tea Party as well as Occupy supporters, but it’s an intriguing figure nonetheless.

My practical side tells me it cannot work. Running for president outside the apparatus of one of the two major parties is an exercise in futility. Hell, even getting an independent candidate on the ballot in all 50 states is a serious challenge. And it’s not as if the independent candidate merely lacks the financial support of a major party: s/he has the full financial weight of both major parties working to stop his or her campaign at the earliest possible stage.

Still, if the major parties cannot be deflected from their path over the cliff, we need some sort of change. I am curious what readers think should be done. Don’t… DO NOT… give me names of your favorite possible candidates unless you are prepared to give me, in the same post, the particulars of how your candidate can possibly be elected. No fluff; no bullshit… do we have any options, and if so, how do we exercise them?

I am prepared to “waste” my vote in the presidential race… or not vote at all in that race… rather than vote for anyone currently running. But I’m damned if I can figure out how to steer us away from that cliff. Neither Obama nor (Dog help us) any GOPer candidate has shown any indication of being willing to do that. Maybe our time has finally come… what say you?

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  • NTodd Pritsky  On Thursday November 3, 2011 at 8:47 am

    If I weren’t going to be busy running for VT House, I’d totally throw my hat in the ring.

    • Steve  On Thursday November 3, 2011 at 6:27 pm

      I would vote for you, NTodd. For prez, that is; I don’t dare vote in VT! 🙂

  • Carlos  On Thursday November 3, 2011 at 1:38 pm

    There would have to be two Independent candidates, one good and one bad. For the bad I give you Sarah Palin. She would suck away votes from what ever knuckle dragger candidate the Republicans finally dredge up by getting the undereducated tea bagger right wing-nut vote. For the good how about Alan Grayson of Florida. He is a straight talking Progressive guy with good name recognition. I think that since Obama has proven to be to right of center on almost everything that Alan could win hands down.

    • Steve  On Thursday November 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Carlos, do you not think the Republicans could buy off Sarah Palin? Sarah is dumb, but not so dumb that she wouldn’t understand her potential as a spoiler. And she’s already proven, in her run for veep, that she is willing to absorb all the money and material goodies that come her way.

      Maybe I’ll write in Grayson… in Nov. 2012, not in the primary. Texas is weird about who can receive votes in a primary. I do like Grayson a lot.

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