Centrist Republicans threaten a third party

Our work to form a major new party may have just gotten easier and even more essential. Tune into our National Call tonight at 8:30 pm ET where we’ll talk about today’s announcement by a group of 100 former Republican officials who are threatening to form a new “center-right” third party unless the Republican Party essentially ditches Donald Trump and rejects his claim that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him. This is very unlikely given the overwhelming support Trump has among Republican voters and the ouster of Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position.

The country doesn’t need another corporate-funded party. It needs the corporate-free People’s Party. A party that will fight for systemic change on the issues that are suffocating Americans, like medical and student debt, housing costs, an overheating climate and soaring food and gas prices. A party that will stand on the side of people.

Join tonight’s National Call to talk about efforts to form this new center-right party. We will also discuss the horrific and escalating attack on Palestine by the Israeli military and security forces. Gaza has been under aerial bombardment and IDF ground troops just invaded the territory. The violence was prompted by the attempted eviction of families from the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem and an attack on Islam’s third holiest site, the Al-Aqsa Mosque, by Israeli security forces. Catch the National Call on our YouTube if you can’t watch live.

Congress is dysfunctional and our electoral system is a mess. Two new parties on the scene can help create the mass needed to get rid of the Electoral College. It would make forming a major new progressive populist party even more urgent. It will reduce concerns of splitting the Democrats and turn them into an imperative to split the Democrats and offer a new left option instead. It could portend the breakdown of our two-party system into a four-party system, with populist and centrist parties on the right and left, as happened in Spain in 2015.

It would reduce the numbers necessary for us to win elections in four-way races, like the presidential race, and embolden the electorate to think of politics in a new and different way. 

The corporate media, who ignore and marginalize independent-party candidates, haven’t been able to disregard what is staring them in the face. From the New York Times to the L.A. Times, to NBC and ABC, the mainstream media is talking about independent parties and Americans’ dissatisfaction with the two-party system. Even Democratic Party loyalist and CNN host Chris Cuomo said last night that our political system isn’t working, we need to “change the game,” and the country needs “five or six parties.”

It doesn’t matter how the messaging around third parties is driven home to the elite media and their billionaire owners. What’s significant is that they’re talking about it at all. The more that alternative parties are discussed, the more that voters — and the media — will see third parties and their candidates as a viable option.

Watch Lee Camp as he breaks the start of our candidate nominations.

The backers of the proposed new party cannot be mistaken for radicals or even changemakers. They include former Republican governors Tom Ridge and Christine Todd Whitman, former George W. Bush-era Transportation Secretary Mary Peters, former House members Charlie Dent, Barbara Comstock, Reid Ribble and Mickey Edwards. It’s a literal throwback to the neocon administrations of Trump, George W. Bush, George H. W. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

This will be the party of the status quo. It will cause the Democrats to lurch ever rightward in their crazy, misplaced zeal to appeal to some mythical center. Chip in to help us build the party for the people.

Two out of three Americans want a major new party and 50 percent identified as independent recently, both record highs. The numbers are on our side. Not on the side of establishment parties who don’t work for us, who have already thrown in the towel on getting a $15 minimum wage and Medicare for all. Not on the side of Republican Party 2.0, which will be under the thumb of the same corporate lobbyists who control the current ruling parties.

Some names being considered for the Republican Party breakaway are the Integrity Party and the Center-Right Party. No matter what they call themselves, the People’s Party will be the only party funded by you, not the corporatists or the billionaires.

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