Something In The Water?

Ok, what the heck is going on here? Another story, another Libertarian leaves the LP to run for office as a Republican.

This is our third item of the day on this topic, sheesh!

From KDKA Channel 2 News:

A Philadelphia real estate broker says he plans to challenge U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum in the 2006 Republican primary.

John Featherman, 41, who supports abortion rights, gay marriage and a flat tax, said he wants to offer moderate Republicans an alternative to the conservative Santorum, a two-term incumbent.

“I’m running for the nomination fully aware of the odds,” Featherman said. “I believe Santorum needs a challenge.”

As the Libertarian Party’s nominee in 2000, Featherman got just under 48,000 votes in a race against Santorum, Democrat Ron Klink and two other candidates. Featherman also ran unsuccessfully for Congress in a special election in 1998.

5 Responses to “Something In The Water?”

  1. George Phillies Says:

    “Rarely is a rat seen swimming toward a sinking ship”

    but this exception proves (that means ‘tests”) the rule

    said by or about Churchill.

  2. Tim West Says:

    the R’s are going to be in sad shape by 2008. I think the D’s are going to be back in power, and Libs should make their job as hard as possible to do that.

    iraq and such will take care of the R’s. We have to take care of the D’s.

  3. R.D. Says:

    Has there ever been an instance though in the past few decades where the minority party is so weak though? I think Republicans may (just barely) stay in power due to that point. I think in 2006 and 2008 though a Ross Perot type independent candidate could make waves due to this. 3rd parties need to capitalize on this, but they’d need someone with Perot-type money.

  4. Rob D. Says:

    Celeb running under the LP banner is the only way to go in 2008.

  5. Pat Rogers Says:

    I just came across your Third Party Watch site and all I can say is great. I love the perspective.

    As an Independent voter I sensed a note of disappointment in the idea of a Libertarian, Featherman, registering Republican for a campaign. Don’t be. Its just tactical voting. The only responsible way to vote in the 21st century.

    As a tactical voter I may change my Independent registration to Republican so that I can vote for him. Or, I may change to Democrat to contribute to that primary from my perspective.

    George Washington, in his farewell address as the first president of the United States, warned Americans against “the baneful effects of the spirit of Party…”. I think that perspective is just as valid for the third parties. And even for my rapidly growing Independent column. I will register for a Party just to vote against their status quo candidates.

    Political parties are a social disease in the body politic of American democracy.