Taking the “P” Out of The ARP?

I just happened to check up on the website of the American Reform Party earlier this morning and I noticed the following disclaimer…

We are NOT a political party, we DO NOT have ballot access in any state and DO NOT run candidates. We support third party candidates and independents.

So I guess they are a “party” and not a “political party” or something? It later goes on to state “if you agree with our principals, join the American Reform Revolution” - suggesting perhaps a new name for the organization they’re trying to build?

6 Responses to “Taking the “P” Out of The ARP?”

  1. green in brooklyn Says:

    American Reform Revolution - sounds like a car commercial, and a bad one at that.

    R.I.P. Reform party

  2. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home[s] Says:

    American Reform Movement? ARM?

  3. Robert Says:

    Max Linn and Eric Eidsness are running under the Reform Party.

  4. Esta Says:

    I think the reform party is just what this country needs! It doesn’t matter what they call their organization.

  5. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home[s] Says:

    “Reform the Reform Party?”

  6. Sean Scallon Says:

    The ARP was the first splinter faction of the Reform Party formed in 1996. These Reform Party members were tired of the dictatorial control of the Pertotistas and decided to form a splinter group that ultimately never amounted to much.

    The problem with the Reform Party, besides Perot himself, was the fact that it could never decide what it wanted to be, a right-wing populist party or a centrist/left wing good government party. Ultimately that’s where the fault line was between the Buchananits and the Verney/Mangia faction which tried to give its nomination to John Haeglin of all people in order to stop Buchanan, which shot their credibility to hell.

    I see the same problem with the Reform Party offshoot, the Independence Party, in Minnesota. The IP would be an interesting idea if they could unite moderate Republicans and DFLers in the suburbs, but their insistence upon ignoring social issues is silly, it’s like the Whigs trying to ignore slavery hoping it would go away. To simple pretent such issues do not exists or not deal with them is very disengenous and a disservice to the voters. Tell people where you stand and let the chips fall where they may. What’s wrong with that? It was this dubiousness that killed Tim Penny’s chance of being elected governor in Minnesota and it may very well kill the IP in the future.

    It’s ain’t easy trying to be a centrists that’s for sure. Something the Unity ‘08 people should think long an hard about.

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