saxitoxin wrote:tzor wrote:Woodruff wrote:So you believe the Tea Party can transform the Republican Party, but you do not believe the Libertarian Party can transform the Republican Party? What exactly leads you to believe in this strange power the Tea Party possesses which the Libertarian Party does not?
if you want the simple answer ... they fail because they do not try. I don't see libertarian offshoots trying to influence local or state politics. Rather I see libertarians in those tea party offshoots (and a lot of them in 912 movements which tended to be considered for all pratical purposes tea party movements) influencing local and state politics. It's important to remember that the "Tea Party" isn't a political party per se. The Libertarian Party is.
It's hard enough for the "Conservative" party in New York to influence the Republican party in New York.
That's interesting - I had thought the Conservative Party was able (or at least had been?) to influence the NY Republicans from moderating pretty effectively, but it sounds like not?
I think the CP and Working Families Party in NYS are interesting examples of the use of third parties as pressure groups instead of electoral-focused parties. Though, I suppose any past, present or future success depends on being able to have a well-disciplined voting block that has the balls and willingness to occasionally hand defeat to Republicans (or, in the case of Working Families, to Democrats) in order to reinforce their potency as a cudgel. There are probably too many people like Scott and Player (no offense, Scott and Player - this is just observational) to be able to translate the cudgel-role to reality?[/quote]
How many times can people be fooled until they wise up?