So, if we try to project (always fun, bur never much good for prediction) on how the Obama government, whose legacy is becoming more and more likely to be one of minor or no accomplishment, will affect the future, what do we guess?
I’m going to make some wild speculation. First, I think the next administration- or perhaps the one after it-will be extraordinarily strong in terms of creating change. Whether it is Republican, Democratic or something else is more difficult to anticipate.
The idea that it is even possible that it might be lead by a different party from the traditional two parties shows how radical I think the effects will be. If the radical change turns out to be this extreme we might even have to wait three administrations.
It is, perhaps, worth mentioning that I haven’t heard a peep from those who thought Obama was justified in getting the nobel peace prize in 2008. Most will not even discuss the proposition that Obama has been a tremendous disappointment.
Even I have to hedge my expression of disappointment in Obama with an admission that if it weren’t Obama it would certainly have been much worse,for it would have been in hands much more sympathetic to the right wing, which would be a greater danger in my opinion.
But disappointing it has been. So disappointing I am not as hostile to the concept of a third party as I once was.
Once upon a time I would have dismissed the idea off hand. Third parties, under oiur current system of government always suck power from the party most of us say is most sympathetic to ideas that give rise to the third party in the first place.
It’s the classic catch 22.
Ironically, I fear this scenario may put us into the situation in which the next strong administration turns out to be Republican. Democrats may respond to the weakness of Obama by bolting to a third party without getting enough support to beat the Republicans in 2014, even if they are more Tea Party than GOP.
If Democrats stick together, though, and run a strong and truly progressive candidate, perhaps it will be the Tea Party that will either bolt, or more likely, drive the Republicans into well deserved obscurity by continued dominance against a truly progressive Democratic party