Current New York City mayor and former RINO Republican Michael Bloomberg, now an independent, has admitted the bloody obvious to Dan Rather of HDNet TV, the high-def news channel that hired Rather after he was dumped by CBS.
“Nobody’s going to elect me president of the United States,” Bloomberg told Rather.
While news sources love to fantasize about middle-of-the road candidates who would sweep into the White House by marginalizing both Republican and Democratic extremists, the truth is that middle-of-the-road voters tend to be suspicious of third-party candidates, more than they are actually supportive. And their middle-ground political positions tend to alienate both conservatives and liberals alike.
The idea that most of America exists in the center is more myth than reality. The truth is that there isn’t really a true middle-of-the-road position that is an identifiable ideology. Instead, such labels come from voters who are mostly conservative or mostly liberal, but split from there party on a couple key issues.
For example, the “Reagan Democrats” that swept Ronald Reagan to two overwhemling presidential victories were made of up traditional Democratic Catholics – laber union workers and the like – who felt ill-at-ease with the late 1970s pro-abortion dominance of their party and, feeling pushed aside as pro-lifers, flocked to Reagan’s candidacy over their convictions on abortion in that period of time. The result was that most of the “cultural conservatives” that once peacefully co-existed with liberals in the Democratic party voted for Reagan.
The opposite tends to be true today. Republicans who are cultural conservatives (rather than just fiscal, Wall Street conservatives) are feeling increasingly disaffected by the “compassionate conservatism” that is a mask for RINO Republicans to wear, and who dominate much of today’s GOP. While Bush is an example of this, the prospects for the future are made even more bleak for GOP cultural conservatives who look at front-runners like Rudy Guiliani, John McCain, Mitt Romney and even to some extent, Fred Thompson, and see no hope ahead for a more conservative voice at the head of the party, short of an 11th-hour Newt Gingrich bid.
It is largely these disaffected cultural conservatives, many of them former Reagan Democrats, who decided to give Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer and their ilk a shot at controlling Congress, only to become even more disgusted with them than they were the GOP.
Trouble is, most so-called third-party candidates like Schwarzenegger (who can’t run), Bloomberg and, on the Democratic side, Joe Lieberman, aren’t really middle-of-the-roaders to begin with. They are simply watered down versions of the mainstream candidates of their respective parties.
So, give Mike Bloomberg a couple Swiss Army watches for realizing the bloody obvious. Third party candidates are a myth and no one really ever votes for them in sufficient numbers to win anyway – at least not since Teddy Roosevelt’s re-election bid under the Bull Moose Party. No one would elect Bloomberg to anything because the power and fundraising lies within the two major parties, neither of whom are interested in wishy-washy middle-of-the-roaders.