Tuesday, March 27, 2007

A New Way?

Editors Note: This post is informative, neither Kemp nor Scott are endorsing this group and we ask that you not construe this post in that manner… thank you.

Are you sick and tired of the same old game of politics being played? Are you more interested in the potential of a candidate as opposed to their political party?

If so, then you are the target demographic for a political organization that is looking to get millions of online voters to pick a bipartisan ticket that will challenge both the republican and Democratic candidates in the 2008 presidential election.

Unity08 is the brainchild of Democrats Hamilton Jordan and Gerald Rafshoon (both onetime aides to President Jimmy Carter) and former gop consultant Doug Bailey

The group is trying to reach out to voters that are currently discouraged by the partisan gridlock in Washington, DC and wants to offer them a chance to take part in a high-tech experiment that the organizers hope will change the nation's political landscape…

And it very well could.

Unity08 was formed for a myriad of reasons, including their belief that political fundraising is getting/already is out of control… they also believe that most, if not all, politicians are out of touch with their constituency… and they think that an administration that is bipartisan wouldn’t be beholden to either party.

Now… while I think this endeavor is admirable in theory, there are holes in this concept that scream that it won’t work…having said that… think about it for a moment and you realize that a good portion of people in this country believe that politics has gotten a little out of control in the last dozen years or so and we all deeply need something we can be proud of.

Also think about this… even if this group doesn’t actually accomplish anything in the ’08 election, it still might be able to enlighten some people to the fact that they can, indeed, make a difference and thus, possibly, increase voter turnout.

It’s still too early to tell if the group will succeed or not, especially since their largest problem right now is attracting the millions of delegates that Unity08 would need in order to give the group the political clout that it needs to be seen as a true third choice and an organization that the two major parties would have to reckon with. As of today, March 27, there are 42,000 delegates who have signed up at the Unity08 website, which is drastically less than the 500,000 that Bailey originally had thought would be on board by last January.

The primaries are coming up in less than a year, and, as of right now, they still have quite a ways to go.

As always, stay tuned…

1 comment:

Sarah, Goon Squad Sarah said...

I hate to quote Dave Mustaine, but I will anyway.

"If there's a new way I'll be the first in line But, it better work this time. "