Bad Idea: Congressional Candidate Bolts GOP for Third ‘Tea Party’

If this trend catches on, they’ll have to make a sequel to the “Bad Idea Jeans” commercial.

From Post Politics:

Donn Janes, a candidate for Congress in the 8th District, confirms that he will not file to run in the Republican primary but as an independent in the general election as a ‘Tea Party’ movement aligned candidate.
“As of today, I am no longer going to run for the U.S. House of Representatives as a Republican,” Janes announced. “We need to change the way we elect our representatives. We continue to rely on the two-party system to provide us with different choices; but thanks to this corrupt system, there is little difference between the two of them.

I understand and agree with the sentiment (I’m a right-wing extremist tea partier too), but a move to a third party is political suicide. Do you know who is happiest to see this kind of news? Democrats. The cogs in the existing machine — including the RINOs — would be thrilled to see this kind of thing catch on and the conservative movement fragmented between two or three different political organizations.

Why can’t third parties make it (gubernatorial elections seem to be an exception)? The two parties in power make the rules from ballot regulations to debate parameters, but also because the electorate is fragmented.

In 2006 I wrote a column entitled “Fight for Your Right to Third Party,” and I outlined why those of us who may instinctively believe that a third party is the way to fix the problem should think again (or at least put that instinct on the back burner for a while), and use the existing mechanisms to infiltrate an existing party and fix the problem from the inside-out instead of the outside-in. The latter isn’t possible barring a physical revolution.

Nationally speaking, third parties can play a spoiler, but they are rarely the victor — and certainly never will be to a degree where we have the numbers necessary to turn things around.

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