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Politico Co-Founder's Ideas for a Third-Party Candidate Fall Flat

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By    |   Tuesday, 26 Apr 2016 05:44 PM

Politico co-founder Jim VandeHei's idea to have a third party run by someone like Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg isn't being received as well as he likely hoped it would.

VandeHei, who announced recently that he will leave Politico soon, penned a Wall Street Journal column Monday that talked about finding an anti-establishment candidate for president who isn't self-described socialist Bernie Sanders or leading Republican candidate Donald Trump.

VandeHei's thoughts eventually turned to Facebook chairman and CEO Zuckerberg and the company's COO Sheryl Sandberg.

"Right now, millions of young people are turned on by a 74-old-year socialist scolding Wall Street; millions of others by a reality-TV star with a 1950s view of women," VandeHei writes. "Why not recruit Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg or Sheryl Sandberg to head a third-party movement? Maybe we can convince Michael Bloomberg to help fund the movement with the billions he planned to spend on his own campaign — and then recruit him to run Treasury and advise the president."

VandeHei's idea is falling flat, at least on social media. Below is a sampling of Tweets reacting to the story.

New York Times columnist Ross Douthat:


Daniel Larison, senior editor at The American Conservative:



Josh Barro, senior editor at Business Insider:



David Frum, senior editor of The Atlantic and the chairman of Policy Exchange:


Mediaite gathered a collection of more reactions, including headlines such as The Washington Post's "Anatomy of an op-ed gone horribly, horribly wrong."

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