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Obstacles to an Independent Third Candidate

Monday, 19 September 2005 12:00 AM

Last week, in the first installment of this series laying out the possibility of a non-Republican, non-Democrat

There are many obstacles to a successful third candidate. The two biggest are:

1. Money

2. Ballot access

However, these problems may be solvable.

Just think of that!

If ten million people – just average people who are ticked off with the state of political and economic affairs in this country – gave $20 apiece, presto: You have a campaign kitty of a whopping, stunning, shocking $200 million!

And all without those endless fundraising dinners, black-tie events and millions of phone calls!

Thus is the power of the Internet – combined with just the

However, if this candidate is armed with that $200 million war chest cited above, then ballot access becomes a solvable problem. In states where gathering petition signatures is the key, then either passionate volunteers or paid gatherers can go out and solicit these vital signatures.

The point here is this:

However, for this to happen, this candidate has to have

1. Star appeal: He must have some 'hook' that makes the media pay attention to him.

2. He must come off as the 'anti-politician' – even though he must have tremendous political skills.

3. His platform of basic issues must

4. He

5. It will be in these debates that he must

A tall order?

Yes.

An impossibility?

No

Especially with the political deterioration we see in this country today:

The GOP has lost its moorings with incredible spending, unbalanced budgets, an Iraq War that is going nowhere, a depleted military spread too thin and unable to recruit new soldiers – and now a plan to spend "whatever it takes" on Hurricane Katrina. What an invitation to rip off the taxpayers!

And the Democrats are so left-wing that they are on the political margins in too many states.

Indeed, 2008 could be

But the key is

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