Rider letter on 3rd party candidates in WS JOURNAL

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Undesignated Leave a Comment


I had another letter to the editor published (intact) today in the WALL ST JOURNAL. See below.

I’m on a roll — three-for-three on recent WSJ submissions. I should retire while I’m ahead.

One odd aspect — after I submitted this letter, the WSJ letters editor and I engaged in quite agreeable banter back and forth via emails. Clearly this is an editor with too much time on his hands.

He should try working for the SD UNION-TRIBUNE. There edtiors have additonal collateral duties — such as proofing obituaries, emptying the trash cans, and otherwise doing the job of three people at once. Tough times in the local newspaper business.


Wall St Journal

Thursday, 1 September, 2011

Obama Will Win a Three-Way Race

Regarding Patrick H. Caddell and Douglas E. Schoen’s “Expect a Third-Party Candidate in 2012” (op-ed, Aug. 25):

There are always third-party candidates in every presidential race—notably the plucky Libertarian and Green parties. But this article concerns a possible “cult party” candidacy.

A cult candidacy is a campaign built around an individual rather than a philosophy. These egotists catch the media’s attention and then enjoy a huge media blitz. After the race they quickly fade away, and their shell “political party” collapses.

George Wallace, Jesse Jackson, John Anderson, Barry Commoner, Ralph Nader and Ross Perot were all cult candidates. While they sometimes can change who wins the race, they can’t win the race themselves, their delusions notwithstanding.

At this point, the entry of a 2012 cult-party candidate into the race offers the best hope for President Obama’s re-election. Perhaps President Obama should consider offering Donald Trump a cabinet seat (or a new TV reality show) if only he will run.

Richard Rider
San Diego


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