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December 13, 2013 - 8:13 am

Retired Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.), who made a famous switch from the Democratic Party to Independent status after an intraparty revolt over his Iraq war stance, said he thinks the time may be nearing when a third party can break out in the U.S.

“It’s an uphill climb, although a strong third-party candidate can actually affect what the other two parties are doing. I mean, the bottom line here is that the two parties are frustrating,” Lieberman told Fox Business Network. “I would say, a majority of the people, they mean — each of the core constituencies that are happy, but a majority of the people feel that the two parties just have to get together and compromise and get something done for the country. And we used to think that the way to deal with that is through elections.”

“The primary system is set up so it is not really working. And I’m wondering whether this may be the time when the public is going to bust out and go for a third party, an independent party, because most of the people around the country really are independent,” he added.

As far as success for independent candidates, Lieberman declared “the best that has happened in recent decades is Ross Perot.”

“So he ended up getting 20 percent of the vote. In fact, he changed the agenda and the priorities of the two parties. He made particularly a balanced budget a priority. And President Clinton, then Governor Clinton ran on it. It took him a while, but together with Newt Gingrich, and some others actually got it done in 1997,” he said.

As far as his future: “It would take a strong and credible candidate with the ability to raise enough money, and it’s not going to be me.”

“…My days in elective politics are over. But Jefferson said at one point that he thought the country should have a revolution every 25 years, because he was so worried that the established political order will begin to get entrenched and more take care of themselves than the public.”

Lieberman called being re-elected in 2006 — “enough Democrats but really Republicans and independents elected me” — the “single most thrilling moment of my political career.”

“In the last election, not only did the incumbent president win, but the status quo was repeated with the Democratic Senate and a Republican House as well, even though the public at the beginning of 2012 said a pox on all your houses,” he said. “In the end, it’s up to the people. If they are not satisfied, they really have to find a way either in primaries, general elections, or through a third-party candidacy, to get the government working for us again.”

Bridget Johnson is a career journalist whose news articles and opinion columns have run in dozens of news outlets across the globe. Bridget first came to Washington to be online editor at The Hill, where she wrote The World from The Hill column on foreign policy. Previously she was an opinion writer and editorial board member at the Rocky Mountain News and nation/world news columnist at the Los Angeles Daily News. She has contributed to USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, National Review Online, Politico and more, and has myriad television and radio credits as a commentator. Bridget is Washington Editor for PJ Media.

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"...but a majority of the people feel that the two parties just have to get together and compromise and get something done for the country." Yep. That grand coalition of Blue Dog Democrats and RINOs, AKA Demopublicans, that spent two generations getting us into this mess.
35 weeks ago
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I dont like the "marginalization" that comes with a Third Party either but you know what?

I’ve been supporting The Republican Party for 40 years and it just. Keeps. Getting. Worse.

I'm tired of being told the New Political Compromise will be “just few close friends over for a glass of wine” then finding broken bottles and bongs everywhere, the carpets soaked with urine, and oh, look honey, someone took a sh*t in the washing machine, AGAIN.

And they wonder WHY so many of us have traded in our letters to editors, Party Donations, begging, pleading, cajoling, and pitchforks and torches, for a basement full AR-15’s and LOTS OF AMMO….

Because they EARNED it.

No, it probably wont FIX anything...it'll probably be the end of it all, but its the only way a guilty few will ever feel their feet to a fire, and lately, thats fine with me
35 weeks ago
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Lieberman is nuts if he thinks a third party winning a substantial number of seats in Congress would lead to a smoother functioning government. All a strong third party would lead to is more back-room deal-making, and the only people happy about that would be the Washington elite.

Lieberman has a point, though, about the Jefferson quote. Perhaps another American revolution is long overdue, and we should start planning for it since the politicians aren't listening to the People.
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Lieberman showed his true colors, ran as an Independant after the Democrats got rid of him, and he still caucused with them. Liberals may change their affilations but never the liberal philosophy.
34 weeks ago
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"I've been supporting The Republican Party for 40 years and it just. Keeps. Getting. Worse."

This!

I regret I have only one up vote to give this comment.
35 weeks ago
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35 weeks ago
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Perot put Clinton in office and Hillary is waiting in the wings. If another third party comes forth, Hillary will surely be our next president. Read between the lines whenever the media start pushing a narrative.
35 weeks ago
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Ah, you see right past the solution. The senate is split 53-45-2. A 4 seat change would make it 49-49-2. With no majority by either party power would be shared. However, suppose 3 Libertarians and 2 Republican unseated 5 Democrats. That would be 48-47-2-3. Guess who holds the power of the senate?
A third party only has to capture the Balance of power.
35 weeks ago
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What we need is an honest and truthful media establishment - true journalists. If the people were told the truth about their respective representatives' actions, I believe the elections would sort themselves out. But, after four decades of the "progressive" (aka: neo-communist) takeover of all levels of education, especially 'journalism programs', we can wish in one hand, sh!t in the other, and see which one fills up first.

Remember BENGHAZI!
35 weeks ago
35 weeks ago Link To Comment
JOE LIVERWURST IS A FLAG BURNER AND A BABY KILLER. WHAT IS THERE TO KNOW?
35 weeks ago
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Bridget: Former Senator Lieberman is from my old home state of Connecticut not Vermont, FYI ...
35 weeks ago
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People on our side are so desperate for approval from Leftists that they pretend politicians like Lieberman are worthy of admiration. He supports ALMOST everything the commielibs want. His full-time job is helping commielibs get ALMOST everything they want. Nobody admires us because we go easy on JL. It just makes us look like battered-wives for admiring the man that is careful to ONLY beat us with a belt across the back and not punch us in the eye and nose with a fist.

Is trying to bankrupt future generations with commielib spending worthy of respect?
35 weeks ago
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Third Party advocates typically and generally hold a very childish view of the world and politics, per Lieberman's own viewpoint.

When I hear someone talk about things like "balanced budget amendments", I know it's time to walk the other way. This kind of utopian "You can control the government's spending with legislation" attitude is moronic. Why? The Debt Ceiling.

If the Debt Ceiling was "real", it wouldn't get increased every time there's a "budget crisis". Moreover, are you seriously going to mandate that the United States of America can't overspend when it needs to? The moment you do that, you ensure our demise at the hands of our enemies.

What if China attacked us tomorrow? Do you think we wouldn't need to break all the rules and overspend like crazy in order to fight back?

Fairytale thinking doesn't help us. The idea that "both sides need to come together and do something" doesn't help us. Hell, we have that already. The Republicrats and Democons are already working together to keep Obamacare on the books. Haven't we had enough of bipartisanship by now?
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