A “No Labels/New Whig” Third Party?

This article was written by New NY 23rd reader, Deb Meeker.

Many believe that the present two (major) parties offer little choice, and have created what seems to be an impossible ineffective divide. A third-party, if begun, should in my opinion, be started in an open, straightforward way. No Labels, ( a 501(c)4) is pushing itself as the champion of making the two parties “work together”, suggesting that they can move America forward, with no other agenda but bipartisanship.  A good idea that’s hard to argue with.

What my experience with No Labels has been however, suggests the underlying reason is to start a third political party “the New Whig Party“.

The search heading for the above link had this eye grabber :

“The NoLabels Conference Report! The Real Meaning of “Bipartisanship” ! A modern Whig term – LINO – Leaders in Name Only “Winner-take-all” should be re-considered;” …….Then once on the page, we are encouraged to view this new “moderate” party as an up and coming saving grace for the country.This New Whig Party is being developed and pushed with the No Labels branding as it’s fore front.

I signed up for the No Labels email updates. All I have ever received have been solicitations for donations approximately 30 in two months), prefaced by phrases like “SEE isn’t better to have bi-partisanship WORKING in Washington??” And “No Labels needs your  (financial, implied) support to continue their great success in Washington !!” The latest “big news” from No Labels, is interesting. It wants all of us to be ecstatic that is a HUGE happening coming to the steps of the Capitol. They are trying to organize a huge event in Washington DC, which promised a BOLD announcement! Of course, we must all wait like good girls and boys to find out what this ground-breaking news is.

On Rep. Tom Reed’s Facebook page, during back and forth comments with a No Labels member (dare I say operative?), I read that No Labels was “called in” to support Tom Reed, due to the “partisan bickering” found on his Facebook page. Further online conversation, with one of these individuals revealed a tight-lipped resistance to making clear who requested and why the barrage of out-of-state No Labels supporters were sending Rep. Reed encouraging comments and Congrats on his joining the Problem Solvers Group of No Labels. Yet another No Labels poster was happy to reveal that he was expecting a Jon Huntsman and NRA endorsed, Joe Manchin ticket. The connection is very clear:

Perhaps we need a third, even fourth party for the US political scene to change. Perhaps the No Labels group has very honorable motives. However, when an organization targets one politician’s web page with no real explanation, seems to be very secretive about what their future plans hold (you must join to get any information, and you apparently have to “bug” representatives of No Labels to get questions answered), it suggests to an old cynic, that the great build up is less to create bipartisanship in Washington, and more a long ranged plan to get the Huntsmen/ Manchin ticket viable and applauded by 2016.

Perhaps the No Labels/ New Whig party will go the way of others who have tried unsuccessfully to create a working, nonpartisan Washington. We’ll have to wait and see.

About pystew

Retired Teacher, political science geek, village trustee. I lean a little left, but like a good political discussion. My blog, the New NY 23rd (http://newny23rd) is about discussing the issues facing the people of our new congressional district. Let's hear all sides of the issues, not just what the candidates want us to hear.
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1 Response to A “No Labels/New Whig” Third Party?

  1. whungerford says:

    We essentially have a three party system in the House where a coalition of minority parties — Moderate and Far Right Republicans — has control. Speaker Boehner could achieve more if he would distance himself from right-wing extremists and work with moderate Democrats. Because Boehner is unwilling to alienate his partners on the right, little gets done that has a chance to become law.

    In the Senate where the rules are different — a super majority is required for most legislation — cooperation between Democrats and Republicans is possible and necessary if anything is to be accomplished. Thus a bipartisan farm bill, transportation bill, and immigration reform — championed by the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” — have passed the Senate.


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