What's interesting this election year is what's absent

  • Article by: LORI STURDEVANT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 20, 2012 - 7:44 PM

The IP isn't fielding potential spoiler candidates in races for Congress.

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staredAug. 18, 12 9:01 PM

Hooray-Finally a real election choice; down with spoilers!they do no good except that the spoiler candidates get to take an ego trip.

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shushyn78Aug. 18, 1211:13 PM

If he IP actually put up quality candidates, they would have an impact. But Horner was as non-serious as they come. You can say you are different than the Repubs and Dems, but voters actually want people that take stark positions. There is nothing praiseworthy about the mushy middle unless you have the wisdom of Solomon.

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JudelingAug. 19, 12 3:32 AM

The IP party has been doomed for some time. There is just no political ground for them to stand on. In policy terms (ie Reality) the center and a bit of the center right is occupied by the Democratic party. It is only in the narrative that the Democrats can be considered even left of center. Time after time the village (even the local one here) laments the lack of representation of the center. That holy grail of bipartisanism. But once they offer a proposal on any issue there stands the Democrats. That creates a real problem for our future. With the Republicans so far to the right and the Democrats occupying the vacated space the Republicans just cannot shift. So when the democrats are in control we get palliatives and not cures, when control is split we run on momentum and start to slow down, When the Republicans are in control we get disaster. It really wasn't all that long ago when Republicans could give a little to get a little, but that time is well past.

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comment229Aug. 19, 12 6:09 AM

I waited and waited for the independence party to put up somebody I could vote for, and for the two major political parties to promote candidates that I could not vote for. That happened with Humphrey and Coleman; and yes, I voted for Ventura and would again in a heart beat. I despise politicians at all levels, that vote primarily because of what the party leader tells them. Ventura had no problem with telling everybody off, and he meant it. Now, compare that philosophy with Reid, Pelosi, Boehner, and Cantor. I am not sure the independence party will survive and realistically, don't care; but I wish several middle class candidates, that represent the middle class of America, would begin a new political party in this country at both the state and federal levels. I have had enough of tea party republicans and ultra liberal democrats. Do you need proof? Just look at congress with an all time low approval rating. I am too old to get back into politics, but if someone decides to take up this cause, let me know where to sign up.

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my4centsAug. 19, 12 8:45 AM

Judeling - How do you define right, left, and center politically? The most logical way to do so would be based on what people actually support. With Republucans once again gaining ground it would appear that they inhabit far more space then "so far to the right."

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frank3Aug. 19, 12 9:12 AM

Stared - really? a "REAL" election is having fewer choices? and having anybody else more than two extreme candidates would involve "EGO-ed" candidates? What kind of rationale is this? Having just two candidates means that the simpled mind and the simpled media would have only two candidates to follow. The media certainly didn't cover the primaries that offered a lot of different choice. Somehow having just two candidates would somehow be representive of the people?

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allhailfsmAug. 19, 12 9:20 AM

We need Instant Runoff Voting, then let all candidates compete. Choices for eeryone, and no such thing as a spoiler. Whats not to like?

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johneramone4Aug. 19, 1211:47 AM

What's absent about this elections? The absence of fair and balanced reporting from the mainstream media, but this is hardly anything new.

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endothermAug. 19, 12 2:16 PM

The Republican party has fallen off a cliff of extremism and has purged almost all of the common sense moderates from their ranks. Reasonable old Republicans like Arne Carlson or even the first President Bush are now regarded as liberals by a conservative base that has decided to slay its elders. The Democrats have their problems, but at least they still respect facts, listen to scientists and try to find workable policy proposals. Republicans seem to have given up on doing anything constructive in this country.

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pdxtranAug. 20, 1211:11 AM

The problem with the Independence Party is that it had no real platform or unifying philosophy except "We're not either of those other parties."

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