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If you want to call it “fickle” to leave the two-party system behind in favor creating a new political culture, call me fickle!

  • 2010: Fight for fickle kids (By: Eamon Javers, Politico) Stanford University political science professor Morris Fiorina is convinced that both political parties haven’t yet grasped the scale of the change that’s happening in society. Republicans, he said, made the mistake of assuming that the divisions they exploited in the 2000-2004 elections were much deeper and more durable than they actually were — and were shocked by vote swings in 2006 and 2008 that would have seemed inconceivable in 2004. Not to mention, he said, “the emergence of Obama out of nowhere.”


Independent-turned-Democrat Joe Sestak plans to challenge veteran Republican-turned Democrat Sen. Arlen Specter in the 2010 Pennsylvania Democratic primary.

  • Senate candidates from opposite sides use same strategy against Specter (By Reid Wilson, The Hill) Whether it is the outlier result of a single poll or the harbinger of inroads to come, Toomey actually leads Specter by a 46-42 percent margin among independent voters in a Quinnipiac University survey. The poll was conducted July 14-19.
  • Sestak ready to announce he’ll take on Specter (By Thomas Fitzgerald, Philadelphia Inquirer)
  • Sestak Fires Back: Dem. Specter Makes Republican Swift Boat Attacks On Dem. Military Veterans (By Brian Beutler, TPM, July 9, 2009)


Gov race: Dem Corzine vs. Repub Christie vs. independent Daggett


Special elections in NY are nonpartisan and therefore allow everyone to vote regardless of registration. They favor insurgents and independent candidates.

Goo-Goos To Paterson: Don’t Call 38th AD Special Election (Liz Benjamin, Daily News/Daily Politics)

For more independent news, see The Hankster, where the independents are…

  • http://naomiazulaypt.com Naomi Azulay

    Fickle we may be, but one thing’s consistent: Independents are growing in number and that’s a good thing! The more the politicians have to pay attention to what concerns the American people, rather than count on “party loyalty”, the better off we’ll all be.

  • http://grassrootsindependent.blogspot.com/ Nancy Hanks

    Yes, gives people (not parties) some leverage! Entrenched special interests don’t deserve our loyalty — but democracy does, I think. I’m in favor of increased democracy which means ordinary people taking responsibility for our political culture and participating in creating new forms of political life…. I love that we have a community organizer as President — gives people a sense of possibilities we created that were not there before.

  • Tully

    Just wanted to say I am enjoying my Daily Hanks!

  • jacob.donklephant

    Hi Nancy. That Javers link was awesome.

    If I may, what’s your goal with all this? Is it to build a new party and make it viable (the Donklephant Party!)? Or is it to work on the hearts and minds of the people, and in the bowels of our government, until all third parties are viable options?

    It seems like in many contexts independents are just pendulums that swing back and forth between Republicans and Democrats. They swung over to Obama last year and if all goes well will swing back to whoever in 2012.

    If you agree with Javers (and I do), America is ripe for real change. Which, to me, means breaking free of the two party system. Trippi and Dean taught us the power of the internet to build a movement and, apparently (though I’m not sure how to apply it yet), Apple can teach us a few things about building loyalty …

    But what are we going to do with it? I suppose we start by just getting involved and making our voices heard. When we’re louder than the lunatics at either fringe and the Donks and the Phants are forced to listen, though, what are we going to say?

  • http://grassrootsindependent.blogspot.com/ Nancy Hanks

    Tully, thanks for your encouragement!!

    jacob – Yes, I liked the Javers article too, and to your question, my goal, such as it is, is to bring to light the many ways that independents are being talked about, and hopefully including the words and more importantly the ongoing activities of actual independents (on the ground, so to speak — activists) so that thoughtful political people can talk and dialogue on all these issues more independently, in a less partisan manner. A government of the people, by the people, for the people is a very tall order given our current bureaucratic and alienated systemized governmental procedure.

    Apple didn’t get built that way, and for that matter neither did we! We need a resurgence of political entrepreneurship! It’s a matter of creativity, building new things, inventions, possibilities. Brand loyalty is something that commercial enterprises have learned from psychology and I wouldn’t deny the power of advertising. But marketing doesn’t replace the production of new ideas, new forms, new products.

    What are we going to do with it? I really hope we can become a more creative people in the name of humanity. I think you have hit the nail on the head when you say “I suppose we start by just getting involved and making our voices heard.” At the same time, I wouldn’t discount the “lunatics at either fringe” — there might be a good idea or 2 there! I also seriously doubt that we will ever get the Donks and Phants to listen. They’re the establishment! Why would they listen? I would go further and say that we should start now to create a new way of doing politics.

    And what will we say when we do that? We’ll say whatever we want to say, and whatever we need to say, on our own behalf. Will our voice have a particular ideology? I don’t think so — we have to move beyond ideology to say what we have to say I think.

    Let’s keep talking. Thanks so much for your thought-provoking comment!

  • jacob.donklephant

    Let’s keep talking. Thanks so much for your thought-provoking comment!

    Yes, let’s! Thank you.