[A] striking 53 percent (of voters surveyed) say that they will consider voting for a third party candidate next year.
Voters have been throwing them out since 2006. It’s really all they can do. Hasn’t worked yet.
The last three elections were wave elections against the party that was in power at the time. I would argue that, in effect, all three were effectively votes against elitist, “centrist” opinion. In 2006, the “suck on this” war drove the Democratic victory, in 2008, the continuation of the “suck on this” war and the Maestro Greenspan-ravaged economy drove another Democratic victory, in 2010, the Kaplan-approved, insufficiently-stimulated economy drove a big Republican victory.
That is why there is something so incredibly perverse about the new pundit-and-plutocrat party that Friedman and his ilk are pimping: voters are unhappy precisely because of the policies that pundits and plutocrats pushed on the country. I can’t think of a better illustration of the shock doctrine than “centrist” elites driving the country into a ditch so that they can put Michael Bloomberg in charge of everything.
Of course, this is already going on, as Very Serious People use our austerity-throttled economic crisis to argue in favor of more austerity.