A time for third parties to emerge

Democrats divided over the war in Iraq

The Democratic Party’s split over the Iraq war cracked into view Tuesday as liberals hissed New York Sen. Hillary Clinton’s opposition to setting a date for U.S. troops’ withdrawal and cheered Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry’s call to bring them home by the end of the year.

Kerry should have done that while running for president, when it would have made a difference. Talk is cheap. If he truly believes what he said, then why isn’t he saying so on the Senate floor? Still, the fractures in the Democratic Party are obvious.

In Kansas, a troubling fissure for GOP

Political observers say the fracture within the Kansas GOP may foreshadow the future for the national party. The division between moderates and social conservatives is expected to define the contest for the party’s 2008 presidential nomination.

Ah, so Republican moderates are finally tiring of having their politics dictated to them by the equivalent of the Flat Earth Society? In Kansas, no less. Interesting!

If ever there was a time for third parties to make a strong move, it’s now. The voters in both parties are clearly tired of the status quo. The Green Party could make an impact, however they’re hampered by internal squabbling and lack of organization at the national and state levels. Not that I’m all that sold on electoral politics, far from it. But this sure looks to be the time for some bat-out-of-nowhere third party (or parties) to explode upon the national scene.