No Labels, No Ideas, No Candidates, No Clue

In the most unsurprising announcement of the week, No Labels has given up its plan for a third-party “unity” ticket, proving that generic brand politics has about as much appeal as generic brand consumer products. But at least the generic store brands, with their bland labels, save you money. Just what was the No Labels ticket going to stand for? Was there ever a single idea that No Labels stood for? Would they save you any money, or even your dignity for voting for an all-mush ticket? About the only thing they’d have going for them is that whoever they picked, they/them wouldn’t be Trump or Biden. Feel the excitement.

Third parties only emerge to challenge existing parties when there is an issue neither party can address coherently, or when there is a significant split within an existing party. Parties always have some internal conflicts and contradictions, but they make more sense than a No Labels ticket.

But to cap the frivolity, we have the self-sainted Mitt Romney, writing in the Wall Street Journal today, arguing that No Labels should endorse one of the major party candidates:

In exchange for its nod—and for raising money and organizing a ground game—the group should demand a voice in the administration commensurate with its contribution. . .

Having No Labels voices at the presidential table could help promote the interests of Americans-at-large above those of the rabid partisans. No Labels’ endorsement and campaign engagement would have the greatest impact if it is combined or coordinated with other like-minded movements, such as Forward and Stand Together.

I propose a new hybrid organization: Standing Forward Together with Labels of No. Lifting their voices at the table!

I had no idea that Romney has a talent for droll satire. Oh wait—he actually means this! Just what would its “contribution” be, since No Labels doesn’t stand for anything in particular? Just who from No Labels would be formulating the No Labels position on what presidential policy should be? Have they asked their members? I don’t think they have any. No Labels is the political equivalent of a snipe hunt. Periodic scoldings from Romney is probably about all you’d get from it.

Can I have my 2012 vote back somehow?

(On the other hand, if a No Labels government meant a do-nothing government, I might change my mind.  As I like to say, gridlock in Washington is almost as good as constitutional government.)

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