It’s an even-numbered year, which means it’s just about time for Thomas Friedman to start beating the drum again for a centrist, technocratic third party (or as he puts it, Third Party) that will somehow get things done by ignoring the realities of power politics. All that stuff doesn’t matter, you see, because the Internet … or something.
During the last election cycle, Friedman used his column at least 10 times to call for a third-party candidate for president. Of course, he never proposes any reforms that would make a third party viable, such as parliamentary democracy with proportional representation. This old Tom Tomorrow cartoon captures Friedman’s position perfectly. See, it’s not all Iraq all the time around here.