Burt Likko

Pseudonymous Portlander. Homebrewer. Atheist. Recovering litigator. Recovering Republican. Recovering Catholic. Recovering divorcé. Recovering Former Editor-in-Chief of Ordinary Times. House Likko's Words: Scite Verum. Colite Iusticia. Vivere Con Gaudium.


  1. Dobbs has been smoking crack. The next President will be a Republican or a Democrat, and in all likelihood will be one of (in decreasing order of likelihood) Clinton, Giuliani, Romney, or Obama.Just who is this independent populist who will rally the American people, over the next twelve months, to en masse reject more than two centuries of two-party politics? Dobbs himself? I don’t think so. It would need to be someone with immediate national name recognition, a personal life with little to criticize, substantial personal charisma, and substantial personal wealth. (Dobbs lacks all three; he can write, but that only gets you so far.) Mike Bloomberg? He passed. Donald Trump? Doesn’t want the job. Ralph Nader? Yeah, he did the progressives a lot of good, didn’t he? The best independent shots taken at the White House have been H. Ross Perot and Teddy Roosevelt (when he ran for a third term as a Bull Mooser). Americans view politics as an either/or proposition, which is why each and every time a strong independent candidate has stepped forward, he’s thrown the election to the major party candidate from whom he was, overall, the most ideologically distant: Perot threw the 1992 and 1996 elections to Clinton (yes, Clinton may well have won on his own in 1992, but we’ll never know for sure) and Roosevelt threw the 1912 election to Wilson.

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