Imagine you’re at a restaurant. But this particular restaurant only has two things on the menu — hamburgers and hot dogs. You’re looking the menu over, deciding which item to order. The problem is — you’re really not in the mood for either one.
But lo and behold! It turns out a mistake was made. Spaghetti is also on the menu! And that is something you just might be in the mood for! So your attention automatically swings to the third item — the one nobody expected — the one that people just MIGHT think is worth considering.
This restaurant metaphor can be used to describe an election consisting of two candidates — democrat and republican. And a third party candidate — a third party candidate who wants to appeal to those republicans who are more moderate, who might not vote for a democrat but who surely don’t want to vote for an election denier.
That is why I so want Liz Cheney to run as a third party. Not because I like her politics — I despise them. But because she would eat into votes from republicans, making it much easier for us to win. So far, Liz has said nothing. Do you know who has? Larry Hogan.
That’s right. The former Maryland governor has ruled out running on the Republican ticket. He has not, however, ruled out running as a third-party candidate. “The question keeps popping up more and more,” Hogan told ABC news.
Hogan says he isn’t sure Trump will be the nominee, which is true. He won’t be. However, he also said he wouldn’t rule out a third-party run though he did say that choice is a long way away from being decided.
So what are we to make of this? It’s pretty apparent to me that there are a whole lot of people who don’t want Trump or ANY election denier and that one or more of those people just might step up as third-party candidates should the opportunity present itself.
And Hogan is well-liked. He would definitely get votes. That’s without question. So we will have to wait and see. And Hogan is likely not the only one mulling over a third-party run to attract moderate Republicans. The 2024 presidential election is getting quite interesting indeed.