No How, No Way, No Labels
Twenty-twenty four is already filling a lot of Democrats with fear. They’re afraid Donald Trump will get the Republican nomination, and possibly get re-elected. Or they fear Ron DeSantis will be the GOP candidate, who’d be tougher to beat and more dangerous than Trump if, God forbid, he were ever re-elected.
But Democrats are wrong. They’re not wrong to worry. They’re wrong on what they’re worrying about. It’s not Trump or DeSantis who pose the greatest threat to Joe Biden in 2024. It’s a misguided gang of once-upon-a-time Democrats who’ve naively set out on a plan that will only guarantee the re-election of Donald Trump.
They call themselves the “No Labels” organization, but “No Clue” might be more apt. In theory, it sounds good. They claim their mission is to support centrist, bipartisan policies and politics, which is something all of us can only hope for in this hopelessly divided political age. They deserve credit for creating the “Problem Solvers Caucus” in the House, where Republicans and Democrats hammer out legislative solutions together.
So far, so good. No Labels has been around since 2010, but I’ll admit I never took them seriously. Until now. I always dismissed them as a little nutty but harmless, like those who show up dressed like early-American colonists at Fourth of July parades. But no longer. Because the No Labels crowd now poses a real threat to our democracy. If successful, they will destroy Joe Biden and guarantee the re-election of Donald Trump, the worst and most divisive president in our history.
According to No Labels, the Democratic Party has moved too far to the left and the Republican Party has moved too far to the right, leaving all centrists behind. Therefore, they’ve long argued, the American people deserve a third choice for president, a “Centrist” candidate. But now they’re no longer just pining about how nice it would be to have a third choice, they’re determined to make it happen.
No Labels has committed to raising $70 million to put a third-party candidate on the ballot in 2024. They’ve scheduled a national convention in Dallas on April 23, 2024 to nominate their candidates for president and vice president. They’re working to get their third party on the ballot in all 50 states, and they’re already making progress. Colorado was first to put them on the ballot. Last week, they also qualified for the ballot in Arizona.
No Labels piously insists that their third-party candidate would only serve as an “insurance policy,” giving voters a choice in case either party nominates a candidate who’s too extreme. Who do they think they’re kidding? It’s pretty clear the Democratic Party’s going to re-nominate Joe Biden. If Republicans do, in fact, nominate Donald Trump, voters will already have a centrist choice on the ballot: Biden.
As the independent think tank “Third Way” pointed out in a memo last week, first reported by Politico, a third-party candidate would not be an “insurance policy,” but a “spoiler” – in effect, handing the election to Donald Trump. And Third Way provides the numbers to back up their claim.
In 2020, Biden won big with those who four years earlier had voted for third-party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson. In 2024, a No Labels candidate could peel away enough voters to hand the election to Trump, especially in a state like Arizona, which Biden only won in 2020 by 10,500 votes.
In 2020, Biden won so-called “double-haters,” people who don’t like either party, by 15 points. Giving them a third choice in 2024 would only take votes from Biden and give them to Trump.
In 2020, Biden won six of seven states where the margin was three points or less: Georgia, Arizona, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and Michigan. Even a weak third-party candidate in 2024 would put 79 potential electoral votes for Biden at risk.
And then, of course, there’s the ultimate reality: a third-party candidate can’t win nationwide. But, as Democrats learned with Ralph Nader in 2000, they can sure do a lot of damage. In 2024, Democratic strategist Paul Begala warns, far from bringing voters together in the center, a No Labels candidate could “reward the most extreme, most divisive, most angry forces in our politics.”
Voters beware! Don’t be fooled. Heed what Lincoln Project co-founder Rick Wilson says: “No Labels is a Trump Re-Election Committee.” No Labels deserves no time, no support, no money, and no votes. Every vote for No Labels is a vote for Donald Trump.
(Bill Press is host of The BillPressPod, and author of 10 books, including: “From the Left: My Life in the Crossfire.” His email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Readers may also follow him on Twitter @billpresspod.)
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