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Why a united bipartisan ticket is worse than a single-party setup

A.J. Newth

A bipartisan White House for the next four years will bring about more political struggles and will drastically change the already fragile political system of the U.S.

A political organization called No Labels has an idea for potentially ending the country’s political turmoil: running a third-party “unity ticket” in the upcoming 2024 presidential election.

A unity ticket would allow a presidential candidate and a running mate from two different political parties to run together.

In other words, No Labels’ unity ticket would put a Republican in the presidential seat and a Democrat in the vice presidential seat, or vice versa.

Having a potential Republican and Democrat joined together as president and vice president in the White House is not only a horrible idea, it would be disastrous for the U.S. and will only further divide the country to a point of no return.

In a September 2023 research report, some scholars claimed that Americans are so polarized that they are on the brink of civil war, according to The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

However, one must look well beyond that singular idea. No Labels should immediately look at the catastrophic consequences that could occur if it is able to run its unity ticket during the 2024 presidential election.

The thought of No Labels running a bipartisan ticket for the upcoming election should scare all Americans. If this organization decides to try for a third-party bid, it could severely spoil President Joe Biden’s chances of remaining in the White House for the next four years and have many more negative and possibly never-before-seen effects on U.S. politics.

According to the No Labels website, it is a social welfare organization established in 2009 with a goal to give a voice to America’s commonsense majority.

No Labels aims to unite Democrats and Republicans trying to solve Congress’ most intractable problems.

However, this is easier said than done. In fact, Mother Jones, an investigative news organization, revealed in 2023 that many No Labels donors have conservative roots. One person on this list, billionaire and CEO Michael Smith, has donated to No Labels while most of his other donations have gone to conservative causes.

Conservative donors know that giving money to No Labels so it can run a third-party ticket on the ballot this fall will help defeat Biden by taking votes from him.

The chances of the No Labels unity ticket winning in the election is slim. According to a March 2024 poll conducted by Third Way and G Squared Public Strategies, the potential No Labels ticket was predicted to finish last.

This just goes to show exactly how pointless a potential third-party bid would be and that conservatives are only donating to No Labels to take votes away from Biden. POLITICO even reported that No Labels does not have access to the ballot in all 50 states yet, just showing how discombobulated the organization is as a whole.

Democratic lawmakers on Capitol Hill have grown increasingly angry at No Labels and are concerned that if the group runs a bipartisan ticket in the upcoming fall election that it will siphon votes from Biden, according to NBC News.

Along with that, most of No Labels’ decision making has been kept private, thus making it hard for people on the outside to even know what is happening with the organization.

This just goes to show how much No Labels is disliked among members of Congress.

I think many people can agree with these members of Congress. Just because the idea of having a bipartisan presidential ticket has been talked about in the past, does not mean it is a good idea today.

The U.S. will continue to be in this unending spiral of polarization and political ineffectiveness. If No Labels decides to bid for the White House, it will only make things worse.

No Labels will only help former President Donald Trump get back in the White House and this should alarm all citizens. Another four years under Trump or a test with the No Labels unity ticket will undo democracy so badly to where it may be unretrievable.

No Labels should be labeled as a horrible idea at an even worse time.

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    criggsMar 27, 2024 at 12:38 pm

    Not once, in your entire article, do you have one word about why a bipartisan team would be a horrible idea, if elected. You only talk about the danger it would pose of electing Trump in the election (which is erroneous, by the way; check out my (very expensive!) SurveyUSA survey, which revealed that Haley, for example, as an independent, took four points from both Biden and Trump equally; load up their home page, surveyusadotnet , go to their Recent Polling and pull up the February surveys and you’ll see it listed).

    So how about it? If elected, what would be so “horrible” about having, say, a Republican president and a Democratic vice president???

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    Bennett GreenspanMar 27, 2024 at 11:35 am

    I’m disappointed to say that this article is wrong on so many levels. There isn’t any real ‘reporting’ here, just a cornucopia of fear mongering that both parties have championed (and spread) as a way to insure that their monopoly on power (and the $ that flows along with it) remains in the hands of parties who care more about themselves then they do our Country.

    If journalists want the country to be better…then they need to do a better job of honest reporting.