The Third Way
Dissatisfaction with John McCain among the GOP faithful is legion, and there is steadfast resentment among the netroots over Obama's about-face on FISA, leaving many ready to explore a third-party option.
Third Party Watch (via) notes that a Rueters poll indicating a 7 point lead by Obama over McCain at this point, when Ralph Nader and Bob Barr are added to the mix, Obama's lead jumps to 10 points, nearly all of the defectors to the protest candidates coming from McCain supporters.
The big winner is the Green Party, sort of. For the first time since 1980 (also via), the Marxist-Leninist Workers World Party is not fielding a presidential candidate, but has endorsed the Green's Girl, Cynthia McKinney.
I watched C-SPAN last Sunday when they replayed an interview with Libertarian candidate Bob Barr* and covered the acceptance speeches by the Green Party vice-presidential candidate and presidential nominee McKinney. Barr is hoping to cash in on the Ron Paul Blimpies phenomenon. The Greens were quoting Kanye West**.
*Note to Bob Barr: Ayn Rand wrote fiction, not text books. (Anyone who cites Atlas Shrugged as the guiding influence on their political philosophy loses every ounce of credibility in my opinion.)
**Note to Cynthia McKinney: Double that when it comes to rappers, or any musicians not named Bob Dylan.