Mary Matalin, a long-time Republican political strategist whose star is made all the brighter because of her odd couple marriage to vocal Democratic analyst James Carville, said America’s politics is on the cusp of big change that includes the fall of the two-party system and the emergence of what she called a “new majority.”
“[It’s time] for a new majority political party to rise,” she said, in a column for National Review that took a look at the current state of politics in the United States. “For many Americans – as is evidenced by its exponential recent growth – that commonsense alternative is the Libertarian Party.”
Matalin’s remarks actually fall in line with what the Founding Fathers envisioned the nation’s government to be.
George Washington, in his Farewell Address, actually warned about the pitfalls of political parties and said: “The alternate domination of one faction over another, sharpened by the spirit of revenge, natural to party dissension, which in different ages and countries has perpetrated the most horrid enormities, is itself a frightful despotism.”
Washington actually warned a system of dueling parties would lead to political in-fights that would divide the nation and, in some instances, open the doors to tyranny.
Matalin gave up her affiliation with the Republican Party earlier this month and registered Libertarian.
At the time, she said, Politico reported: “I’m a never Hillary and I’m a provisional Trump.” She also said she liked Trump’s “strategic chutzpah” and “attitude,” and that “he had the gall to put macro messaging over micro targeting.”
But she also suggested in her National Review piece that the rise of Trump was heralding a dramatic shift in American politics.
Her op-ed, entitled “The two-party system is ready to fall,” included this statement: “Frustration, fear, and impatience with the GOP’s evolution away from the provably productive principles that attracted so many Baby Boomers is quantifiable across the conservative spectrum.”
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She went on: “Those left behind by their respective political parties have, to date, only been able to manifest their protest to this betrayal in the hardly impactful act of re-registering as independents. Not since the ratification of the Constitution and the tumult culminating in the epic campaign of 1800 between Jefferson and Adams has there been such a fertile landscape for a new majority political party to rise. … The opportunity is ripe for a grass-roots political revolt that can overturn the two-party system.”
Matalin’s piece was aimed at pressing support for Austin Petersen for president. Gary Johnson, however, secured the Libertarian nomination instead.