Monday, September 12, 2011
America 2011: The public is having an economic crisis and the politicians are having an election
America Needs a Makeover (The Daily Beast, By Tony Dokoupil, MSNBC/PowerWall) Interview with Tom Friedman and Michael Mandelbaum:
TF: Right now it's like the public is having an economic crisis and the politicians are having an election. There's almost no overlap between the two groups. It's like they're in a circle and we're in a circle. What that tells you is that the incentives—financial and political—don't correspond to the themes of the country.
Which is why you say the system needs a shock, perhaps from an independent third candidate.
MM: It's not going to correct itself with its own routine procedure. We think an independent candidate probably would not win, but would reveal the existence of a large constituency up for grabs between the Republicans and Democrats, and that would create incentives for each party to try to co-opt those voters by adopting some of those programs.