Duh! The Republicans Were NEVER a Third Party

John C. Fremont, 1856 Republican nominee for president, who lost to James  Buchanan, the worst president in US history,

Most people pushing for a third party challenge to the corrupt Democrats and Republicans have not a clue to history. Being history-challenged, they assert that Lincoln’s Republicans were a third party in 1860.

In fact, in 1860, the Republicans were the largest party in the country.

Similarly many think the Whigs were a third party as well.

The Whigs were formed by the merger of the National Republican and Anti-Masonic parties in 1834. In so merging they became the second party to the Democrats. They dissolved in 1854, as a national party.

When the Republicans ran their first presidential campaign in 1856, with John C. Fremont as their nominee, the Republicans were already the second party to the Democrats.

In other words neither the Whigs nor the Republicans WERE EVER a third party.

And for the record; No third party has EVER succeeded in electing a president.

 

 

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6 thoughts on “Duh! The Republicans Were NEVER a Third Party

  1. In 1912 the Progressive party finished 2nd, behind the Dem party and ahead of the ‘Pub’ party and could have won, if they joined the Pubs. TR didn’t​, because of his dislike of Taft. It is possible, but not probable, for a third party to win in the General.

    On Mar 29, 2017 12:02 AM, “Armory of the Revolution” wrote:

    Roland Vincent posted: “John c. Fremont, 1856 Republican nominee for president, who lost to Buchanan, the worst president in US history, Most people pushing for a third party challenge to the corrupt Democrats and Republicans have not a clue to history. Being history-challenged”

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  2. In 1912 the Progressive party, a third party finished​ second behind the Dems and would have beaten them, if TR would have joined with the Pubs. He chose to split the Republican party, because of his dislike of Taft.

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    • Teddy Roosevelt did better than any third party candidate in US history. But even it he had beaten both Taft and Wilson in the Electoral College, he would have been defeated in the House.

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