Throughout the last century there have been many third party movements seeking to challenge the existing two party power structure. Many have been on the extreme of the political spectrum while some have seeked to unite the American people. The most successful of these was Ross Perot due to his billionaire fortune and unique independent populist viewpoint. He railed against deficit spending and outsourcing of jobs. Even though he lost he made a significant impact on the political climate. Later on Paleoconservative Pat Buchanan and Progressive Ralph Nader's third party campaigns, as well as, Ron Paul's campaign within the Republican Party have seeked to appeal to that growing populist sentiment which has become disenchanted with the political and economic establishment.
In recent years, the American people have felt betrayed by both presidents Bush and Obama and both political parties. Obama's approval rating has plummeted and the public ,reluctantly, gave the republicans another chance. The Tea Party has helped reinvigorate the Conservative wing of the Republican Party at the expense of moderate republicans. Many critics of the Tea Party movement point out it has drifted away from the original liberty movement which revolved around Ron Paul's campaign into a clone of the Republican Party.
With both moderate Republicans and Democrats becoming a rare breed, many socalled centrists are seeking a new political home. With independents strongly rejecting both parties, the opportunity for a new centrist party seems ripe. However, many of these centrist politicians are far from independent of the establishment.
A new political organization called "No Labels" , founded in December, is seeking to appeal to independents who have rejected the existing two parties. No Labels does not take official positions on issues and claims that it does not intend to start a third party. They state that their mission "seeks to change the dynamics of our political culture and provide support for those politicians who will put their labels aside and work across the aisle to solve problems." This may sound great but both Republican and Democratic Politicians have worked together to screw the American people on issues such as Free Trade, Amnesty, Bailouts, and the Patriot Act. Most of those involved with the movement support these positions.
The big figures involved in the movement are about as establishment as you can get. The movement was founded by Democratic Fundraiser Nancy Jacobson and together is run by George Bush's former strategist Mark McKinnon. Bush's former speech writer David Frum who coined the phrase "Axis of Evil" and referred to patriots opposed to the invasion of Iraq as "Unpatriotic Conservatives" is also a founding leader. Prominent politicians involved include Michael Bloomberg, Joe Lieberman, Evan Bayh, Charlie Crist, and Antonio Villaraigosa. The Organizations top financiers typically donate to pro-corporate democrats. One top donator is James Tisch, who's billionair family bought CBS in 1986 and pushed it in a more hawkish pro-Israel agenda in regards to mideast affairs.
Many of the organization's critics claim that it is being set up as a vehicle for billionaire Mayor Bloomberg to run for President in 2012. Whether Bloomberg runs or not, those involved with the movement, much like Bloomberg, are members of the political establishment and economic elites. They are trying to capitalize on the growing desire for a new independent movement but want to make sure it is kept in line with their interests. Their main goal is to prevent an authentic populist movement from ever forming that would challenge big money interests, pro-war lobby, globalization and the political and economic power structure.