I am taking another shot at Thom's lack of scope on third party candidates. I never here from Thom the possibility of a third party candidacy which might incorprate a poltically unorthodox constiuency of voters. Perot being probably the best historical example. Maybe there is no one person waiting in the wings, but why not at least mention the concept sometime.
Is it completely unthikable to have a Sanders/Paul ticket or Nader/Paul ticket. Also might it not be possible for such two somes to come up with a presidential platform that would moderate thier differences in a way that could allow the support of voters from both sides of such tickets.
Ten to Twenty years ago there seemed to be some agreement between progressive and libertarian populist. Buchannan seemed to have had quite a following of those who opposed free trade, and an american first economic tilt. I guess parts of that are still around in the tea people, but their anti-government rhetoric makes it difficult for most of us progressives to imagine we might have the same ends in mind. I find it really hard to believe the mega corporation juggernaut can be stopped with market solutions alone, but I would support a discussion on how the seemingly opposite approaches might be merged towards a strategy that could result in commonly agreed upon end.