Reform Party Limps Toward 2016
20 years ago, businessman Ross Perot used his wealth to create a new political party, the Reform Party. The Reform Party pledged to work for balanced federal budgets and congressional term limits, but popular support for Ross Perot fell apart, and aside from the election of Jesse Ventura as Governor of Minnesota, the party never saw electoral victory.
Remember Andre Barnett? He was the Reform Party presidential candidate in 2012, receiving almost no attention and getting only 962 votes.
At present, there is only one candidate for the Reform Party presidential nomination in 2016. Stephen Marks from Tamarac, Florida declared his candidacy 2 months ago. He has raised no money, created no campaign web site, and received zero coverage from journalists.
So, at present, the Reform Party doesn’t seem to be in a strong position to perform well in the 2016 presidential election. Then again, it isn’t too late for the Reform Party to return to its roots, by having a wealthy businessman pump it full of cash, creating the false appearance of a popular movement.
In what sense would that be reform?