Some of you may know that I came very close to joining the Republican Party last year. I backed off (and have maintained my status as ‘conservative independent’) because of rampant moral inconsistency and fiscal irresponsibility among Republican politicos. Sadly, the Democratic Party has not yet provided a viable alternative—so I still find myself sympathizing with the Republicans as the lesser of two evils.

Interestingly, I am not alone. President Bush’s low poll numbers are largely because Republicans are now turning their backs on the Republican Party’s newfound wishy-washiness.

Peggy Noonan points to this trend as evidence that the time is right for a new political party—one more closely aligned with the will of the people than either of the two major parties today. I’m not sure I buy it, but I would sure like to—especially with the continuing degradation of discourse between the left and right these days.

  • Third Time: America May Be Ready for a New Political Party (Wall St. Journal, free email registration may be required).