I've argued for a long time that third parties are not built with grass roots movements with far left or far right politics from the bottom up, working from school boards and city councils to higher office. You do it from the top down by having establishment figures stake out a realigned part of the middle.
Prime Minister of Israel Ariel Sharon is putting this theory to the test, by breaking away from his Likud party, along with 10-14 parliament members including senior members of his cabinet to form a new political party.
We should see how this plays out in March or April of 2006.
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