With 60 percent of Democrats already embracing their collective left, ample numbers exist for a continued effort outside the Party. With a wide field of current left candidates and an expanded agenda, there are ample vehicles for an Independent run.
On a policy-level, there will be those so committed to an issue — climate change, socialized health care, immigration reform — that they could deem it necessary to continue carrying the flag past the Party nominee. An Independent run would immediately raise the issue and, to the mind of many, advance its cause.
On a political-level, there is ready support. An Independent run would immediately draw the considerable inherent support for third parties to the individual candidate. America’s century-old average of 4.5 percent of the popular vote, or last election’s almost 6 percent, are large figures — especially considering how many in today’s Democrat field are missing the two percent figure for inclusion in the debates.
Coupled with an Independent run’s chance to tap into far greater numbers, it has never been easier to do so. Already, the ability to fundraise and communicate directly with followers has made many in both parties relatively independent political contractors.