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Google Co-Founder: Tonight’s Winner Should ‘Withdraw’ From His Party, Govern Independently

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Slade Sohmer

By Slade Sohmer on November 6, 2012

Never let it be said that there are no new opinions left to trot out on Election Day.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin on Election Day did what nobody has ever done, which is write something meaningful and shareable on Google Plus. Brin offered this fresh idea that is catching on with Twittererers and Tumblrerers and Facebookers.

Because no matter what the outcome, our government will still be a giant bonfire of partisanship. It is ironic since whenever I have met with our elected officials they are invariably thoughtful, well-meaning people. And yet collectively 90% of their effort seems to be focused on how to stick it to the other party.

So my plea to the victors — whoever they might be: please withdraw from your respective parties and govern as independents in name and in spirit. It is probably the biggest contribution you can make to the country.

[If you agree, pass it on to your newly elected officials.]

That sentiment is great and all, and far be it from us to play uber-cynic, but that’s not even remotely a viable option. What would really make a difference? If Brin took some of his $20 billion net worth, combined it with Michael Bloomberg’s $25 billion net worth, and these non-aligned independents put some money behind a true third party — and not some bush-league No Labels party, but something legitimate with money behind it.

THAT’S how you do it.

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