No Labels Gives Up On 2024 Presidential Bid

No Labels, a group that was planning to put forward a third-party presidential ticket, has announced that it’s abandoning those ambitions in an April 4 announcement.

“Americans remain more open to an independent presidential run, and hungrier for unifying national leadership, than ever before. But No Labels has always said we would only offer our ballot line to a ticket if we could identify candidates with a credible path to winning the White House. No such candidates emerged, so the responsible course of action is for us to stand down,” No Labels said in Thursday’s release.

After numerous potential candidates turned them down, including former Gov. Nikki Haley (R-SC), Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV), and former Gov. Chris Christie (R-NJ), No Labels has exhausted all of its options.

Democrats are delighted about the news, with the consensus that any potential third-party candidates will only act as spoilers for President Joe Biden’s reelection campaign.

These fears aren’t exactly unfounded. With the president’s terrible approval ratings, left-wing voters are reluctant to vote for Biden, but would never consider voting for former President Donald Trump. Third-party candidates provide a convenient way out for voters who’ve lost faith in the lethargic incumbent.

“If the reports are true, millions of Americans are relieved that No Labels finally decided to do the right thing to keep Donald Trump out of the White House,” said Rahna Epting, executive director of the progressive group MoveOn. “Now, it’s time for Robert Kennedy Jr. to see the writing on the wall that no third-party has a path forward to winning the presidency. We must come together to defeat the biggest threat to our democracy and country: Donald Trump.”

Of course, the Democrats’ idea that a lawfully elected president is a threat to our democracy is ludicrous. Whether regular Americans are relieved that their options are diminishing is up for debate, but it seems that the democratic elites’ fears are soothed, at least.

Many might wonder what No Labels plans to do with the millions they’ve raised for the now-abandoned effort, but the group says it doesn’t plan on going anywhere.

The group says it will “remain engaged over the next year during what is likely to be the most divisive presidential election of our lives.” and “promote dialogue around major policy challenges and call out both sides when they speak and act in bad faith.”

It’ll be interesting to see whether No Labels remains relevant, and what sort of impact the group might have on the future of American politics. But it’s more than likely that they’ll be forgotten quickly amid the noise of the upcoming election.