From Peggy Noonan's latest column:
watch a third-party bid. The centrist group No Labels says it's provisionally attempting to get on the ballot in all 50 states. We'll see how that works. But a third party, if it comes, could have real and surprising power in this cycle. I am the only person I know who thinks this but, again, look at people's faces when you say it will be Trump or Biden.
Independents now outnumber members of each party. No hunger for a third-party effort is discernible in the polls. So the effort would have to blow people out of their comfortable trenches and make them want to go over the top to seize new ground. It would have to be something centrists, by their nature, aren't: dramatic. The people who would lead such an effort worry about whether or not they'd wind up as spoilers for the Democrats. You could argue as well it might spoil things for the Republicans.
They should be thinking: We are past the moment for such questions. If you think the country is in trouble and needs another slate of candidates, do it. No ambivalence, no guilt about spoiling it for the lesser of evils. If you're serious, go for it. Look at the other two guys as spoilers.
Noonan writes, "I am the only person I know who thinks this." She's not the only person. I also think this and am grateful to her for framing it so eloquently.