On May 28, a group called Unity08 announced plans to choose an independent presidential candidate over the internet, and petition to get him or her on the November 2008 ballots. On May 31 the group was featured in the Washington Post and on the PBS News show Lehrer News Hour. The publicity was due to the fact that Unity08 is being organized by experienced and well-known Democratic and Republican political organizers. The spokesmen on the Lehrer News Hour were Doug Bailey and Hamilton Jordan. They believe that the Democratic and Republican presidential selection process (depending on Iowa caucus attendees and New Hampshire voters) is too exclusionary. They also believe that the two major parties cannot tackle the pressing issues of the day, because the base of each of these parties is fixated on issues that are not as pressing. Finally, they believe that the two major parties are so hostile to each other, and so dedicated to winning at any price, that public discourse and government policy suffer.
For more information, see www.unity08.com.