Chicken or egg, where does a new party start? Worldwide many parties have started around charismatic leaders but given Trump already has the Republican Party do we really need another cult masquerading as a political party? Yet without a viable candidate can a party get off the ground? In 2016 the Libertarian Party on paper had a viable ticket with two successful former governors. The reality of the top of the ticket’s unfamiliarity with Aleppo, a Syrian city then under bloody siege exposed a lack of knowledge or staff work or both. Libertarian disinterest in foreign involvement was exposed in the most unsettling manner. Even against maybe the two most disliked Presidential candidates, the Libertarians made hardly a ripple. While on the ballot in all states, no mean feat, they just didn’t have the organization and financing to be competitive. Without it they couldn’t attract winning candidates.
The young Republican Party didn’t come into existence just to elect its first presidential candidate, John C. Fremont. Rather, it was founded over opposition of slavery’s extension into new territories by disgruntled Whigs and free soil Democrats not being heard by the two dominate parties at the time. First they organized at the state level starting in 1854 and then held their national conventions in 1856 nominating Fremont as their first Presidential candidate. This gave a home for those politicians uncomfortable or overlooked in their old parties to have a path forward in the new party. This empowered legions of voters not aligned with the agrarian slave holding interests. The last truly successful party was built from the ground up. It found its leaders along the way.