Skip to comments.For Any Residual Paulbots Who Think It Would Be Cute to Vote Libertarian Today...
Posted on 11/06/2012 7:23:25 AM PST by Reaganite Republican
The reason is simple. Unlike a parliamentary system in which governments are formed by coalitions of large and small parties, our electoral system is a first-past-the-post, winner-take-all one in which a winning presidential candidate just needs to get more than 50% of the vote. This means each contending "major" party is itself a coalition that needs to assemble enough diverse voting groups within it to get to 51%. Hence the need to appeal to the so-called moderates and independents rather than the more "extreme" elements within.
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Ron Paul. The *hetero* David Duke.
I agree with you about Ron Paul. But calling those voters names is not likely to convince them. Be nice.
Shh...don’t let this get around, but the dirty little secret about our political system is this: the flaw in the system is not the number of parties - it’s human nature.
That won’t change, no matter how many or how few parties we have.
This thread is certainly likely to win over their votes.
Many of us are in states that are not in play.
I voted for Tom Hoefling this morning in Illinois.
I hope Romney defeats Obama.
Then I look forward to defeating Romney in 2016.
In the meantime, I would be pleasantly surprised if Romney truly changed after a whole lifetime of being Romney. Even if he lives down to expectations, I will be grateful that the aggressiveness of the attack on great American institutions and religious freedom will be attenuated.
Most committed paultards will either write in Ron Paul or vote for Obama. Very few are really Republicans and most never had any intention of voting for the eventual GOP nominee.
Paulbots were simply trying to take over the GOP, even though the vast majority of conservatives completely oppose about 50% of their agenda.
Never trust a paultard. These people have nearly reached cult status. I am not convinced paulbots will even stop supporting Ron Paul after he has passed away.
It should scare anyone whats going on in our schools and this election may be one of our last chances to have a say.
I never knew it was this bad.
Today my co-worker(democrat) said her son in elementary school had their Mock-Election yesterday. The vote: 90% Obama / 10% Romney . She said her son came home and said he doesn’t like Romney. She didn’t know how her son even knew who he was, but was happy that at least the school is teaching him something. Utter shame.
Make your vote count.
May the heros of Benghazi be proud of how we vote today.
They gave their lives for us, now we need to give our votes for them.
Vote as if the lives of our Military Men and Women depended on it.
[Pass it on.]
Trust me - someone who is dead set on voting for a third party will not be swayed by anything as tawdry as facts or reason. They have their sacred “principles,” don’t you know?
Only once they see for themselves will they waker up.
Trust me. Been there, done that, not interested in going back.
Oh, I remember my teachers indoctrinating us re. how great Jimmy Carter was going to be, I was twelve at the time.
I came home saying something about how Carter seemed ‘cool’ and my parents about spit out their dinner on the table lol
but what about my weeed man?
Nothing is likely to win over their votes. Crazy is crazy.
Which reminds me, I have to peek into Stormfront and watch the gnashing of teeth and their Paul-plots.
The opposite is true ~ you need to go after THOSE WITHIN who I believe he tagged as "more extreme elements" . The reason is if they don't show up you don't win because you cannot make up for their absence with nearly non-existent independents or, yeccchhh, moderates!
You can play coalition building during the primary/caucus/convention stage of political play, but by the time you have one of the two major coalition group nominations, that's all over. From that point on out the real game is TURNOUT and Suppression of the other coalition's votes ~ mostly by telling them how absolutely intolerable and evil their own candidate is, or will become.
The earliest proponents of this point of view were Barry Goldwater and Lyndon Baines Johnson. Goldwater messed with his coalition backers, and LBJ used turnout management to beat him like a cheap rug!
Richard Nixon figured it out and got elected two times after that ~ he had been a believer in the bell shaped normal curve with moderates in the middle but he abandoned that with 'Law and Order' ~ and then after him you had Ronald Reagan devise a powerful Republican coalition party and he swept to victory twice.
His successor, George Bush, screwed up by imagining there were moderates, et al ~ so he really lost bad, and so did Bob Dole who shared that view. Finally George "W" Bush came along and he didn't share his father's belief, and he won two times.
Obama's backers are into the game of building registrations while the candidates duke it out in primaries with lots of press coverage AND making sure they have all the major candidates facing off in primaries ~ that way no large constituent coalition groups get POd and turn against the party.
They follow it up with major get out the vote activities ~ plus a modicum of cheating!
The method works well unless your candidate really screws up the economy, so Obama is already DOWN 10 million early voting ballots!
Herbert Hoover taught everybody what it means when you founder around in a long term recession. Guess Democrats never bother looking at what went on with the Republicans!
BTW, there's a lead paragraph in Randy's piece that is so close to one I've developed and used many times over the last 9 years I'd suggest that he LIFTED IT from right here at Free Republic. Glad to see my stuff is in use, but I think Randy owes it to us to 'splain why he thinks everything beyond the first past the post coalition party section should be dropped in favor of the old fashioned, never did work right anyway, nonsense about moderates and independents.
Just rather leaves the whole thought hanging.
I am a life-long Republican and I voted for Ron Paul in the primary. I also voted for Romney in the general election but those of you calling Paul supporters “Paulbots” aren’t helping Romney one bit. Sure there are some who will never be convinced but that isn’t all of us. I have worked hard to persuade fellow Paul supporters to join the team and have convinced many but this kind of divisive rhetoric including the derogatory word “Paulbot” is counter-productive and hurts Mitt Romney.
Thought so ~ just a few hours to go and it's back to normal. Actually, 8 hours and 12 minutes ~
By drawing libertarian politicos from both major parties, the LP makes these parties less libertarian at the margin than they would otherwise be...Hogwash.
About 95% of real Conservatives reject the Paulista dialogue totally.
First - for the record - I am a Paul sympathizer who just voted for Romney.
Second - your insulting attitude towards those of us who have Libertarian sympathies, especially with regard to our impossible fiscal situation, is more likely to repel voters than attract them.
Finally - it wasn’t that long ago on this site wherein Romney supporters were labled “Mittbots” and sometimes even had their accounts banned.
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