Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Third Party Options
Vanity | April 14, 2012 | Engraved-on-His-hands

Posted on 04/14/2012 7:08:22 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands

Sorry for the vanity, but, due to the unpleasant situation in which Mitt Romney is the favorite for the Republican Party nomination for President, I thought that exploring other options might be an appropriate topic. While Newt Gingrich is still in the running for the Republican nod, his chances do not appear to be good. Although not giving up entirely on him at this point, I thought that exploring third party options might be helpful as a fallback plan. (Caveat: I am not an expert on the parties discussed.)

There are at least 53 political parties in the United States. Apart from the Democrat and Republican parties, there are three others with occasional minor national significance: the Constitution Party, the Libertarian Party, and the Green Party. Of the remaining 48 parties, there are five that are national parties that have a conservative foundation. For the purpose of this post, I will not look at the libertarian parties, nor will I consider those that are moderate or more left-wing in their views.

Apart from the Constitution Party, the five national conservative parties are the following:

America First Party

America's Party

American Party

Christian Liberty Party

Independent American Party

Of these five, the America First Party, the Christian Liberty Party, and the American Party appear to be either inactive or so miniscule in activity and efforts that they might be considered inactive for all practical purposes. The Independent American Party and America’s Party appear to be the most active. However, I could not find any source indicating that the Independent American Party intends to have a nominee for President in 2012.

This leaves the Constitution Party and America’s Party as the conservative third party options.

The Constitution Party holds its nominating convention this coming Wednesday through Saturday in Nashville. The favorite for the nomination at this point appears to be Virgil Goode, former congressman from Virginia, although there is a good bit of controversy and dissension regarding his nomination.

America’s Party has chosen Tom Hoefling as its nominee. Tom posts on FreeRepublic as Eternal Vigilance. (Note: I have been a long-time fan of Tom’s posts.)

We should have a better grasp of the Constitution Party after their convention in a few days. If they nominate a suitable conservative who can unite their party, their stock should rise. If they fail, whether this provides an opening for an improved status for America’s Party this year remains to be seen.

I am not suggesting that either the Constitution Party or America’s Party will nominate the next President of the United States. However, as an ardent social conservative, I believe that neither the Republicans or Democrats have left social conservatives with a real option this year (assuming that Romney is the Republican nominee instead of Newt). Consider voting for a third party a protest vote if you will. Criticize it if you will. Each of us must do what we think is right and best. I'm not trying to create controversy with this post. I'm just trying to present information to those who might be interested.

Here are the websites for the two primary third party options discussed:

www.constitutionparty.com

www.selfgovernment.us

Thanks.


TOPICS: News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: thirdparty; virgilgoode
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-181 next last

1 posted on 04/14/2012 7:08:33 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Realistically, your choice is to cast a protest vote and re-elect Obama or grit your teeth and vote for Romney. Ross Perot brought us eight years of Clinton.


2 posted on 04/14/2012 7:12:11 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Queeg Olbermann: Ahh, but the strawberries that's... that's where I had them.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

third party is not a viable option at this point. waste of time


3 posted on 04/14/2012 7:14:18 PM PDT by paul51 (11 September 2001 - Never forget)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets
The GOP-e brought us 8 years of Clinton. Put the blame where it belongs. If they had put up a conservative, Perot wouldn't have had a chance.

/johnny

4 posted on 04/14/2012 7:16:09 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
I'd expect if your TN vote matters one way or the other to the outcome of it going Red or Blue the election is a landslide for Obama.

Just FYI, former NM Gov. Gary Johnson ran as a Republican last spring but appears to have switched to running Libertarian for the 2012 General.

5 posted on 04/14/2012 7:17:52 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

As much as I dislike Obama, voting third party is a vote for Obama. Your choice. Third party and Obama or Romney.


6 posted on 04/14/2012 7:18:12 PM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Third party will not be an option until the 1 and 1/2 party starts having some rules and principles violating which would result in expulsion. As things stand, Barack Obama could join the Publican Party, find enough financial support and run for POTUS as a Pubbie. KKK Dragon could run as a RAT, a Stalinist can run as a GO Pee. A fine mess, Stanley!


7 posted on 04/14/2012 7:19:27 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

With Obama as President this is an irresponsible waste of a vote.


8 posted on 04/14/2012 7:19:54 PM PDT by kempster (HIPPO)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Voting Third-Party this year is only viable IF you’re not in a swing state, i.e. either Ogabe or Mittens already has it sewn up (i.e. California, NY, Mass for the Dems, Texas, Georgia, etc for the GOP).

As much as I hate to say it (and yes, I’m doing it as well. . .), anything but a vote for Mittens is a vote for Ogabe in any swing state. . .


9 posted on 04/14/2012 7:21:25 PM PDT by Salgak (The Energizer Border: I **DARE** you to cross it. . . .)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: paul51

There may be 53 Parties in the USA, but there are only two who can win. Either Republican or Democrat . . . so . . . take your pick. I know which one I’m going with . . . My Mother didn’t raise any stupid children!!!


10 posted on 04/14/2012 7:21:53 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Perot for all of his faults was correct about trade and the national debt. Pres. Bush lost because of his policies and the rhetoric of Clinton.
11 posted on 04/14/2012 7:22:01 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
good idea, go form a third party so you can be completely powerless and ineffectual.
12 posted on 04/14/2012 7:22:32 PM PDT by RC one (all y'all had to do was vote for Newt but noooooo, he wasn't good enough.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Holy crap, yes. I voted Perot when I was much younger. Never again. Get Mitt a conservative VP and wait. Never again on a third (split the vote and screw the nation) party.


13 posted on 04/14/2012 7:22:32 PM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Holy crap, yes. I voted Perot when I was much younger. Never again. Get Mitt a conservative VP and wait. Never again on a third (split the vote and screw the nation) party.


14 posted on 04/14/2012 7:22:39 PM PDT by 50sDad (A Liberal prevents me from telling you anything here.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Romney HELPED Obama become POTUS.

FLASHBACK:

The McCain/Palin ticket was up ++4 to 10 pts
in some polls, days prior to Election 2008.
So rather than helping the GOP, Romney and
TeamROMNEY and the RNME (Republican National Media Establishment)
decided …to attack Gov. Palin to throw Election2008.

Romney, and the Van der Sloot RNME RINOs for Obama in 2008

Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."


The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"I’m told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palin’s people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romney’s former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
… aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.


"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off ….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."


"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the “Diva” leak was Nicolle Wallace’s husband."


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



15 posted on 04/14/2012 7:24:28 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Realistically, your choice is to cast a protest vote and re-elect Obama or grit your teeth and vote for Romney.

Realistically, it depends on what state the voter is in. Voting for anyone in CA isn't going to matter. Ditto NY and probably two dozen other states.

The poster is in TN. TN didn't go for its native son Algore, if it's at risk of going Obama, it's been a landslide reelection.

I'd never recommend battleground (or Purple) state voters stay home in November. Go and hold your nose (if you must) once again: vote for the major GOP alternative to Obama and for the best candidates down the ballot.

16 posted on 04/14/2012 7:25:08 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: paul51; Engraved-on-His-hands

Whoops, sorry Paul that was meant for Engraved . . . SMILE111


17 posted on 04/14/2012 7:26:37 PM PDT by HopeandGlory (Hey, Liberals . . . PC died on 9/11 . . . GET USED TO IT!!!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Or vote for Gingrich right now. Romney is not our candidate yet, and if people would stop grumbling and get behind Gingrich we could keep Romney from becoming our candidate.

That is what we HAVE to put our energy behind.

Third parties are a vote for Obama.

And the reason that Romney has gotten where he is - besides buying endorsements, outspending his opponents, and the R establishment breaking laws on his behalf - is the failure of conservatives to galvanize behind one candidate. Now that we’re down to Gingrich as the only conservative in the race we have no excuse to not solidify behind him right now.

No excuse.


18 posted on 04/14/2012 7:27:07 PM PDT by butterdezillion
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
The fact that there are so many parties involved says a lot. The nation is so splintered and divided that no single party can bring the nation together. This point we have reached has been carefully engineered to completely and totally divide the nation to suit the interests of those who profit from creating chaos from order, under the guise of adhering to party principal, for for the sole purpose of personal accumulation of wealth and control. The only way out of this shitstorm is to can all of the fed lackeys and to start from scratch, forcing those who are willing to serve in federal service to abide by the constitution, or else.
19 posted on 04/14/2012 7:27:20 PM PDT by factoryrat (e are the producers, the creators. Grow it, mine it, build it.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
This is the fun part of my day ... I absolutely refuse to vote for Romney, there. Now for the fun. And no I'm not voting for Obamass, just won't vote for Romney. If my one vote (or lack thereof) makes a difference, so be it. I will not vote against my principles.
20 posted on 04/14/2012 7:28:54 PM PDT by doc1019 (Romney will never get my vote!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Third party at this time is no option. It is just a fool’s act of futility. We must get America out of danger first.


21 posted on 04/14/2012 7:29:23 PM PDT by DarthVader (Politicians govern out of self interest, Statesmen govern for a Vision greater than themselves)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Sad to say itm but Third Party = Obama, President for Life.


22 posted on 04/14/2012 7:29:57 PM PDT by Shadowstrike (Be polite, Be professional, but have a plan to kill everyone you meet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: newzjunkey
vote for the major GOP alternative to Obama

Not if that candidate is Romney. I'm not a Republican. I'm a conservative.

/johnny

23 posted on 04/14/2012 7:30:20 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: DarthVader

That is said every election.


24 posted on 04/14/2012 7:31:04 PM PDT by Theoria (Rush Limbaugh: Ron Paul sounds like an Islamic terrorist)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Whatever people do this November, please do not stay home. And vote for someone for president. If you can’t vote for Romney, vote for someone else, but do not leave any choice blank on your ballot. Leaving blanks just invites someone at the polling place to help out by filling the blanks with their own choices.


25 posted on 04/14/2012 7:31:17 PM PDT by Vince Ferrer
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DarthVader
Third party at this time is no option. It is just a fool’s act of futility. We must get America out of danger first.

I dunno, the old scare tactics just aren't working on me this time.

26 posted on 04/14/2012 7:31:25 PM PDT by central_va ( I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: butterdezillion

There is a far better chance of denying Romney enough delegates to get the nomination than there is at having a 3rd party win the presidency. There’s no reason to be talking or thinking about ANYTHING else but getting more votes for Newt in the remaining 20 states (with 45% of the total delegates left to be voted on). Romney has about 650 out of 1,144 delegates needed. Obviously you don’t need to be a mathematician to see that if he loses most of the upcoming states, he won’t win the nomination.


27 posted on 04/14/2012 7:31:36 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
Osama Obama wants you to write in Ross Perot's name.So does David Axelrod,"Reverend" Wright,Skip Gates,Bill Ayers,Bernadine Dorn,Bella Pelosi,George Soros,Warren Buffett,Keith Olberman,Van Jones....

And Saul Alinsky.

28 posted on 04/14/2012 7:31:38 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

This Party option for Presidential election only (do the math) is a guarantee to elect the person you least want elected!

If you are serious about starting a real ‘third party’ option, you do it at the local /state level first, then you branch out to the national level, in order to establish real power and control in the legislative arena.

‘Principle’ over math is a recipe for ‘suiciding’ your own principled agenda.

Even Palin herself said that a ‘third party’ option would guarantee Obama’s re-election.


29 posted on 04/14/2012 7:31:43 PM PDT by LibFreeUSA (Pick Your Poison)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

The notion that voting for a third party candidate is good for your conscience is naive. You might as well vote for Obama. This country is in real trouble right now with the radical liberals in charge. We don’t have the luxury of having this guy in office another four years if we can help it. Now is not the time, right before the election, to think about voting for a third party candidate. A viable third party will take years, if not decades, to build up and get the support it needs to be competitive with the two major parties.

Elections are almost always about holding your nose and voting for someone who is not your perfect candidate. The same will be true in this election.

ABO. Anybody But Obama. ANYBODY!


30 posted on 04/14/2012 7:32:39 PM PDT by HotHunt
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: DarthVader
We must get America out of danger first.

You can't do that by voting for a liberal. And Romney is a liberal.

/johnny

31 posted on 04/14/2012 7:32:39 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 21 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
Relying on one of the currently existing third parties is not an option. Most of them simply exist as their founders' ego trips. Most of them don't even make a pretense at trying to have a broad-based, Reaganesque appeal. However, simply giving up and voting for Romney is not an option, either. What we need is a broad-based "coalition" type organisation that may not even necessarily be a traditional "party," and which would operate outside the usual Party system. It would seek to unite conservatives, running its own candidate for President in an attempt to win using the 40% of self-professed conservatives (inside and OUTSIDE the GOP) as its starting point, while displaying resolution and leadership that will bring in the moderates. At the senatorial and congressional level, this organisation would support those candidates worth supporting, and would challenge those not.

I already see people on this thread trying to use Perot as a reason for sticking with the GOP, regardless of what happens.

Those who do so apprently need to relearn a little history.

Perot could well have won in 1992. He was leading in the polls starting in June. The trick was that he was NOT supposed to win. He was only supposed to draw enough support to elect Clinton. This is why Perot dropped out - he was doing TOO WELL and threatened to take it from Clinton, as well as from Bush. He got back in once his support dropped back just to the die-hards, and even then, despite it all, he pulled 19%. If he'd stayed in, he'd have had 40% and won the EV.

32 posted on 04/14/2012 7:32:49 PM PDT by Yashcheritsiy (Anybody but Obama and Romney)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper

Perot never had a chance.


33 posted on 04/14/2012 7:33:09 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands
Wake up folks... you are advocating insanity by voting third party. Insanity... Either Obama or Romney would be elected President this coming November. Voting a third party in particular in battleground states where the election would be won or lost is insanity because it would help Obama re-election. If you want Obama re-elected then go ahead and vote third party or not vote for President...
34 posted on 04/14/2012 7:33:45 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Vince Ferrer

It’ll be a much better statement to the GOP leaders who pushed Romney if they see that we showed up but our votes went 3rd party. I would like to see a real 3rd party conservative candidate up there in the debates telling America why Obamney are wrong for this country, but I don’t know if that could be accomplished.


35 posted on 04/14/2012 7:34:13 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: JRandomFreeper
I'm not going to help install an unethical government no matter what letter is in front of its name. I'm done begging at the gate of the Grand Old Plantation.

Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

For those who will inevitably parrot the tired old "you're voting for Obama" line........(((shrug)))
36 posted on 04/14/2012 7:34:22 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands; LibFreeUSA; EternalVigilance
Someone shouldaughta ping Eternal Vigilance to this thread.

Oh wait!

I'm someone!

PING!

37 posted on 04/14/2012 7:36:12 PM PDT by null and void (Day 1180 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made Frank, they're cornered...])
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 29 | View Replies]

To: jveritas

No, we’re not “insane.” We simply don’t want to hand the leadership of the GOP over to a man who implemented MORE liberal policy in Massachusetts in his 4 years than Obama has been able to do in the country for his 4 years. The GOP gridlocking Obama will do less damage than them rubber-stamping everything Mitt Romney thinks is a good idea.

Not to mention 4 years of Obama followed by a dream ticket of conservatives like Palin, Gingrich, West, etc. for 8 more years sounds a LOT better to me than 8 years of Mitt followed by whoever the GOP would handpick next if Mitt was successful.

If you’re keeping score, you can count my vote out for Mitt Romney in the marginally swing state of Pennsylvania.


38 posted on 04/14/2012 7:37:22 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 34 | View Replies]

To: JediJones

Yes, this is exactly what needs to happen.

Those who are in states where it was supposed to be proportional delegates and the R establishment is screwing you - take it to them and demand that they follow the law or get hit paying for a bunch of lawsuits. Let them know that any money they might have been counting on to help get Romney (or other candidates) elected will be spent on lawsuits unless they shape up and follow the law. We are sick of this lawlessness and sick of “our leaders” crapping on us.

Those who are in states who haven’t voted yet, the fate of the country comes down to you. Rise to the task.

Anybody who has the influence to get success, talk to the people who have endorsed Romney - like Rick Perry, Herman Cain, Todd Palin, etc and tell them how much we need them to be vocal right now. Those who supported Santorum, urge him to throw his support behind the only conservative left in the race.

This is not a time to cower or give up. This is our finest hour. What would Churchill do? All we have to fear is fear itself.


39 posted on 04/14/2012 7:37:45 PM PDT by butterdezillion
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 27 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

Most of these 3rd parties tend to nominate ‘who?’ candidates few ever heard of or old, washed out politicians.

For one to be successful, it would need a vibrant, energetic, strong political person. Few have one available.

How many 3rd party candidates of the last half century can most Americans even name?


40 posted on 04/14/2012 7:38:13 PM PDT by TomGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: afraidfortherepublic
He had a better chance than he should have had because the GOP-e put up a RINO. Blame them.

/johnny

41 posted on 04/14/2012 7:38:13 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 33 | View Replies]

To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Ross Perot brought us eight years of Clinton.
______________________________________________________________

One of the worst mistakes I ever made was voting for Ross Perot. It not only brought us eight years of Clinton, we’re stuck with the Clintons for life. They will not go away. Wouldn’t surprise me if Obozo dumped Biden and Hillary ran as his VP.


42 posted on 04/14/2012 7:38:13 PM PDT by no dems (TED CRUZ: A PROVEN CONSERVATIVE FOR U.S. SENATE FROM TEXAS.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: null and void

Thanks, null and void. My bad.


43 posted on 04/14/2012 7:38:38 PM PDT by Engraved-on-His-hands (Mitt Romney is a handbasket driver. I refuse to ride.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 37 | View Replies]

To: no dems
You just aren't going to put the blame on the GOP-e, where it belongs, are you?

When they get pushed into running a conservative, they win. When they run a RINO they lose.

/johnny

44 posted on 04/14/2012 7:40:54 PM PDT by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

An amazing five years...

Geo. W. Bush calling the border Minutemen “vigilantes;” the nomination of psycho McCain in ‘08; the backstabbing of Palin and the unwillingness of the GOP to defend her when Dems made efforts to bankrupt her family, slime her kids, and not to mention when the media accused her of complicity in mass-murder in Tucson; the current GOP Congressional leaders caving to Obama on virtually every issue both fiscal/social after getting the Bush tax cuts following the mid-terms; the apparent upcoming nomination of a Massachusetts liberal to be GOP nominee.

Yeah, a lifelong Republican here, who, thanks to all the above, for the first time in his life, is more than ready to bolt at the drop of a hat.


45 posted on 04/14/2012 7:41:08 PM PDT by greene66
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: butterdezillion

The ONLY way Gingrich would ever win is if Romney and Obama drop out!

Gingrich cannot even win primaries. What makes anyone think he would win a general election?


46 posted on 04/14/2012 7:41:39 PM PDT by TomGuy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: butterdezillion

Rick Perry did not endorse Romney.


47 posted on 04/14/2012 7:42:24 PM PDT by Pan_Yans Wife ("For the sake of our party we must stand united, whoever our nominee is."-Sarah Palin)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 39 | View Replies]

To: JediJones

The “Thank You” card from Obama to you is in the mail...


48 posted on 04/14/2012 7:43:18 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 38 | View Replies]

To: Yashcheritsiy
What we need is a broad-based "coalition" type organisation that may not even necessarily be a traditional "party," and which would operate outside the usual Party system. It would seek to unite conservatives, running its own candidate for President in an attempt to win using the 40% of self-professed conservatives (inside and OUTSIDE the GOP) as its starting point, while displaying resolution and leadership that will bring in the moderates. At the senatorial and congressional level, this organisation would support those candidates worth supporting, and would challenge those not.

Basically, the Tea Party needs to GET organized and raise a bunch of money. They need to be able to match the next Romney dollar-for-dollar in the next presidential primary. Problem though, who decides which candidate the organization backs? A vote of the membership that you're going to stick to even if it turns out to be Ron Paul?

I would wonder if it's even possible to get on the presidential ballot nationwide for a new party at this time. I think the Americans Elect party Schoen is running has been working for months to get on all the ballots. Bottom line, if an organization could be made that quickly, it would've been made in this primary to defeat Mitt months ago.

49 posted on 04/14/2012 7:43:18 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: Engraved-on-His-hands

This leaves the Constitution Party and America’s Party as the conservative third party options.

Yep.


50 posted on 04/14/2012 7:44:34 PM PDT by freedomfiter2 (Brutal acts of commission and yawning acts of omission both strengthen the hand of the devil.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-150151-181 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson