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  • Kasich Brags about Getting Elected at 30, Says “Big Guy” Will Say if He Should Run for Prez

    03/13/2018 9:57:18 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 54 replies
    FinkelBlog ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    I try to like people, but John Kasich represents a real challenge. The guy really rubs me the wrong way. Somehow, in the midst of all the Tillerson-Pompeo talk, Kasich turned up on MSNBC this morning. Speaking of the special election in Pennsylvania today, Kasich bragged about having been elected to Congress at age 30. That, according to Kasich, makes 33-year old Dem candidate Conor Lamb “a little old.” Kasich made his 2020 strategy pretty clear, saying that the emergence of third parties “is more realistic than it’s ever been.” When host Stephanie Ruhle asked him flat out if he...
  • How Gary Johnson and Jill Stein Helped Elect Trump

    11/10/2016 7:38:49 AM PST · by ek_hornbeck · 51 replies
    CNN ^ | 11/10/16 | Eli Watkins
    either Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson nor the Green Party's Jill Stein managed to make a dent in the Electoral College, but they did post a significant enough showing in several states arguably to help elect Donald Trump. Trump won 290 Electoral College votes to 232 for Hillary Clinton, as of Wednesday evening, with Clinton topping him in the popular vote. But had the Democrats managed to capture the bulk of third-party voters in some of the closest contests -- Wisconsin (10), Pennsylvania (20), Michigan (16) and Florida (29) -- Clinton would have defeated Trump by earning 307 Electoral College...
  • Go Rogue or Go Home

    07/02/2013 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Bratch · 45 replies
    Red State ^ | July 2, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    Much has been made about Sarah Palin’s comments on going third party. I just have one problem with the comments about Governor Palin’s remarks. Though she was answering a question about going third party, I did not and still do not interpret her remarks as expressing an outright willingness to go third party. Governor Palin has long been a disruptive candidate and, as a disruptive candidate, has worked from inside the party to change its ways. When she says things like, more and more of us are going to start saying, ‘You know, what’s wrong with being independent,’ kind of...
  • Obama team sees promise in 3rd party candidacies

    07/31/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 07/31/2012 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election effort is paying close attention to two candidates mounting third-party campaigns for the presidency, believing they could draw votes from Republican rival Mitt Romney and help Obama win a few tightly contested states. One candidate is Virgil Goode, a former conservative Virginia congressman who is running as a member of the Constitution Party. The other is Gary Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico who is the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee. Obama's team has scenarios whereby Obama can win states like Virginia and Colorado with less than 50 percent of the...
  • Third parties a dud in 2012

    07/06/2012 6:08:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 6, 2012 | Michael McGuire
    Voter dissatisfaction or not, there is very little support this year for third party presidential candidates. In a Gallup Poll released Friday that includes three minor-party candidates, Barack Obama received 47 percent support, Mitt Romney 40, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson 3, Green candidate Jill Stein 1 and Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode less than 1. Two percent of voters said they favor U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), 1 percent mentioned someone else, 2 percent had no opinion and 5 percent said they will not vote. Voter dissatisfaction or not, there is very little support this year for third party presidential...
  • Scarborough: Like Beck, I'd Consider Third-Party Ron Paul Over Gingrich

    12/13/2011 6:24:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 78 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Today's Morning Joe has been one long festival of Gingrich gouging. Joe Scarborough set the tone early. During the opening segment Scarborough announced that, like Glenn Beck, if the choice comes down to Obama vs. Gingrich, and Ron Paul is running as a third-party candidate, "I'm going to give him a long look." View the video here.
  • Lawsuit: Prop. 14 violates California minor party voters' rights

    11/22/2011 5:04:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 11/22/11 | Torey Van Oot
    A group of voters from minor political parties is challenging California's new top-two primary system in the courts, arguing that the election process established under Proposition 14 is unconstitutional. A lawsuit filed Monday in Alameda Superior Court claims that the new system, which sends only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary, regardless of political party affiliation, to the general election, "severely burdens voter, candidate and party associational rights." "By limiting access to the general election ballot, Prop. 14 effectively bars small political parties, their candidates, and their members from effective political association, precisely at the...
  • Chuck Todd: Third Or Fourth-Party Presidential Candidates Will Emerge In Spring

    11/08/2011 7:23:05 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Chuck Todd didn't cautiously couch his prediction. On today's Morning Joe, NBC's political director flatly forecast that third and/or fourth party presidential candidates will emerge in the Spring. Todd based his bold prediction on the theory that there is a hunger for populist candidates, and that populism is not the way Obama or Romney [his presumed Republican candidate] "roll." View the video here.
  • Third-party bids would help Obama (v.Mittens, PPP poll)

    08/25/2011 3:21:54 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies
    PPP Blogspot ^ | August 25, 2011
    Some have suggested that with an unpopular president who's got a somewhat dissatisfied base and suffers from a weak economy, and with a Republican nominee who inevitably will either struggle with the middle or who is not conservative enough for the right, there is room for a strong third-party bid for the first time in at least 16 years. But we took a look at seven possible independent candidates against Obama and his strongest GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, and found that the chances of defection by GOP-inclined voters are stronger than are cracks in the Democrats’ armor. Despite their grumbling,...
  • Cry Me A River: Third Party Spoilers?

    11/04/2010 11:41:28 AM PDT · by Wading Across · 4 replies
    Wading Across Blog ^ | 11-4-10 | Wading Across
    With the results of this Tuesday’s election, some are crying foul. Several “Tea Party” candidates lost and one or more individuals (specifically from within the Tea Party) are blaming third party candidates for their Tea Party backed candidate’s loss. Certainly, their grievance has some sound reasoning, but much of it, in my opinion, is angry spin rooted in wounded pride. In this posting, I will look at several key races, such as Florida, Delaware, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska and most importantly, the Missouri Congressional race for its 3rd district. I will attempt to separate legitimate complaints from irrelevant ones and hopefully...
  • Darn You, Third Parties! (It happened with Bill Clinton, and it happened again this year)

    11/03/2010 10:41:10 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 102 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/03/2010 | Jim Geraghty
    Off the top of my (very groggy) head, I cannot think of too many cases where a Democrat lost a winnable race because of too many left-of-center votes drifting to a liberal third party, other than Ralph Nader’s role in the 2000 presidential election. Last night, a withdrawn third-party bid ended up costing Republicans at least one key victory. I’m starting to think the New York 23rd district is cursed. Doug Hoffman, Conservative-party candidate, inspiring figure of 2009′s special election, made a remarkably mature decision to drop his Conservative bid this year and back the Republican, Matt Doheny. Last night,...
  • Dems Accused of Tea Party Tampering

    08/06/2010 9:28:41 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | August 5, 2010 | Jeanne Cummings
    Nationally, Democrats say they intend to campaign against the tea party movement. But locally, Democratic officials and activists in at least four states now stand accused of collaborating with tea party candidates in an attempt to sabotage Republican challengers in some of the closest House races in the nation. The charges of dirty tricks are being leveled in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and Florida — and they involve more than a half-dozen contests that could tip the balance of power in the House. The accusations range from helping tea party activists circulate candidate petition sheets to underwriting the creation of...
  • Alan Keyes and the Neocon Destruction of Third Parties

    06/17/2010 1:13:18 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 56 replies · 710+ views
    Freedom Forum ^ | June 15, 2010 | Maggie Bloom
    Alan Keyes and the Neocon Destruction of Third PartiesBy Maggie Bloom Sacramento Central Committee American Independent Party I’ve really come to dislike Alan Keyes. He says all the right conservative things but what he does is destructive to the Constitutional movement. I have trouble believing it is not planned. First time I noticed it was in 2006. Illegal immigration had finally hit the main stream media as an issue. Citizen border patrol groups sprang up and huge amounts of money were donated to build an Israeli style fence along the Mexican border. The money was all funneled through a non...
  • Wasted Votes, Third Parties

    04/23/2010 9:06:25 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 50 replies · 421+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | April 23, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    If the major parties were running Satan and Beelzebub for office, would you vote for Beelzebub because he is “the lesser of two evils?” Not this citizen; if those are the choices, I’m a write-in for Jesus.
  • North Carolina State Court of Appeals Upholds 2% Petition for New Parties

    10/23/2009 11:21:09 AM PDT · by BGHater · 256+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | 20 Oct 2009 | Richard Winger
    On October 20, the North Carolina State Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the petition requirement, 2% of the last gubernatorial vote, does not violate the State Constitution. The plaintiffs are the Libertarian and Green Parties. This is the case that was filed in 2005. The 2% requirement for 2010 and 2012 is 85,379 signatures. North Carolina’s requirement is the second most severe in the nation, both on a percentage basis and a raw number basis, when one compares each state’s easier method for getting on the ballot for president. Here is the decision. The Court also upheld the 2%...
  • Divide and conquer

    10/20/2009 10:37:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 905+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2009 | Steve McCann
    The 2010 will be the most important midterm election in the history of our nation.   The coalition necessary to vote out of office those members of Congress who are supporting President Obama's effort to turn the country into a socialist utopia is still fractured and pursuing individual agendas. It is part of the Democratic Party strategy to keep the electorate divided and at odds with each other. In today's world of sound bites and miniscule attention spans, a simple sentence -- "There isn't a bit of difference between Republicans and Democrats" -- has become embedded in the nation's lexicon and...
  • America, quo vadis?

    05/04/2009 7:28:43 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 5 replies · 504+ views
    Constitution Party ^ | April 30, 2009 | Jim Paynard
    Where are you going Lady Liberty? Where have you gone? Sadly, most lovers of freedom and independence know the answer to those questions. They simply don’t know what to do about it. Write a letter to your elected officials or the local paper? Educate your children about American ideals? Buy gold? Stock up on supplies? Oil your guns? Gripe to your barber? Make a sign and stand around sipping coffee at a protest rally? Hand out freedom literature? Vent on a radio talk show? Pray? The last idea is always a good one. The others appear to be ineffective, at...
  • Libertarian National Committee Invites Ron Paul to Seek LP Nomination

    12/09/2007 11:57:26 AM PST · by logician2u · 75 replies · 232+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | December 9th, 2007
    Third Party Watch reports that the Libertarian Party National Committee just unanimously passed a resolution, which reads, in part, "In the event that Republican primary voters select a candidate other than Congressman Paul in February of 2008, the Libertarian National Committee invites Congressman Paul to seek the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, to be decided in Denver, Colorado, during the Memorial Day weekend of 2008." Third Party Watch has an eyewitness reporter at this meeting, which has been going on this weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. The Paul resolution was authored by former Congressman Bob Barr.
  • Third parties play spoilers for Dems, GOP

    11/15/2006 10:30:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 698+ views
    The Examiner ^ | Nov 14, 2006 | Brian Doherty
    WASHINGTON - The Republicans’ reaction to their Election Day “thumping” has been dramatic and entertaining. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman are on their way out the door. Karl Rove, who predicted a GOP victory to the bitter end, found himself thrown under the bus and a punch line after the election. “I obviously was working harder in the campaign than he was,” President Bush said of Rove half-jokingly last week. And talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh surprisingly admitted that he had abandoned his conservative principles by shilling for these big-spending Republicans, but claimed...
  • Why Third Parties Should and Will Always Fail in America

    07/26/2006 8:11:49 AM PDT · by tang0r · 38 replies · 738+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 7/27/2006 | Editorial
    The article outlines five fundamental reasons why third parties are wholly ineffective in the US. It goes on to say that this isn't necessarily a bad thing either, because ideologies from these third parties are usually adopted into one of the major parties anyway. An interesting read with reasoning that is hard to dispute. (Sorry Ralph Nader)