Skip to comments.Open Letter to Sarah Palin, Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party
Posted on 04/16/2012 7:25:14 AM PDT by mongrel
I would appeal to Sarah Palin, Gary Johnson, and the Libertarian Party to make Sarah Palin the candidate for President at the Libertarian Party convention next month.
The Libertarian Party has never has a candidate that had a viable chance of winning. There is no reason to think that it will be different this year with Gary Johnson. Palin, however, has been vetted and would draw together a coalition of disenfranchised voters that would put her over the top above Romney and Obama. Romney has zero enthusiasm and hardly any group that could be considered his base. Only 25% of the country identifies as liberal and that is Obama's base. That leaves 40% enthusiastic conservatives as Palin's base which would join libertarians and Reagan Democrats to put her over the top. Palin's three groups of supporters would be enthusiastic, have great turnout, and get the mushy middle to join them. It would be the anti-establishment "cool" choice, rejecting the media and both "mainstream" political parties.
Gary Johnson would have a place in history as a king-maker rather than in a long list of forgettable 3rd party candidates. This coalition would pull together the core of what this country needs right now, a check on government power and corruption.
Palin is not the perfect fit for the Libertarian Party, but would provide significant support and movement for many of their goals. Neither Obama or Romney do that.
After the election, the establishment in both parties would be embarrassed and destroyed. The mainstream media would also take a significant hit. The conservative movement would have several potential moves to shape the future, with a great leader as the voice of that movement. A President Palin could keep the movement together to either take over the GOP, bring the Conservative Party to national prominence, or to continue with a coalition within the Libertarian Party. The GOP-E sunk to new lows this year in their disempowerment of rank and file voters this year and the voters will remember that when they reject Romney and vote for Palin.
I suggest the Libertarian Party because they are the 3rd party that has the best chance of getting a candidate on the ballot in all 50 states at this late date. They are the party that has some history and ties to Palin. Perhaps other conservative 3rd parties could make the same move and put Palin on their ballot also.
Palin has some history of social conservatism which is not a part of the Libertarian Party platform. However, at this point in history most social conservative issues are more about keeping government activism in check rather than imposing new restrictions. Libertarians do not support activist judges and government spending and social conservatives are fighting their wars on these same front lines.
This has the potential to be the disruption we are looking for.
I think winning is the easy part. The two challenges will be whether Palin would be willing to risk alienating the GOP-E in making the run. Secondly, is the Libertarian Party willing to set aside some of their pursuit of ideological purity to form a coalition with others.
A 3rd party run puts Palin's strengths front and center. She fought corruption and big government in Alaska and won. She would have a majority of voters nationwide that care about the same things and would rally behind her.
Taking the presidency in this way, along with strong conservative wins in Congress would provide Palin with the support she needs in both houses to enact legislation to draw down the debt, repeal Obamacare and roll back the Obama regulations.
As much as I like Palin and would relish her being POTUS, her chances are no better than Romney’s chances at beating Obama. I would argue that they’re significantly worse. The result would be splitting the ticket and we’d get a guaranteed 4-more years of Obama.
Can you ping the Sarah Palin ping list?
I think you overestimate the number in Obama’s base and underestimate the number of Democrat voters who are also tired of Obama.
You want that she should commit political suicide?
The MSM would ignore her and she would never be heard from again.
Fortunately this will never happen - as much as I’d love to have Sarah for POTUS.
It’s a huge gamble, but the GOP-E has already declared war and the Tea Party isn’t fighting back.
It could be suicide for her, but it’s also a great shot at winning. Desperate times call for desperate measures.
And yet, people were saying back in September that she would have a huge swell of support from the ground were she to decide to run.
MSM is losing it’s power.
At least she’d get a few more votes than Roseanne.
>>Since formally launching her bid in early February, Barr raised just $31,500 through March 31, federal disclosures out today show...Just one person Eric Weinrib of Brooklyn, N.Y., who gave $2,500 and listed his occupation as unemployed made a cash donation of more than the itemized reporting threshold of $200.
Obama and Romney are exactly the same.
The only chance of changing anything is to have Palin on the ticket. It would also be very nice if we could get the Gingrich “international 2nd amendment” going, somehow.
It’s very late. If we do not see radical change now, the world will finally see global fascism with no opposition.
Absolutely guaranteed to insure Obama’s re-election.
I think she is too smart to accept such a nomination.
I believe it would put Obama back in the White House for sure, but then I don’t believe Romney can beat Obama either.Romney is going to stink like week old crab shells when the DNC actually opens up on him.
It sure would cause a stink and perhaps open the eyes of the Republican leadership. Wait —wait.
Nothing will open their eyes. If 3 losers in a row who they picked because it was their turn doesn’t do it, nothing will
If the Republicans are lucky enough to take both houses and then pick Boehner and McConnell to run them we may as well close up shop.
On the issues of abortion, gay rights, drugs, illegal immigration, national defense and prostitution, Sarah Palin and the Libertarians are poles apart. If Palin has hopes of ever gaining national office, running as a libertarian would be the most foolish thing she could do.
She could run... but forming a NEW party. Running as a Libertarian would not be a good idea.
Very true - would she join a party whose main platform plank is "smoke free dope"?
I see your point, but if the Libertarian Party was okay with an ‘imperfect’ candidate they would just vote for a two-party candidate that leaned closest to their views. No. Ideological purity is their rallying cry, and why they won’t ask Palin or a Palin-like candidate to run just for the press.
We are in a different time than in June of 1992, but look at Ross Perot’s numbers. He polled at 39% at that time to Bush’s 31% and Clinton’s 25%.
Palin is in better position for many reasons. Obama is a known extremist unlike Clinton’s perceived centrism. Romney and the GOP-E have alienated up to half the Republican Party. And Perot lost his lead when he showed he was moon-bat crazy and flamed out. Palin has already been vetted, there’s nothing more to throw at her.
I’d think Newt would be a better fit to go Rogue this election. And why not the conservative party.
Romney as candidate - yes, that absolutely guarantees Obammny wins. No true Conservative is going to vote for either one. You can act like a battered wife and continue to get slapped around by the GOPe, or you can fight FOR Conservatism. It is becoming ever more apparent that the GOP is no longer a natural home for Conservatives, so good luck to all the Olympia Snowe wannabees and their 21st Century Whig Party.
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