Not only know early about Palin, but is there anything to start doing now regarding a third party candidate that is a “For Real” conservative. Why not a Free Republic party? Any issue with JR using that name for a party that is really different?
Unless you somehow envision a breakdown of the Democrat party into segments (like Europe), splitting the anti-Democrat vote certainly isn’t going to win many elections. You might feel energized voting for a FreeRepublic candidate that grabs 20% of the vote like Perot did, but the end result doesn’t change.
From what I see the takers (aka Democrats) are remarkably cohesive at election time.