|1996||William J. Clinton
Robert J. Dole
H. Ross Perot
|Albert A. Gore, Jr.D
Jack F. KempR
|2000||George W. Bush
Albert A. Gore
|Richard B. CheneyR
Joseph I. LiebermanD
|2004||George W. Bush
John F. Kerry
|Richard B. CheneyR
If the "all the people who are anti-McCain are going to still write-in their candidate knowing we will lose" ... wonder if they have thought that (using the 2004 vote count as a hypothetical) what the outcome could be and its implications:
if 62M people vote for Obama in 2008 and 59M for McCain - would those loyal lib/dems change their vote from Obama in 2012 ... or will he start with 62M loyal followers in that election. What about his VP? If the VP is popular (with the same platform and stance on the issues) and Obama is still poular after 8 years (like Bubba was until what looks like now) would his VP win over any challenger?
I know mighty bif 'ifs', still Obama seems to be a Svengali with the voters.
If the GOP loses, the Conservatives lose. Conservatives not being a majority in their own right (sufficent numbers) they must always build a coalition and a consensus with other voters to reach a majority position. Not voting for the GOP/McCain may be a death keel to both the GOP and any Conservative Party in the future. Unless conservatives know that the GOP will do what ever they say in 2012 because they left in 2008. I think not.
We see the last 3rd Party was in 2000 with Raplh Nader with 8M votes and in 1996 with Ross Perot with 8M votes. Insufficient numbers to win a national election for President. 3rd Parties are not majority parties and several have been around for years and years and still not attained that status ... to overtake the GOP or the Dem Party.
What happens if the Dems do get the Electoral College abolish through what ever means. Another problem the Dems present in order to get their way. Several States now have such legislation before them. If the Dem carried CA, TX, NY, FL, IL, PA, OH, MI and NC - they win in popular votes and therefore get all the Electoral votes ... game over. Will there be someone as popular as a Ronald Reagan to step up soon? Or will the Dems be popular for ending the war, amnesty and entitlements?
It would be interesting to see the actual number of registered voters by State, the offical numbers from the Secretary of State or whatever office maintains those records on a State-by-State basis.
Personally, I believe it's best to build the Party, rebuild the GOP, from within from the lowest level. Local and State and both Houses of Congress. Also, it's is better to have a Republican in office during a time of war.
Thanks for that table.