Skip to comments.Libertarians could be spoilers in key Senate races
Posted on 10/15/2012 2:30:04 PM PDT by Arthurio
Democratic hopes of maintaining a razor-thin Senate majority may hinge on an unexpected outside force: Libertarians.
In the battlegrounds of Montana, Arizona and Missouri, polls show the Libertarian nominee poised to siphon a fraction of the vote a small fraction, but potentially enough to tip the outcome in a cliffhanger. And with the battle for the Senate shaping up to be a coin-flip proposition, no factor not even fringe candidates with little more than a Libertarian label to propel their campaigns is too insignificant to dismiss.
Given the small-government mantra of Libertarian voters, Democratic officials see the development as a major boon.
Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1012/82379.html#ixzz29PEPJZAA
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Why do they always blame the voters? Is it the fault of people that want small government that the GOP never runs small government candidates? Put the blame where it belongs, the party and its candidates.
If Libertarians want to do something profound, then they need to go get converts and not just be smug spoilers.
Europe is proof enough that handing the socialists victories does not end in a public epiphany to go in the opposite direction.
Leftists have been very successful being incremental and libertarians should keep that in mind. They should push to get more and more libertarian candidates, not take their ball and go home.
I agree with you. And I’m not going to vote for Romney either. So what if Obama is re-elected?
Grr!!! This makes me mad as this is exactly how we lost Slade Gorton to Maria-Can’t-Vote-Well. Some never to be remembered again Losertarian siphoned off Slade’s margin of victory (only 20 or 30K) and now we’ve had nearly two terms of Senatorial flatulence as a result. Slade wasn’t perfect, but he was a solid conservative. This was a big-big deal back in 2000 as it resulted in the 50/50 Senate split that hamstrung GWB’s first term, legislatively speaking, and now we’re going to pay again because the Bush tax cuts that would have been permanent with 51 Republican Senators are going to expire at the end of the year.
Libertarians need to stop spoiling in the generals and start working more in the primaries to get libertairan minded Dems and Repubs on the tickets..
As a libertarian, I recommend they wake up and realize the only answer is to take control of the RNC. No 3rd party candidate can win a national vote ever. That was taken care of decades ago. Check the criteria for getting on enough ballots to get enough electoral votes. It simply cannot happen. As to state elections, stop fooling yourselves. Take back the RNC. It is the only path to victory for your cause.
is Rand Paul libertarian enough for y’all? Who is he backing in these races?
I don’t see much difference between the two. Obomneycare will stay, the spending will stay, the EPA will stay.
Don’t know or care who he’s backing. I do my own research.
I am a libertarian myself and anyone who votes for anyone besides Romney has s**t for brains.
The next president is going to be either Obama or Romney. NO ONE ELSE!!
A vote for Ron Paul is a vote for Obama and anyone who says there is no difference is not a serious person and just not even worth debating.
If you are not happy with Romney (as I am not) then WORK THAT MUCH HARDER in the next election cycle to get someone closer to your beliefs nominated.
So go ahead and pout libertarian. Go ahead and vote in a manner that helps get Romney defeated.
You are a loser anyway.
I dont see much difference between the two. Obomneycare will stay, the spending will stay, the EPA will stay.
And Obama thanks you for your support.
Damn! If you don’t see much difference then you are BLIND. Was Romeny LYING when in the first debate he said he will repeal Obamacare? He might be. But still... You need to lose the lberal mindset and vote for Romney.
Yes he was. It’s based on his pride and joy. And frankly even if he wasn’t he wouldn’t be able to pull it off. He’s not getting a super majority, any attempt to over turn will die in Congress.
There’s no liberal mindset about it. Quite the opposite. I have the CONSERVATIVE mindset of never voting for a socialist, period.
Oh, great. Libertarians siphoning the vote. I shrug every time I heard the word Libertarians. Because I don’t know what they think they’re doing.
I never enter political debates with children or idiots. People who don’t think BO will be FAR worse for America are one or the other. And unworthy of debate.
If all you’ve got is name calling you don’t enter debates, just flame wars. You also clearly don’t know history.
In the long run the numbers work out better for conservatives with a truly opposing president than a liberal with an R after his name. It’s all about midterm elections, the party of the sitting president loses seats in midterms, and the second midterm is a bloodbath (the dems hit par in 2006 half the time it’s bigger). So if obie wins the dems take a major bath in 2014, then an actual conservative R can take the White House in 2016 with workable majorities. If Romney wins he continues most of obie’s policies AND the dems gain seats in 2014, then if he wins reelection in 2016 the dems get major gains in 2018, and because sitting VPs often win the nomination but almost never win the presidency a dem gets the White House in 2020 with a workable majority.
You’ve got to understand the difference between the battle and the war. Some battles aren’t that bad to lose. I’d prefer a good republican in the White House, but none ran. So this is what we’ve got, 2 guys with very similar mindsets, 2 guys that will continue the run away spending, 2 guys where the only noticeable difference is the letter after their name, 2 guys that quite simply don’t deserve my vote.
Thanks for helping the obunghole to SCREW ALL OF US.
If you can’t see the difference between these two people, I would recommend you get your eye glass prescription checked.
And any other meds you are on.
Just remember to tell me how happy you are when Obunghole doesn’t even have the courtesy to bring the K-Y when he screws you to.
That says it all.
polls show the Libertarian nominee poised to siphon a fraction of the vote a small fraction, but potentially enough to tip the outcome in a cliffhanger.
L. Neil Smith's 2% solution. He's the first one I can recall proposing it as a strategy. Give me some time and I'll find the article.
Don't like it? Don't let RINOs run.
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