I don’t know about those McCain voters, but I am one Palin voter that went Libertarian in 2012.
There is no “middle” anymore. The one or two percentage of points gained by running RINOs and pandering to the left is NOT worth the cost of loosing the support, energy and turnout of the base.
Probably a significant number, in places like CO with the pot initiative.
What bothers me is the Republican voters who didn’t show up. Romney was a less flawed candidate than McCain and by all polls anti-Obama voters had united behind him. What happened to all those people who were highly motivated to throw the Obama regime out of office? They didn’t show. Why?
“Empower the GOP to limit government”?
When they had congress and the white house they spent like there was no tomorrow. The GOP needs to change from inside out, starting at the grassroots level.
When the Republican Party is principled, it succeeds. When it caves in to political correctness and the urge to be adored by the MSM, it loses.
There was a huge push on in the final weeks to get the Libertarians 5% so they would qualify for federal funding and be guaranteed a spot in the debates next time.
In 1988, I voted for G.H.W.Bush. He gave us “read my lips, no new taxes.”
In 1992, I voted for Bush 41 again. Fat lot of good that did me. His typical Gutless Old Pretender policies allowed for Perot to gain a foothold.
In 1996, I voted for Dole. I’m still not sure if he is or isn’t a re-animated voodoo zombie.
In 2000, I voted for Bush after Keyes lost the primary. He gave us Medicare Part D and Campaign Finance Reform.
In 2004, I voted for Bush because he wasn’t John eFFin’ Kerry. He gave us “too big to fail” and “sacrifice free market principles to save the free market.”
In 2008, I held my nose and voted for McCain. The next morning, I quit the Republican Party and became an Independent so I could look at myself in the mirror again.
In 2012, I “did the adult thing” and voted for Romney. Now I’m toying with the idea of joining the Libertarian Party so I can look at myself in the mirror again.
I’m done with the GOP. They have squandered every opportunity given them over the last 24 years. I won’t waste another vote on their sorry arses.
I have no answer to that but to say the Libertarians probably picked up a whole bunch more in 2012 with the Romney pick.