Oh, yeah....One more thing. I will likely be voting third party rather than a write-in. I’m considering the Constitution Party (Virgil Goode) and America’s Party (Tom Hoefling). I don’t assume that either will stand a snowball’s chance, but that isn’t the reason for the vote.
Virgil Goode would seem to be the most reasonable choice, since the Constitution Party is much more prominent. I think, though, that given the current climate, he could have chosen a better route to take in terms of issues. Social conservatives are being left out in the cold; yet Virgil isn’t really pushing that. His main emphasis seems to be illegal immigration. While I agree with his points, I don’t think that will be a major rallying cry for conservatives this time. Plus, he seems to be cosying up to the Ron Paul faction more than to traditional conservatives. Yet, I generally agree with him on the issues.
I’m more comfortable with Tom Hoefling (our Eternal Vigilance), but America’s Party doesn’t have the same level of exposure at this point.
Once again, I have no illusion that either will win; but I think that the GOP-e needs to know for future reference that our votes cannot be considered automatic.
So how do we let them know?
How do we make it crystal clear that we've done what we've done in protest of being taken for granted?
There is little doubt that Romney will get the nomination.
There is even less doubt that Romney will lose to Obama.
It would seem to me that to be effective, any protest vote needs to meet a couple of criteria:
1:Each protest vote needs to be clearly identifiable as a protest vote.
2:There needs to be enough of these clearly identifiable protest votes that, had the votes been for Romney, they would have won the election for him.
I understand in some states a write-in will not count at all...every state has rules about this so best people who are going write-in make sure that candidate is ligit there....some states you don’t have the choice of a write-in..it’s a two party state period.