Skip to comments.Buchanan: GOP Risks Third Party Revolt with Romney Candidacy
Posted on 10/20/2011 11:40:57 AM PDT by broken_arrow1
The GOP could face a revolt from within its tea party grassroots base if it nominates an establishment candidate without true conservative, anti-big government values, one of Americas leading conservative pundits tells Newsmax.TV in an exclusive interview.
Specifically, columnist and former Republican presidential candidate Pat Buchanan told Newsmax that the nomination of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the architect of a state insurance plan that many say inspired Obamacare, could prompt the tea party movement to form a third party.
Its a real possibility because the tea party folks and the Republican conservatives and social conservatives and others are very apprehensive of Mitt Romney and they dont feel he is really one of us, Buchanan told Newsmax.
Theyve got reason for that feeling and that sentiment but if they do that, if, for example they persuaded Ron Paul to run on a third party ticket, Barack Obama would be easily re-elected, he added.
Buchanan would certainly know. A former aide to President Ronald Reagan, he was one of the first conservative commentators to hold a prominent job as a TV commentator and syndicated columnist in the mainstream media.
From 1966 through 1974, Buchanan was an assistant to Richard Nixon, and from 1985 to 1987, White House Director of Communications for Reagan.
Buchanan ran twice for the Republican nomination for president and then in 2000 ran for the White House on the Reform Party ticket. He said he can see a third party candidate emerging in 2012 if Mitt Romney gets the GOP nod.
Of the current Republican candidates he said, Certainly Michele Bachmann is one of us. I think Rick Perry is. I think Herman Cain is. If you are talking about a more traditional conservative certainly I would put Santorum in there.
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Great.. you purist Freepers will give us 4 more years of Obama.
The birth of a new conservative party requires 4 viable candidates running, which is exactly what happened when the new Republican Party first won power. If a conservative candidate runs third party it would be a good idea for us to also support a fourth party moonbat to break up Barky's base.
As I said when Obamacare passed...the GOP is dead, they just don’t know it yet.
Nor does the majority on FR.
Any party that for decades wages war on their Conservative base, deserves ZERO support.
What are we?
The battered wives club?
Unbunch your panties, I never said I was IN FAVOR of it.
However, if he wins the nod, then Sarah and Cain getting together against him would at least make it interesting, and less of a cinch for obama.
I’ve posted a thousand times and this will make it a thousand and one. If RINO Mitt is the best the GOP has to offer then the GOP isn’t worth sh.. (rimes with Mitt).
It’s not that I’ve left the Republican Party, it will be the Republican party has left me.
Nominate an abortionist constitution trampler like Romney, then the GOP deserves to rot in hell!
Massachusetts Mitt, Gerald Ford, “mark my words” George Bush I , George Bush II, Undocumented Puppet Spammer, Rick Perry, Big Government vote the bailout McCain, and all the Big Media D.C. Bureaus.....
...all making the late Tip O’Neil so proud.....
.........making D.C. and the Big Beltway No. 1 in national income, on everyone elses backs. Hooray!
Shove your “purity” where the sun don’t shine!! NUTS TO YOU, IDIOT!!
Please tell me what Rubio has ever done to qualify him for national office.
Here’s your purity, troll: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7OQoBxZZPqU
The poison brought by Obama extends to judicial appointments. Could a President Romney do worse? I’d think that Romney would lean towards libertarian judges and justices with strong tenth amendment sympathies, so that he can bask in the glory of pleasing all states, liberal and conservative. Obama would bring on nothing but more jackbooted socialists. When replacing other jackbooted socialists it’s a wash, but if someone like Scalia or Thomas is on the line, it’s a whole nother ball game.
If I get banned for asking the question, well I get banned. It’s Jim’s blog and he can do what he wishes.
The battered wives club?
Excellent! Either establishment Republicans adapt or perish. It is they who will need a home and I doubt they will flock to the Democrats.
I feel your pain
I don’t think it is going to answer you. (Kitties ate him )
Romney has a history of making liberal appointments. He’s a dedicated big government progressive (leftist):
There will be NO campaign for Romney on FR!!
Sort of like Cain?