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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It would make me literally sick to my stomach. Pray no conservative sells his soul for that abortionist big government progressive POS!
Romney is Obama in whiteface.
What part of ...I WON’T vote for the bastard...do you fail to understand?
The WSJ has been running articles, almost daily, warning that Romney is NOT A CONSERVATIVE. One article, by Henninger, said that there was still time to force Romney to the right by getting behind some of the more conservative candidates. (Newt and Santorum come to mind, Romney seems to simply dismiss Bachman)
Newt even insinuated that he could be the candidate to force Romney to move right.
And with the illegales (anchor babies or no) come misguided sympathizers who say the only way to help them is to shanghai the taxpayer into doing it. Private charities? Missions to Mexico? What’s that?
I wish we had a like button, so I could just endorse your comment.
I actually think that the country and conservatives would be worse off with Romney as president because the Repubs in Congress would be hesitant not to vote with him. So, we’d be left with Obama- lite and nothing to stop him.
All part of the plan, as Texas, Florida, Nevada, Arizona and many others follow...
What did anyone expect?
After government rolled out the red carpet for tens of millions of illegals, who literally double their numbers every couple years with anchor babies, all on the backs of the tax payers..
In fact, only a blind fool can't see where this will lead the U.S., in just a few short years.
Thanks to government, and their drive to divide the united, there is nothing that will stop this national socialist suicide.
You can vote Green or Communist or Mickey Mouse write in, that’s the beauty of America. But it’s horribly misguided. The GOP has sometimes gotten sensible justices into the USSC. Tell me any Democrat — any at all — who has.
McCain Romney Palin Cain 2008 2012
If Romney wanted to restructure his platform to imitate a popular candidate, seems to me that Cain is in that spot.
I have a great respect for Buchanan and I too think he may be right. I am another who is not going to vote for Romney no matter what.
If Romney is anywhere on the ticket, that slot on the ballot will be left blank.
Bring it on.
Romney has kept insisting that he never wished Romneycare on any other states or as a Federal thing, that it was a local Massachusetts thing. He’d probably claim the same with other screaming liberal influences he buddied up with while governor of Massachusetts. So a veep that parroted these talking points wouldn’t get any grief from Romney.
Could you please be more clear?
I will NEVER vote for Romney for Pres.
I could be persuaded if he were the VP candidate, because he would be too old to run again after his VP term was up. I don’t see what assets he could bring to the table as VP, though.
Cain hasn’t been able to push Romney because he doesn’t have full support on his own ideas and has shown a readiness to speak out before he gives an issue full though.
In other words, Romney thinks that he can dominate Cain, not the other way around. Romney knows that he is no match for Gingrich, less so Santorum, though I’d match Santorum’s intelligence against Romney any day.
And when Obama has replaced a dying, say, Scalia with you know what, we know the ballot blankers are to thank.
Why not? He effortlessly moved to the left of Ted Kennedy in Massachusetts then governed as Teddy’s bitch. He’ll lie, steal, cheat, do or say anything to get elected.
He’s a two-bit lying political whore. No foundation whatsoever.
“Could you please be more clear?”
Not without getting the boot...lol
NUTS TO YOU!!
NO SURRENDER!! NO RETREAT!!
Pat is often wrong but he is right on this one. Romney would torch what is left of the GOP.
That would ensure the re-election of Obama.
OK, let’s easily lose the last bastion of US sanity before dissolving into another armed battle. I’ll gladly take the nuts, be they Brazil, almonds, filberts, cashews, even peanuts, for saying that. Of course every effort must be put into seeing that Romney is not the candidate. But if he is, a boycott of the GOP candidate for president, without a spectacularly good third party (again e.g. Cain/Palin running as TEA) is cutting off one’s nose to spite one’s face.
LOL. I appreciate your being so succinct!
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?