I’d rather be irrelevant while standing on my principals. Narrow is the gate...
Note to those with their fingers on the ZOT/Account Delete button: I am not "campaigning" for Romney. I have made it clear that of those offered as candidates this election, Gingrich was my choice. But that didn't happen, and I am adult enough to accept that and try to make something useful of the remaining options, because it is either that or quit and go home. And it really is time, people, to take a grown-up view of reality here, and that is that at this point it appears very likely that the person sitting in the Oval Office with their hands on the levers of power after this election will either be Barack Hussein Obama or Willard Mitt Romney. That is the reality we face, and no amount of whining, complaining, disparaging, zotting, account deleting, and name-calling will change that. The question now is, what will you do with that reality? Sure, you can take your ball and go home and "send a message", which will be nothing more than another devastating defeat, or you can try to make the best of a bad situation and at least defeat the enemy you know is already in the process of ruining you.
Flame me if you want, but that is the situation as I see it. Am I happy about it? Hell, no. I am very aware of the problems Romney has. I am very aware of his record on things like health care and abortion. I don't support those positions. He says he's changed his views on those things. Maybe he has, I don't know, and I'm not sure I trust him. But I just can't stand the thought of another four years of Obama. The country is going bankrupt as it is and that will only be accelerated in a second Obama term, which I believe is his goal. He doesn't care about that. None of the 'Rats do. Defeating Obama is the only chance (note, chance, not assurance) we have to prevent that.
If someone can offer a better alternative, I am all ears. But I don't think a better alternative is having Obama for another four years. I don't see how "sending a message" by voting for a minor party candidate who will end up with a half of a percent of the vote sends any kind of message other than we won't listen to you. I don't see how writing in the name of someone who is not a declared candidate and who won't get more than a few thousands write-ins nationally will send any kind of message other than you're wasting your time. If you think we can get a candidate like Gingrich the nomination this late in the game, after he has said he's out, well, okay, tell me how to make that happen. I'm serious. If you don't accept the reality as it seems to be, give us a practical plan for an alternative that has a realistic chance of succeeding. Because lacking that, its going to come down to either Obama or Romney.