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  • Go Rogue or Go Home

    07/02/2013 5:57:12 PM PDT · by Bratch · 45 replies
    Red State ^ | July 2, 2013 | Erick Erickson
    Much has been made about Sarah Palin’s comments on going third party. I just have one problem with the comments about Governor Palin’s remarks. Though she was answering a question about going third party, I did not and still do not interpret her remarks as expressing an outright willingness to go third party. Governor Palin has long been a disruptive candidate and, as a disruptive candidate, has worked from inside the party to change its ways. When she says things like, more and more of us are going to start saying, ‘You know, what’s wrong with being independent,’ kind of...
  • Obama team sees promise in 3rd party candidacies

    07/31/2012 12:45:01 PM PDT · by nhwingut · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 07/31/2012 | Jim Kuhnhenn
    WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama's re-election effort is paying close attention to two candidates mounting third-party campaigns for the presidency, believing they could draw votes from Republican rival Mitt Romney and help Obama win a few tightly contested states. One candidate is Virgil Goode, a former conservative Virginia congressman who is running as a member of the Constitution Party. The other is Gary Johnson, a former two-term Republican governor of New Mexico who is the Libertarian Party's presidential nominee. Obama's team has scenarios whereby Obama can win states like Virginia and Colorado with less than 50 percent of the...
  • Third parties a dud in 2012

    07/06/2012 6:08:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The Examiner ^ | July 6, 2012 | Michael McGuire
    Voter dissatisfaction or not, there is very little support this year for third party presidential candidates. In a Gallup Poll released Friday that includes three minor-party candidates, Barack Obama received 47 percent support, Mitt Romney 40, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson 3, Green candidate Jill Stein 1 and Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode less than 1. Two percent of voters said they favor U.S. Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), 1 percent mentioned someone else, 2 percent had no opinion and 5 percent said they will not vote. Voter dissatisfaction or not, there is very little support this year for third party presidential...
  • Scarborough: Like Beck, I'd Consider Third-Party Ron Paul Over Gingrich

    12/13/2011 6:24:38 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 78 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Today's Morning Joe has been one long festival of Gingrich gouging. Joe Scarborough set the tone early. During the opening segment Scarborough announced that, like Glenn Beck, if the choice comes down to Obama vs. Gingrich, and Ron Paul is running as a third-party candidate, "I'm going to give him a long look." View the video here.
  • Lawsuit: Prop. 14 violates California minor party voters' rights

    11/22/2011 5:04:27 PM PST · by SmithL · 6 replies
    SacBee: Capitol Alert ^ | 11/22/11 | Torey Van Oot
    A group of voters from minor political parties is challenging California's new top-two primary system in the courts, arguing that the election process established under Proposition 14 is unconstitutional. A lawsuit filed Monday in Alameda Superior Court claims that the new system, which sends only the two candidates who get the most votes in the primary, regardless of political party affiliation, to the general election, "severely burdens voter, candidate and party associational rights." "By limiting access to the general election ballot, Prop. 14 effectively bars small political parties, their candidates, and their members from effective political association, precisely at the...
  • Chuck Todd: Third Or Fourth-Party Presidential Candidates Will Emerge In Spring

    11/08/2011 7:23:05 AM PST · by governsleastgovernsbest · 35 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Chuck Todd didn't cautiously couch his prediction. On today's Morning Joe, NBC's political director flatly forecast that third and/or fourth party presidential candidates will emerge in the Spring. Todd based his bold prediction on the theory that there is a hunger for populist candidates, and that populism is not the way Obama or Romney [his presumed Republican candidate] "roll." View the video here.
  • Third-party bids would help Obama (v.Mittens, PPP poll)

    08/25/2011 3:21:54 PM PDT · by Baladas · 14 replies
    PPP Blogspot ^ | August 25, 2011
    Some have suggested that with an unpopular president who's got a somewhat dissatisfied base and suffers from a weak economy, and with a Republican nominee who inevitably will either struggle with the middle or who is not conservative enough for the right, there is room for a strong third-party bid for the first time in at least 16 years. But we took a look at seven possible independent candidates against Obama and his strongest GOP challenger, Mitt Romney, and found that the chances of defection by GOP-inclined voters are stronger than are cracks in the Democrats’ armor. Despite their grumbling,...
  • Cry Me A River: Third Party Spoilers?

    11/04/2010 11:41:28 AM PDT · by Wading Across · 4 replies
    Wading Across Blog ^ | 11-4-10 | Wading Across
    With the results of this Tuesday’s election, some are crying foul. Several “Tea Party” candidates lost and one or more individuals (specifically from within the Tea Party) are blaming third party candidates for their Tea Party backed candidate’s loss. Certainly, their grievance has some sound reasoning, but much of it, in my opinion, is angry spin rooted in wounded pride. In this posting, I will look at several key races, such as Florida, Delaware, Nevada, Colorado, Alaska and most importantly, the Missouri Congressional race for its 3rd district. I will attempt to separate legitimate complaints from irrelevant ones and hopefully...
  • Darn You, Third Parties! (It happened with Bill Clinton, and it happened again this year)

    11/03/2010 10:41:10 AM PDT · by WebFocus · 102 replies
    National Review ^ | 11/03/2010 | Jim Geraghty
    Off the top of my (very groggy) head, I cannot think of too many cases where a Democrat lost a winnable race because of too many left-of-center votes drifting to a liberal third party, other than Ralph Nader’s role in the 2000 presidential election. Last night, a withdrawn third-party bid ended up costing Republicans at least one key victory. I’m starting to think the New York 23rd district is cursed. Doug Hoffman, Conservative-party candidate, inspiring figure of 2009′s special election, made a remarkably mature decision to drop his Conservative bid this year and back the Republican, Matt Doheny. Last night,...
  • Dems Accused of Tea Party Tampering

    08/06/2010 9:28:41 AM PDT · by ConjunctionJunction · 11 replies
    Politico ^ | August 5, 2010 | Jeanne Cummings
    Nationally, Democrats say they intend to campaign against the tea party movement. But locally, Democratic officials and activists in at least four states now stand accused of collaborating with tea party candidates in an attempt to sabotage Republican challengers in some of the closest House races in the nation. The charges of dirty tricks are being leveled in Pennsylvania, Michigan, New Jersey and Florida — and they involve more than a half-dozen contests that could tip the balance of power in the House. The accusations range from helping tea party activists circulate candidate petition sheets to underwriting the creation of...
  • Alan Keyes and the Neocon Destruction of Third Parties

    06/17/2010 1:13:18 PM PDT · by Seadog Bytes · 56 replies · 710+ views
    Freedom Forum ^ | June 15, 2010 | Maggie Bloom
    Alan Keyes and the Neocon Destruction of Third PartiesBy Maggie Bloom Sacramento Central Committee American Independent Party I’ve really come to dislike Alan Keyes. He says all the right conservative things but what he does is destructive to the Constitutional movement. I have trouble believing it is not planned. First time I noticed it was in 2006. Illegal immigration had finally hit the main stream media as an issue. Citizen border patrol groups sprang up and huge amounts of money were donated to build an Israeli style fence along the Mexican border. The money was all funneled through a non...
  • Wasted Votes, Third Parties

    04/23/2010 9:06:25 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 50 replies · 421+ views
    Annuit Coeptis ^ | April 23, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    If the major parties were running Satan and Beelzebub for office, would you vote for Beelzebub because he is “the lesser of two evils?” Not this citizen; if those are the choices, I’m a write-in for Jesus.
  • North Carolina State Court of Appeals Upholds 2% Petition for New Parties

    10/23/2009 11:21:09 AM PDT · by BGHater · 256+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | 20 Oct 2009 | Richard Winger
    On October 20, the North Carolina State Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 that the petition requirement, 2% of the last gubernatorial vote, does not violate the State Constitution. The plaintiffs are the Libertarian and Green Parties. This is the case that was filed in 2005. The 2% requirement for 2010 and 2012 is 85,379 signatures. North Carolina’s requirement is the second most severe in the nation, both on a percentage basis and a raw number basis, when one compares each state’s easier method for getting on the ballot for president. Here is the decision. The Court also upheld the 2%...
  • Divide and conquer

    10/20/2009 10:37:39 PM PDT · by neverdem · 27 replies · 905+ views
    American Thinker ^ | October 21, 2009 | Steve McCann
    The 2010 will be the most important midterm election in the history of our nation.   The coalition necessary to vote out of office those members of Congress who are supporting President Obama's effort to turn the country into a socialist utopia is still fractured and pursuing individual agendas. It is part of the Democratic Party strategy to keep the electorate divided and at odds with each other. In today's world of sound bites and miniscule attention spans, a simple sentence -- "There isn't a bit of difference between Republicans and Democrats" -- has become embedded in the nation's lexicon and...
  • America, quo vadis?

    05/04/2009 7:28:43 AM PDT · by rrstar96 · 5 replies · 504+ views
    Constitution Party ^ | April 30, 2009 | Jim Paynard
    Where are you going Lady Liberty? Where have you gone? Sadly, most lovers of freedom and independence know the answer to those questions. They simply don’t know what to do about it. Write a letter to your elected officials or the local paper? Educate your children about American ideals? Buy gold? Stock up on supplies? Oil your guns? Gripe to your barber? Make a sign and stand around sipping coffee at a protest rally? Hand out freedom literature? Vent on a radio talk show? Pray? The last idea is always a good one. The others appear to be ineffective, at...
  • Libertarian National Committee Invites Ron Paul to Seek LP Nomination

    12/09/2007 11:57:26 AM PST · by logician2u · 75 replies · 232+ views
    Ballot Access News ^ | December 9th, 2007
    Third Party Watch reports that the Libertarian Party National Committee just unanimously passed a resolution, which reads, in part, "In the event that Republican primary voters select a candidate other than Congressman Paul in February of 2008, the Libertarian National Committee invites Congressman Paul to seek the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party, to be decided in Denver, Colorado, during the Memorial Day weekend of 2008." Third Party Watch has an eyewitness reporter at this meeting, which has been going on this weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. The Paul resolution was authored by former Congressman Bob Barr.
  • Third parties play spoilers for Dems, GOP

    11/15/2006 10:30:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 698+ views
    The Examiner ^ | Nov 14, 2006 | Brian Doherty
    WASHINGTON - The Republicans’ reaction to their Election Day “thumping” has been dramatic and entertaining. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Republican National Committee Chairman Ken Mehlman are on their way out the door. Karl Rove, who predicted a GOP victory to the bitter end, found himself thrown under the bus and a punch line after the election. “I obviously was working harder in the campaign than he was,” President Bush said of Rove half-jokingly last week. And talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh surprisingly admitted that he had abandoned his conservative principles by shilling for these big-spending Republicans, but claimed...
  • Why Third Parties Should and Will Always Fail in America

    07/26/2006 8:11:49 AM PDT · by tang0r · 38 replies · 738+ views
    The Prometheus Institute ^ | 7/27/2006 | Editorial
    The article outlines five fundamental reasons why third parties are wholly ineffective in the US. It goes on to say that this isn't necessarily a bad thing either, because ideologies from these third parties are usually adopted into one of the major parties anyway. An interesting read with reasoning that is hard to dispute. (Sorry Ralph Nader)
  • (Rasmussen) Poll: 3rd party scores with border backlash

    04/27/2006 12:38:33 PM PDT · by inquest · 180 replies · 2,720+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 4-27-06
    A generic third-party presidential candidate emphasizing border security would tie a Democratic candidate and defeat a Republican, according to a new poll. The Rasmussen Reports national survey asked respondents how they would vote if "a third party candidate ran in 2008 and promised to build a barrier along the Mexican border and make enforcement of immigration law his top priority." In that scenario, Democrats, with 31 percent, would be in a virtual tie with the third-party candidate, with 30 percent of the vote. The Republican candidate would be favored by only 21 percent. Rasmussen comments that the result "probably reflects...

    07/18/2005 12:45:17 PM PDT · by IronChefSakai · 108 replies · 1,282+ views
    CONSTITUTION PARTY NATIONAL COMMITTEE TO MEET IN COLUMBUS, OHIO The Fall 2005 National Committee meeting of the Constitution Party will be held September 16 and 17 in Columbus, Ohio. Please watch this space for details on registration and the meeting agenda. On Friday, September 16 the the business meeting of the National Committee will be held. That evening there will be an awards banquet. The meeting will reconvene on Saturday morning, September 17th. The National Committee meeting's official business will end with lunch on Saturday, followed by Howard Phillips' and The Conservative Caucus' special Constitution Day events. The weekend's activities...
  • Two-party system must go

    11/01/2004 9:40:20 PM PST · by TBP · 94 replies · 514+ views
    Auburn Plainsman ^ | October 28, 2004 | Michael Thompson
    Jay Leno said it best. The comedian with the unusually large chin quiped, "Its amazing that we live in a country that has 50 contestants for Miss America, but only two for president." We are five days away from the Nov. 2 Presidential Election, and the two choices for commander-in-chief we are realistically left with have reached the political equivalent of the 12th round of a boxing match. As of yet, neither President George W. Bush nor challenger John F. Kerry have delievered a knock out blow, leading one to suspect the judges to decide the winner. The judges of...
  • Our two-faced duopoly

    09/12/2004 10:17:52 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 7 replies · 414+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Sunday, September 12, 2004 | Dimitri Vassilaros
    Commonwealth Court kicked independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader off Pennsylvania's November ballot. The two-party duel monopoly effectively stops competitors -- those not registered "Democrat" or "Republican" -- from challenging it. Think of the duopoly as a 19th century trust virtually eliminating competition to corner the political market. Think of the court as a component of the duopoly's vertical integration. Think of Nader as a trust-buster. Richard Winger, editor of Ballot Access News, thinks little of the ruling. "I have been following ballot access cases for 40 years," Winger said. "I never have seen a more mindless decision."
  • Wasting Your Vote

    08/31/2004 12:03:20 PM PDT · by TBP · 29 replies · 7,239+ views
    Original material | 8/31/04 | TBP
    Did you hear about Maryland Gov. Robert Ehrlich urging President Bush not to campaign in Maryland? He said it would be a waste of time, since the state is just about certain to go for Kerry. Now, Republicans always tell conservatives not to vote for candidates like Mike Peroutka because he "can't win," so our votes will be "wasted." Democrats make the same argument to stop liberals from voting for candidates like Nader. But isn't a Republican vote in Maryland or New York or a Democrat vote in Utah, Wyoming, or much of the South similarly "wasted," since it's considered...
  • Why Voting for a Third Party Candidate is NOT Throwing Your Vote Away

    08/14/2004 4:03:42 PM PDT · by TERMINATTOR · 41 replies · 505+ views ^ | August 14, 2004 | Jason Marianna
    You hear it every election year. Those 5 little words, strung together to make up the biggest lie in politics: “You’re throwing your vote away.” The media even has a name for the candidates that get the “throw away” votes. They call those candidates “spoilers”. Why? Because it ruins the whole two-party myth. It shows evidence that there are more choices out there than tweedle-dee and tweedle-dum. The two major parties are beginning to realize this too. No longer can they sit back as the Greens, Constitutionalists, Libertarians, and Independent Americans take away a percentage of the votes. They can’t...
  • Third parties - They aren't a sideshow

    09/16/2003 10:48:14 AM PDT · by schaketo · 25 replies · 217+ views
    Ithaca Journal, NY ^ | September 16, 2003 | Ithaca Journal Staff Writers
    <p>In the aftermath of the 2000 presidential election, some political analysts and Democratic Party officials blamed Green Party presidential candidate Ralph Nader for tilting the election toward the Republican candidate, George W. Bush.</p> <p>These critics alleged that the Green Party pulled in voters who would have otherwise automatically voted for the Democratic Party candidate. The Green Party, they said, was a "spoiler." New York Republicans made similar accusations regarding Thomas Golisano's unsuccessful 2002 New York gubernatorial bid. Golisano, they said, "stole" votes from the Republican Party candidate George Pataki, who nonetheless won by a huge majority.</p>
  • Scottish Elections: Power to the people as the wee parties steal show

    05/02/2003 6:57:21 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 3 replies · 240+ views
    The Times, UK ^ | May 03, 2003 | Shirley English
    For education and discussion only. Not for commercial use. The success of new and minor groups in Thursday's election shook up the political establishment north of the border. We look at the key players THE SOCIALISTSBy Shirley English IF THERE was an award for the best celebration of Scottish election night it would, without doubt, go to Colin Fox of the Scottish Socialist Party. Hearing that he had been elected as a regional list MSP for the Lothians, in the early hours of yesterday morning, he leapt off the platform, over a barrier and jumped up and down cheering with...
  • Perspectives: Fresh faces need not apply

    04/19/2003 10:29:32 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 177+ views
    The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ^ | Saturday, April 19, 2003 | Judy Wertheimer
    <p>What's wrong with this picture?</p> <p>Some 120 people came together on a snowy Saturday morning in January at the Carnegie Library in East Liberty. They assembled in an effort to field one strong candidate to oppose incumbent Darlene Harris in the May 20 primary election for the District 2 seat on the Pittsburgh Board of Public Education.</p>
  • Can Libertarians function in the Republican Party?

    11/26/2002 2:34:41 PM PST · by Sparta · 150 replies · 532+ views
    Fox News | 11/26/02 | me
    I just heard on John Gibson's show a guest say that libertarians can influence policy in the Republican Party. He pointed to Ron Paul and Dick Armey as examples. Your comments please.
  • Meet the Losertarians!

    11/14/2002 10:23:51 AM PST · by arual · 344 replies · 1,064+ views
    The American Enterprise ^ | November 14, 2002 | Michael Medved
    America's Libertarian Party services only one purpose: Distracting and confusing the determined combatants in all our critical national struggles. Consider the preposterous Libertarian role in the just concluded midterm elections. South Dakota represented ground zero in the struggle for control of the Senate, and Republican John Thune and incumbent Democrat Tim Johnson fought to a virtual tie--with only 527 votes (less than 0.2 percent of the vote) dividing them. Meanwhile, 3,071 votes went to Libertarian Kurt Evans, a 32-year-old teacher who listed as one of his prime preparations for the Senate that his father is a known Country & Western...
  • Third Parties Hope to Raise Profile

    11/04/2002 10:56:15 AM PST · by winner45 · 2 replies · 186+ views
    BOSTON (AP) - Libertarians, Greens and other third party candidates are on ballots across the nation this week as the parties strive to raise their national profile. ....snip.....
  • Washington spending going wild

    08/27/2002 3:27:35 PM PDT · by inquest · 14 replies · 306+ views
    WorldNetDaily ^ | 8-27-02 | Joseph Farah
    Legend has it there were once two major political parties in America. The Democrats, I've been told, believed in higher taxes and more government spending to solve every imaginable social and political problem – and some unimaginable ones. The Republicans, they say, believed in cutting taxes, restricting spending and limiting the size and scope of government – with at least a nod and wink toward the Constitution. They say legends die hard, but this one sure died quickly. Since February 2001, the phony $2.25 trillion in projected surpluses over the next decade have been wiped out – in one session...
  • Patrick Henry Could Not Be Elected Today

    08/01/2002 10:29:52 AM PDT · by jgrubbs · 34 replies · 483+ views
    Email | August 2, 2002 | By Chuck Baldwin
    Patrick Henry Could Not Be Elected Today By Chuck Baldwin August 2, 2002 My friend and mentor, Jerry Falwell, wrote an inspiring column in his National Liberty Journal entitled, "We Need A Patrick Henry To Lead Us." In this article, he aptly expresses the desire for leaders such as the famed Patrick Henry to again arrive on the American scene. With all my heart, I agree with him that such leaders are desperately needed. However, the problem is not that such leaders don't exist but that few Americans seem willing to support and follow them. We have seen several principled...
  • Traficant Speaks to "America First Party"

    07/18/2002 12:28:18 PM PDT · by Commie Basher · 37 replies · 402+ views
    America First Party press release ^ | July 18, 2002 | America First Party
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE America First Party 1630 A 30th Street #111 Boulder, Colorado 80301 Tuesday, 16 July 2002 REP. TRAFICANT SET TO SPEAK AT FOUNDING NATIONAL CONVENTION AS PARTY GROWTH CONTINUES Boulder, CO - Ohio Congressman James Traficant has accepted an invitation to address the America First Party Founding Convention, August 8-11 in Orlando, FL. The convention is open to the public. Those interested in attending should got to our website ( or call our toll-free number 1-866-SOS-USA1 for complete information. The newly formed America First Party continues its astonishing growth rate, placing new candidates on the ballot, and...