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Old 11-09-2012, 03:40 PM   #856
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Could get interesting in 2016:

http://reason.com/blog/2012/11/08/ga...campaign-adieu

Taking into account the track record of third party presidential candidates that run in consecutive cycles he said that he probably wouldn’t do so well. Ross Perot and Harry Browne both saw their vote totals go down by nearly half the second time they ran. Ralph Nader peaked in 2000 and never came close to those numbers in two subsequent presidential runs in 2004 and 2008.
“You can’t not do this and not be aware of the history. The history would suggest that we would do worse if we try this again,” Johnson says.
A Republican operative in New Mexico told me last night that Johnson could have done well, if not better than Heather Wilson, in the race for U.S. Senate here, but Johnson maintains that it’s an office he has no interest in. Democrat Martin Heinrich defeated Wilson 51-4.5 while Jon Barrie, running on the American Independent line, picked up 3.6 percent of the vote.
“I would have never predicted this,” Johnson says on the outcome of the Senate race in his home state where he is still fairly popular.
Johnson says he plans to stick with the Libertarians but he would not rule out a return to the Republicans for a future run.
“Never say never.”
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:00 PM   #857
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If getting less than half the vote that Ralph Nader got in 2000 is cause for celebration, it's safe to say that libertarian sentiment isn't some sleeping giant on the verge of reshaping American politics. Beyond that, how many people who voted for Johnson knew anything about him other than that he wanted to legalize pot?
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Old 11-09-2012, 05:06 PM   #858
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LOL! I just had to put it up! The picture that is.:p

I just heard that a lot of the Christian Right stayed away from the polls.

So now let's look at this:

Mitt couldn't beat McCain who couldn't beat Obama and that's who the Republicans ran. This is what the Republicans do, they just recycle one of the last guys as in picking a number at the deli section in the supermarket. In fact he got nearly early 2 million less votes than McCain. He only lasted in the primary because of his money.

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Old 11-09-2012, 05:56 PM   #859
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Ron Paul won't go quietly!!!

He's going to the college where he was well recieved to educate and spread his message of less govt and less interventions abroad.

I haven't seen this explanation yet on the election:
Paul said Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney "was hit because ... one issue he was correct on, he opposed the [auto industry] bailouts, and the people in the Midwest voted against him: 'Oh, we have to be taken care of.'"
Paul added: "We're so far gone. We're over the cliff. We cannot get enough people in Congress in the next five [or] 10 years who will do the wise things."
http://www.usnews.com/news/blogs/Ken...ont-go-quietly
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Old 11-10-2012, 01:17 PM   #860
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If getting less than half the vote that Ralph Nader got in 2000 is cause for celebration, it's safe to say that libertarian sentiment isn't some sleeping giant on the verge of reshaping American politics. Beyond that, how many people who voted for Johnson knew anything about him other than that he wanted to legalize pot?
Libertarians need to focus on winning smaller races and working their way up to The House and Senate with the ultimate goal being the White House.

If I were running things I'd try to find a way to go after Republican voters who are fed up with the Republican party's obsession with unwinnable social issues and spending (which is almost as bad if not worse than Democrats right now)

Of course, I might be a bit biased since that is pretty much where I'm coming from, but I don't think I'm the only one who falls into that camp of being frustrated with the current Republican party.
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