As you may have gathered from my last post, I am feeling the same sense of frustration with the GOP that many others are experiencing. That sense of frustration is by no means unjustified. My good friend Ken Carroll writes a blog called Below the Gnat Line, and recently penned a very good discussion of “Why 2012 is Dangerous for the GOP”. It is a spot-on analysis of the situation and I highly recommend you visit his page to read it.
The growing frustration and impatience with the GOP has resulted in a great deal of discussion regarding a possible third party run, much of it involving Donald Trump. A group calling itself Americans Elect has started an effort to run a non-partisan ticket. One lesser known GOP candidate, former Governor Gary Johnson of
, has announced that he is dropping out of the GOP race to seek the Libertarian Party nomination. Both of his New Mexico supporters are expected to back Ron Paul. Iowa
I can fully understand why people are looking for other options, but as Kenny Rogers once told us, “You’ve got to know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em”. For the sake of the country, we have to remember that the primary goal in the 2012 is to elect a better President than the one we have now. Like it or not, the only way we can do that is to vote for the eventual GOP nominee.
It is entirely possible that the GOP will win the White House, regain the Senate, and hold the House in November, presenting them with the opportunity to show us once and for all if they are any better than the Democrats. If they do manage to keep their promises and pull the country back from the brink of a socialist disaster, this could be the GOP’s finest hour. If however, they once again begin to act like Democrats, it will be time for a third party.
We have seen in the recent past that third party Presidential candidates do not fare well, and so far have only managed to get Democrats elected. A third party candidate this time around would most likely have the same result. A presidential election year, especially one as important as this, is not the time to introduce the voting populace to a new political party.
If there is going to be a viable third party option in this country, it cannot begin with a presidential candidate. No one starts at the top, and that includes political parties. Instead, the new party must establish itself and prove to us who they are and how they will govern by first running candidates in Congressional races, or even in state and local races. Once we can see what this new party is capable of doing, it might be possible for it to gain enough support to mount a successful presidential campaign. Until that happens, the best they can hope for is to play the spoiler.
All it takes to see that I’m right is to take a look at our current list of political parties. There are at least forty and probably more, but none of them are capable of even making a ripple in a national election. Although members of those parties would like us to believe they are being kept out of the process by the two major parties, their lack of success is due to the simple fact that they have not convinced enough people that their views are correct and that they are capable of governing.
The time for a third party may be coming, but it is not here yet. Unless we are able to defeat Obama in November, a third party might well be too little too late.