It is not even 2012 yet and the talk of a third-party candidate in the presidential election is gaining traction. Behind the big push is Americans Elect a nonpartisan group who plans an online nominating convention. They have managed to get on the ballot in California and eleven other states. Why? do they think that they can provide us with a candidate, that is really a winning option?
Who actually comes to mind when you think of third-party? Ralph Nader? the Libertarian who has successfully wasted INK on the ballot in far too many election cycles? To be noted, he is the reason for George Bush being elected, Nader took just enough votes away from Gore in Florida to make Bush the winner. (thanks Ralph, you asshole). We can fondly remember H.Ross Perot, the third-party candidate who took nearly 19% of the popular vote in 1992, which made him the most successful third-party candidate in a presidential election since Roosevelt in 1912.
Taking a look back in history, gives us a great look at what the future holds for a third-party candidate in 2012. It is a DUMB IDEA, that has a chance to spoil the race for Obama or the GOP nominee and that is about it. Proponents, will champion the idea it gives voters a choice. So I can choose between getting kicked in the teeth or getting punched in the mouth. Sounds promising doesn’t it?
What we will get from a third-party besides a wasted vote is _____________. Here is a great opportunity for self promotion though and the first name that comes to my mind is The Donald. Who else could better waste ink on the election ballot?