A reader writes:
I was reading your posts about Ron Paul's candidacy [YouTube Paul convert here], and I had an idea that I'm surprised nobody else has thought of (to my knowledge). Paul isn't going to win the Republican nomination. But I believe he is poised to become the most significant third-party candidate in 2008. Other potential independents -- Michael Bloomberg in particular -- seem to want to run as independents just because neither major party will have them. That's true of Paul, too. But Paul, unlike Bloomberg, will have the support of a party: the Libertarian Party.
The question is whether or not there are sufficient numbers of traditional conservatives who are disgusted enough with Bush's mutilation of their principles who would follow Paul to a third party. It probably depends on who the Pubs nominate -- it it's someone who wants to treat the presidency like the papacy, such as Romney, it just might happen. If it's somebody who is a little more moderate, like Rudy, then they might hold their nose and vote Pub anyway.
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