An article by Doug Thompson published in today’s Capitol Hill Blue titled, “In this election year, the only real choice is not any of the available choices” makes a case for NOTA, in this reporter’s experience, reminiscent of that made by Nicholas Sarwark at the 2012 Libertarian National Convention (and first covered by IPR here —

Mr. Thompson writes, in part:

But with near-zero enthusiasm among mainstream voters for either Obama or Romney, Johnson might pull enough votes to be a spoiler in 2012, although it’s hard to be a spoiler in a race where all the choices are rotten to the core. . . . With apologies to Winston Churchhille, (sic) the election this year is a case of the unqualified leading the uninformed into the unknown for the unimaginable.

The full article is available online at:

8 thoughts on “NOTA for POTUS?

  1. Ike Corona

    Looks like the comments at Capitol Hill Blue got taken over by Libertarians.

  2. R. D. Holland

    “…the unqualified leading the uninformed into the unknown for the unimaginable.”

    This might very well be the definition of “reality” for the 2012 Election. Why mainstream America continues — by consent — to let two-party politics dominate the direction our country is taking (and has took) for at least the last 100 years makes me scratch my head, to say the least. George Wallace, Ross Perot, John Anderson, and even Theodore Roosevelt have all launched 3rd Party campaigns in the past (and I am sure I have omitted a few) but in the long run, the Democrats and Republicans have weathered those “distractions” to keep a firm grip on “business as usual.”

    I wish “good luck” to any 3rd Party whose members and even temporary supporters are stopping to look at issues and not party labels, even if some of their platforms and positions are not in line with mine. At least some individuals seem to be taking time to “think,” although according to the recent Gallup poll, those numbers are less than 10% of the population. In the next 3-4 months, perhaps more Americans will — I don’t know, is “wake up” the right phrase — in the coming months, and not just support the Dem or GOP candidate just because all of their friends and neighbors do? I think that has alot to do with it: old-fashioned “peer pressure”, not wanting to appear strange or wanting to “rock the boat,” when in fact the boat might be much lower in the water than most are willing to admit.

  3. Melty

    fully agree with Oranje
    democracy done right would always allow for the none of the above option


    There’s NOTA dime’s worth of difference between the big two; they are just two sides of the same bad penny!

  5. Gene Berkman

    R.D. says “George Wallace, Ross Perot, John Anderson, and even Theodore Roosevelt have all launched 3rd Party campaigns in the past…” and he wonders why the bipartisan party remains dominant.

    Part of the reason for bipartisan dominance is the high level of kookiness or pure ambition among the challengers. The Wallace campaign in 1968 dealt with several issues, but defense of segregation was the most important part of the campaign.

    John Anderson ran as an independent for President out of ambition or ego. The closest to a signature issue was his “50-50” plan – 50 cents a gallon tax on gasoline to pay for a 50% hike in Social Security payments, I think.

    Ross Perot pushed for higher taxes, and got votes from conservatives who opposed Bush’s tax hike. Perot advocated more gun control, and got votes from conservatives who thought Bush was for too much gun control. Perot headed the War on Drugs in Texas, and legalization supporters like Jesse Ventura voted for him, because he was the third choice.

    The real alternatives to the bipartisan party can only rarely get a candidate with credentials, such as a former two term Governor. And even then, third parties cannot raise money because the real money in politics comes from special interests who want something from the government, and they don’t think a third party can deliver.

    Those are just some of the reasons the two parties keep control, even after most people have lost confidence in both of them.

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