Article Asks, Are “Third Parties Goode News for Obama?”

This article tackles the question of how well Johnson and Goode might do in their respective home-states and in various battleground states in general.

So what’s an uncompromising Constitutional Conservative – like, say, Jamie Johnson of Iowa’s Republican State Central Committee, who vows “My conscience will not let me help” Mitt Romney — supposed to do?

Well, by coincidence, today is the start of the Libertarian National Convention, held appropriately enough in the do what thou wilt capital of America, Vegas, baby. The frontrunner for the nomination is the Libertarian’s first bona fide elected official to seek the nomination since, well, Ron Paul in 1988. Former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson ran briefly for the Republican nomination this year on the Peter Tosh platform; elected officials only seem to get vocal about drug legalization once they LEAVE office. Johnson could have some appeal to Occupy types, but my pet theory is that Libertarians take two to three votes from Republicans for every one they take from Democrats.

Perhaps more of a threat to Mitt Romney is former congressman Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party. They’re more of a strict social conservative outfit than the Libertarians, but that’s the ticket Paul endorsed late in the 2008 cycle. Goode’s got zero appeal to lefties but could draw decisive support in one state: his own Virginia.

The poll does not mention that Johnson polls best amongst independents and almost just as high amongst Democrats as Republicans. It does mention that Goode polls particularly well amongst the “Very conservative” demographic.

8 thoughts on “Article Asks, Are “Third Parties Goode News for Obama?”

  1. Nate

    “The frontrunner for the nomination is the Libertarian’s first bona fide elected official to seek the nomination since, well, Ron Paul in 1988.”

    Say what? Wouldn’t Bob Barr and Mike Gravel disagree?

  2. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    And Andre Marrou was an Alaskan state legislator, no?

  3. Gene Berkman

    Gary Johnson is the fifth former elected official to run as a Libertarian candidate for President.

    Roger Macbride was elected to the Vermont House of Representatives as a Republican in 1962, and was the LP candidate for President in 1976.

    Ron Paul and Bob Barr were both former Republican Congressmen. Andre Marrou was the only LP candidate who had served in lower office as an elected Libertarian – Alaska State Rep from 1984 to 1986.

  4. Gene Berkman

    Virgil Goode was for the Iraq War before he was against it. Goode also voted for the Patriot Act, which he now opposes.

    Now Mitt Romney has serious competition for voters who like flip flopping candidates.

  5. FLAMETHROWING LIBERTARIAN !

    The older you get my friends the more you come to realize over 99% of articles written have flaws within them !!! As overpaid LACKEYS for the Kleptocracy, their job is to re-enforce into the simpleton’s mind that any choice outside the “acceptable” choices harms them (the simple-minded voter) and must never be considered. A vote for C may hurt R , but an unmentioned G vote may hurt D just as much. But what the hay, your only REAL CHOICE is D and R, even though D and R has padded their pocket and took from you and yours to do it for hundreds of years and sent your family to BLEED and DIE for their futher enrichment and power grabs. You don’t need to think for yourself, we (by media) will tell you what to think.

    There Were 88 Media Companies…
    Now There Are 6 – http://www.rense.com/general90/media.htm

    SEVEN {7} Reasons Why Mitt Romney’s Electability Is A Myth – http://townhall.com/columnists/johnhawkins/2011/12/27/7_reasons_why_mitt_romneys_electability_is_a_myth/page/full/

    Who Donated to Mitt Romney – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Zq7sOjLvhI&feature=related

    Gary Johnson is “The BEST Job Creator of Them All.” – National Review Online: visit http://www.garyjohnson2012.com/coalitions/jobs

    The TRUTH shall set (you?) them FREE…..

    Independents Vote JOHNSON/GRAY 2012 Sometimes you have to send them a message.

  6. FLAMETHROWING LIBERTARIAN !

    “A learned blockhead is a greater blockhead than an ignorant
    one” — Benjamin Franklin, “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”

    “I pledge no allegiance to the flag of the Corporate States of America, or
    to the Kleptocracy which stole the land, and plunged our nation into debt,
    insurmountable, with questionable futures for all.”
    –Bruce Arnold, 19-Nov-2010

    On close review (I read the article) it just re-enforces what has been known by the insiders for months.

    Obama is setting on 242 EC Votes Romney not near so well. Obama wins FL and it’s 29 EC Votes and it’s over early. In fact it is almost IMPOSSIBLE to see, find, even DREAM of a Romney victory. Yet the LACKEYS will continue to preach this “close” election senario to the masses. (can’t vote for another choice it would effect the outcome). SAME Ole B.S. they sphew every four years.

    Break AWAY from the propaganda. Vote for the BEST candidate for ONCE in your micey life !

    “The war on drugs is a war on poor people using street drugs waged by rich people on prescription drugs.” – Rosanne Barr.

    “For the first time, the Libertarians actually have a credible candidate,” Stone told The Daily Caller. “Gary Johnson’s a two-term governor of New Mexico with a real record. He’s got executive experience. He’s not a wacky right-wing congressman from Georgia.”

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