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1. “It’s a two-party system, so a failure to vote for Candidate X is a de facto vote for Candidate Y.” This is absurd on its face and fails basic logic. A vote for Candidate Z is neither a vote for Candidate X nor Candidate Y. 2. “Party X, which you have supported in the […]

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Plurality or first-past-the-post (FPTP) voting is not ideal in a race in which there are more than 2 candidates. This is because this voting system only ranks a voter’s first preference. Mathematically, all candidates a voter didn’t vote for are ranked equally by FPTP, namely they all receive 0 votes. In a hypothetical 3-way race […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Humpty Dumpty – A Postmortem of the Shattered GOP

 

Humpty_DumptyI love nursery rhymes; subversive as hell, each is a short, pointed, political statement masquerading as a scrap of silly, sing-song verse. And since history tends to repeat, we should not be surprised to find current events that map quite nicely to Mother Goose. For today’s example, consider the crack-up of the GOP in the context of “Humpty Dumpty.”

The GOP has, indeed, “sat on a wall.” And though some might go for the low-hanging fruit and claim that this “wall” is our southern border, I think that that’s too easy. I think of it as it was probably originally intended: The GOP was consistently faced with important decisions and consistently refused, for a variety of reasons — some cowardice, some intrigue — to take a side. And when those decisions had been made for it, the GOP shattered. And now, no one, especially not our self-proclaimed best and brightest, can reassemble it.

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Party Like It’s 1824

 

Screen Shot 2016-05-06 at 7.28.51 AMThere were four candidates for president in 1824: Secretary of Treasury William H. Crawford, Secretary of State John Quincy Adams, Tennessee Senator Andrew Jackson, and House Speaker Henry Clay (L-R, above). Since none of them received a majority of votes in the Electoral College, the decision fell to the House of Representatives. According to the 12th Amendment, the House elects the president “… by states, the representation from each state having one vote.” Even though Jackson had won twelve states in the College as well as a plurality of the popular vote, thirteen states in the House — the slimmest possible majority at the time — selected Adams, who subsequently became our sixth president.

Flash forward to the present day and the near future. Say one of the Republican dropouts (or perhaps more than one) runs as a third-party candidate. Senator Bernie Sanders can run, too, to cannibalize the Hillary vote. None receives a majority when the Electoral College meets in December, so the House elects the president. According to the blessed 12th, the House must choose from among the top three Electoral College vote-getters, one of which could be a third-party ex-Republican.

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Paul Ryan and Michael Bloomberg would be an alternative Republican ticket which down-ballot candidates can support to survive Trump in purple America. As a special bonus they might even win the election and give us a party worthy of our support. Bloomberg is a far richer and more successful New York businessman than Trump. He won elections in a deep blue […]

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Donald J. Trump is the Republican Nominee in the 2016 General Election. This is a fact. Now those of us who care must begin to plan the alternative; to plan a new party. This must not be a hastily done matter, and requires great thought and consideration; there is no chance that a new party […]

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Walker is still the only leader who can claim political victories in the Obama era and has successfully fought Trump Should he be drafted? Can he be drafted? More

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It’s a Conservative dream. Ted Cruz is going to lead a glorious exodus out of the GOP, and then lead a glorious Third Party crusade, announcing in his speech: “Outside of Washington, the vast majority of Americans share those basic common sense values. I believe we need to reassemble the Reagan Coalition, to unite conservatives and libertarians and […]

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If GOP’s small government era ends tonight, or in Cleveland, the dream will go on. I’m ideologically descended from those, like Reagan, whom the Democratic party left a few decades ago. But the Dems have moved even further away, so we can’t return there if the GOP leaves us too. More

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One of the false narratives that seems to be taking the blogging world, and Twitterverse by storm is this idea that Donald Trump, and his Trumpkins, have destroyed the Reagan Coalition. Now I myself have used similar hyperbole in the past few weeks, but mostly as a warning. In the sense of “This man is […]

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I have been a vocal supporter of a third party in the instance that Donald Trump wins the nomination, and many people here have come to my side. However, I have noticed that many of these people have been more worried about what the name of this new party will be than what will be […]

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As calls for a 3rd party become increasingly common, perhaps we should reflect on why the US has maintained a 2-party system for so long. Before discussing whether or not a different system is preferable, I would first like to understand whether or not a different system is even possible.  More

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An Appeal to Classical Liberals It is February 29th, and it seems as though God has had some mercy on us, and created an extra day for us to live in a world where Donald Trump isn’t the presumptive republican nominee. I suggest you open your windows and enjoy the natural light, before we start […]

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Given a Clinton vs Trump contest, would it be better for the U.S. for conservatives to hold our noses and vote for billionaire and former NY mayor Michael Bloomberg? Granted his pro-choice, pro-ssm, anti-second amendment, and nanny-state policies would be a turnoff, but couldn’t a Republican congress thwart him with those issues? Although his Supreme […]

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Just recently the National Review ran a special edition assaulting Donald Trump, joined by many Conservative and Libertarian figures (Indeed, getting David Boaz and Bill Kristol to unite in something is no small feat.) . This follows an endorsement of Donald Trump by Sarah Palin, which (in my opinion) tipped the scales in Donald Trump’s […]

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Given that Donald Trump is riding a five-month-long run on top of the polls and that the Iowa Caucus is next month, it’s a very real probability that he will win the Republican nomination. If this happens, it would be best to support a third-party candidate.

I don’t think Trump can win the general election, a position backed by polling. More importantly, his attempt to do so will discredit the Center-Right and will cause a major leftward shift in the country, as new voters who might have become right-leaning in time will ignore us altogether to avoid the straw-man that Trump will inevitably become.

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…I posted this, uh, elsewhere. Some is outdated, some is not. I’ll simply redact some of the spice and fill in a minimum of [edits]. I am re-posting this as part of a conversation on Claire’s thread. More

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