Well I remember him. I voted for him. Know what I got for my vote? 8 years of Bill Clinton. To say “I learned my lesson” about third parties is an understatement.
On the other hand, I also remember Ralph Nader. He probably saved us from at least four years of Gore, and $8 a gallon gasoline by now. And most likely more attacks on the US homeland.
So are third parties bad? Depends on who’s side loses because of them. In 1993, to me third parties were awful and I vowed never to be suckered by one again.
So today, we have an “Independent” candidate named Chris Pareja. A party of one. He may well be the most conservative candidate in the race to unseat Pete Stark, the best speaker, have the best looking website, he may be “all that”, and all that. Know what he doesn’t have? Campaign cash. Where do candidates get that? National parties, largely, and a Party of One is a broke candidate. Have a conservative George Soros handy? Well, don’t feel bad, because Forest Baker doesn’t either, or so I’m told.
I’ll make you a deal; you show me poll numbers that show Pareja has a better chance to beat Stark than Forest Baker, and you may convince me he’s the best candidate to beat Pete. But when you tell me he doesn’t even have enough signatures to get on the ballot as a write-in candidate as of August 3, what the heck is up with that?
I’ll tell you something else, too. Commenting here using leftist phrases like, oh say such as, “Enough of this Republican fear mongering.” makes me think you’re working for the Pete Stark campaign, I don’t care what website you may be associated with (or claim to be), you come across like someone trying to split the conservative vote and guarantee a Pete Stark win.
Whether you believe it or not, I’m no fan of the establishment GOP, especially after this weekend, I’m not thrilled with the NRSC backing Fiorina over DeVore, even though they claim they didn’t. I didn’t love the choice of candidates for Governor, either, and for President in 2008, for that matter. But here’s “the one thing”; they are the only party with the machinery to beat back the left, and that’s what this is all about in November. The time for crying over the choices or lack thereof ended for conservatives on June 8.
Bottom line, if you can’t find a way to support the Republican in November, then go against the Democrat; they are the party totally taken over by the left. With the Republicans, at least we still have time to straighten them out.