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"But, while many Republicans probably wouldn’t like a Ron Paul nomination, most of them probably wouldn’t be out there visibly fighting against him once he won—because ultimately, they like the Democrats even less than they like Paul."

A good portion of GOP votes went toward candidates with socialist agendas. The republicans remain beholden to war and senior benefits. I'd guess they would vote for Obama rather than risk upsetting the gravy train and then work to get their kind of socialist in power in '16. It doesn't look like that theory will be tested.

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I don’t think they’d vote FOR Obama—what I suspect they’d do is just leave that line blank.  We’ve had examples here in Nebraska, where a Republican Governor has lost to a Democrat (not frequent) because they’d made people mad—the total votes in the Governor’s race was significantly less than the votes in the down-ticket races for Republicans—hence allowing the Democrat vote to be concentrated.  No appearance that the Republicans were voting FOR the Democrat—they just weren’t voting FOR the Republican. So, in a manner of speaking, I suppose you could argue that (were Ron Paul to win the nomination), a no-vote is a vote for Obama; but by the same token, our friends in the Party will say that if Romney wins the nomination (expected), that a no-vote, or a vote for a third party candidate, is a vote for Obama.    

"a no-vote, or a vote for a third party candidate, is a vote for Obama. "

They would be correct, but would the GOP get the signal to change their brand? Or would they go down with the ship?

I suppose it depends on whether you see politics as a game of absolutes, or one of a spectrum of choices. I know many Republicans who say "I'm not keen for Romney, but he's better than Obama." Bragging about causing a loss to Obama will not (in my view) help Republicans to see the light--it will result in them despising "us" as much as (or more than) they do the Dems.

I don't worry about this matter. I am a member of the Libertarian Party. I only registered Republican for a brief few weeks in Florida so I could vote for Ron Paul. Now I am happy to be back home in the Libertarian Party and will be doing all I can for our Presidential nominee, likely to be Gary Johnson.

It really is choice driven, like the consumers that we are. And if there's nothing appealing on the shelves of one store, you leave. The republicans have proven they have good commercials, but inferior merchandise.

Good luck with the LPs, George W. I wasn't too happy with Bob Barr, but I like Gary Johnson much better.

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It is, without doubt, a market driven choice—in which you have to factor normal preference, and cost and benefits of driving somewhere else.  I think of it as living in a small town, though, with only one mega grocery store and no others.  If I go to the store, and find that my preferred brand of bacon is sold out, I can easily just choose another brand and keep shopping (assuming I really need the bacon), or drive to a larger town (not a cheap alternative); if I work for the company that makes my preferred bacon down the road, then I have to consider other things before I purchase the competitor’s brand: what would it cost me to drive somewhere else where “my brand” is available? Is anyone who knows me and who knows where I work going to see me with the competitor’s brand?  If my boss sees me in the checkout line am I going to suffer some sort of repercussions?   Obviously, we’re all free to purchase whatever bacon we choose, but the way in which we purchase it could have longer term ramifications.  If it were me, rather than waving the flag and making a big deal over purchasing a competitor’s product, I’d probably just stick it between the other things in my cart, and check out quietly—and hope that they restock so that the next time I don’t have to purchase the other bacon… 

Different matter:

We´ve just passed the 700 000 visitors mark.

That makes us one of the most "under-visited" und most "under-appreciated" blogs in world history.

However, this, in turn, makes us a historic phenonmenon.

I just wonder, what is the secret of our (relative)lack of success?

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Well, I figure 5 ½ years and 700,000 visitors isn’t really all that bad.  We’re sort of an acquired taste, I suspect.  Consider that we’ve reached this mark with virtually no outside promotion—no ads, etc.  We’re not for everyone, and one of the advantages of not spending the money to advertise and the time to actively promote, is that there’s no real incentive to be anything than we are… 

I don't think the conventional wisdom that voting for the LP candidate holds this year. Gary Johnson is to the left of Obama on many things and could draw from both sides. At any rate, I will keep up my streak of always voting for the Libertarian for president. I only grudgingly voted for Barr last time, but with Johnson I have no reservations.

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