October 07, 2004

A spoiler for whom?

from - Buck

Electoral-Vote.com gets more and more interesting everyday. At one point they had Bush having 301 electoral votes. Now he is down to 264. The debates are not helping him at all.

Spoiler news: No, not Ralph. There is a secret spoiler lurking out there that only political junkies have ever heard of: Michael Badnarik of the Libertarian Party. He is on the ballot in 48 states, vs. about 35 for Nader. Some polls show him pulling in 1% to 3% of the vote. To a much greater extent than Nader, Badnarik is an equal-opportunity spoiler--he pulls at least at much support from Bush as he does from Kerry. His message is balanced budgets, low taxes, and minimal government. Minimal government means turning many government functions, from welfare to social security to national parks over to the private sector. Voters who support a balanced budget, free trade, and abortion on demand, and who oppose high taxes, gun control and laws telling consenting adults what they can do in private but can't stomach voting for a Democrat may go for Badnarik.

Would it really be a wasted vote?


Posted by Buck at October 7, 2004 08:55 PM

There can be no doubt that the libertarians are running an interesting candidate this time around.

For me, I'll start voting third party when America switches to an instant run-off system - which is most likely when third parties will start running serious candidates, too.

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