Glibs have Rs on the ropes???

Discussion in 'Politics, Religion, Social Issues' started by Sydde, Sep 4, 2012.

  1. Sydde macrumors 68020

    Sydde

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    Looks like Gary Johnson has put the fear into the Republicans, they are worried about getting Nadered from the right. This story, FWIW, makes it look like they are trying to get the Libertarian party ticket yanked from as many battleground states' ballots as they can, lest critical Romoney votes be siphoned away.

    This is a sign of mental instability, when you start believing in your own distorted version of reality.
     
  2. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030

    ugahairydawgs

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    Of course they're trying to keep him off the ballot. Trying to keep Virgil Goode off the ballot in Virginia too. When you have a system like the Electoral College anything in addition to two candidates generally only serves to siphon off votes disproportionately from one side. It takes a flawed system and drops a bomb right in the middle of it.
     
  3. jnpy!$4g3cwk macrumors 65816

    jnpy!$4g3cwk

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    It is not surprising that this is happening in the same battleground states where voter suppression efforts have reached a high pitch. Obviously they have no shame, and are no doubt proud of the fact that they are playing "hardball".
     
  4. Sydde thread starter macrumors 68020

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    Except that the "siphoning off votes" is not well established. Al Gore's supporters (or the W loathers) whined about Nader taking critical votes from him, but did he? With the secret ballot thing and all we can never know for sure, but had Nader not been on the ballot, there is absolutely no guarantee that those votes would have gone to Gore.

    I mean, when would you consider voting for #3? Or #4, or #5? Every election seems to be characterized as one of great import, you just cannot afford to throw your vote away! Those who ignore that are going to vote for someone else, not for one of the big party candidates. The siphoning effect, as far as I or anyone can tell, is grossly overstated.
     
  5. ugahairydawgs macrumors 68030

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    This really isn't anything new. Democrats did the same thing to Nader back in 2004.

    Just the nature of the beast when you have a jacked up system like the electoral college.
     

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