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Jim Lane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-25-11 02:14 PM
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3. There might be an opportunity to game the system.
Suppose, for example, that this organization nominated a centrist Republican, someone not comfortable with the extreme rightward lurch of the Republican Party (maybe a Giuliani type or a Snowe/Collins type). Such a candidacy might attract votes primarily from lifelong Republicans who don't like the Romney/Perry ticket (or whatever) but who can't bring themselves to vote for a Democrat.

Alternatively, suppose that the organization is taken over by Tea Partiers who feel excluded by the mainstream Republican establishment. Perhaps they (with help from a few false-front liberals, heh heh) could nominate someone like Bachmann or Roy Moore -- a Nader of the right.

If either of those things happens, the practical effect would be a big boost to Obama's re-election.

I'm a progressive who's very disappointed with Obama. Nevertheless, I certainly agree that a third-party candidate attacking him from the left would be a disaster.
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