Generally, I believe that third parties ensure the re-election of Democrats. This was true in the 1990s when Ross Perot ran against George Bush and Bill Clinton, winning 20% of the votes and getting no electoral college votes.
And while I am still strongly opposed to a third party this round, I can’t help but think of a scenario where we might be able to get a more conservative independent to face off with Mitt Romney should he win the GOP nomination.
Let’s say a well known conservative, with adequate experience who could hold their own against Obama without Romney in the race were to jump in. How much support would they have to gain before you would support them?
Again, I’m completely against it, but it’s kind of a fantasy of mine to hold the GOP establishment accountable.