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There’s a lot of talk about Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, and how he’ll have to be talked into supporting Donald Trump. A lot of people are rushing to his side. And then, next week, when the two meet, the charade will be over, Ryan will say he is now convinced that he can work with Trump, and the two of them will be the Second Coming of Ronald Reagan. Or not.

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An alternative reality might be forming. For months now, since it has been clear that Donald Trump would likely sew up the nomination, there has been talk of running a third-party candidate—who is a “real Republican.” Shades of 1912, when former Republican President Teddy Roosevelt ran third-party against incumbent Republican President Howard Taft–because he didn’t think Taft was liberal enough.

Of course, that was 1912. In 2016, it would be because Donald J. Trump may not be conservative enough, according to Newsmax.

A third-party candidate – even an unsuccessful one – could at least prevent Donald Trump from being the only face of conservatism for the next six months, says Weekly Standard Editor Bill Kristol. . .

Trump’s brash personality and insults to people will end up being at least one face of conservatism at least until the general election, Kristol said, but an alternative – even if he or she goes down in defeat – could provide an alternative narrative of conservatism. . .

If no one emerges as a third-party candidate, Kristol said he’ll likely just write someone in.

Kristol is not alone, according to HotAir. There’s also Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse.

“The people deserve better than these two terrible choices,” [Sasse] tweeted last night. But why? The people nominated these two dial-tones (or will soon, in Hillary’s case). If the majority of Republicans who didn’t vote for Trump thought they deserved better, they would have coalesced behind Cruz or someone else earlier in the process. . .

Sasse hinted (but didn’t flatly state) that he’s not the guy to lead a party like that this year, in case you think that’s his angle in trumpeting an independent candidacy. He mentioned Tom Coburn’s name, but Coburn told an Oklahoma paper last week that he planned to stay quiet about Trump and didn’t think a third party was possible.

Why doesn’t Coburn “think a third party was possible”? Probably the same reason we noted elsewhere that, for all his bravado, it was unlikely that a scorned Trump could have actually run third-party. It’s too expensive. And without the support and organization of an established party, too difficult.

What if there were an established party that was already organized and ready to run? There is: The Libertarian Party. Ron Paul ran as a Libertarian in 1988, before he tried to run as a Republican, in 2008 and 2012. But would any Republican switch parties? Some already have, according to Newser.

One of the staunchest longtime Republicans, known for her party strategizing and punditry, has switched teams, the New York Times reports. Mary Matalin turned in her Republican registration for a Libertarian one, she announced Thursday. . .

For her, the Libertarian Party “continues to represent those constitutional principles that I agree with.” Matalin. . .served as the campaign director for Bush No. 41 and as an assistant to Bush No. 43.

The Libertarian Party will be on the ballot in all 50 states. And they have candidates, too, according to the Blaze.

The Libertarian Party is America’s largest third party. There are already three frontrunners. Gary Johnson, John McAfee, and Austin Petersen who would all be excellent candidates.

Yes. . .the Libertarian Party revere the Constitution. Libertarians believe in all of the Constitution, including the First and Fourth Amendment, which Trump has openly said he would violate, such as loosening libel laws and bringing back mass surveillance. The party respects the separations of powers and checks and balances.

And libertarians are fiscally conservative. The biggest worry is the national debt and several candidates have plans to balance the budget and reverse the trend of overspending. . .

A major and energized third party is possible. But both the Libertarian Party and the conservatives fleeing need to build a coalition, otherwise you’ll be saying hi to President Trump or President Hillary Clinton for the next four years.

There is a need for the third party in order to break the stalemate of stupidity of the last decade.

In any other year, running on a third-party ticket would be somewhere between silly and political suicide. But. . .this is 2016. . .

12 COMMENTS

  1. If someone or some group begin a third party effort they better have plenty of money and organization and with November only six months away I am doubtful of success. I am not particularly happy with either nominee…..but I would not vote for “Madame” Clinton if my life depended on it. What amazes me is the fact that Trump and Clinton are our only choices, albeit a third party attempt. There were originally 17 candidates for the GOP nomination and of course we had Hillary Clinton as the “heir apparent” in the “democrat/marxist” side. God help us!

    • You don’t know nothing about our two terms senator! health coverage for more 20 million kids & how much she’s done to our state after sep11, how much she achieved for women stating since she was young smart lawyer even abroad! Go & ask some Chinese women organizations! And …ect! All you know about her is what Bernie had copied from Republicans as false allegations because they’re very insecure little men desperate threatened by very brilliant powerful women as secretary Clinton!
      Thank God the majority of Americans aren’t naive no brain washed, that’s why Hillary has more than 3 million votes more than all candidates including Bernie who’s only using Democratic Party by helping Trump!

      • Um, Clinton would be the downfall of America. The first woman president good god help us. If she wins which is very unlikely would that make Bill the first man haha

        • That shows how much we’re still behind the way still think of women! It shouldn’t be about gender, it’s all about competence and achievement!
          And Secretary Clinton among all 2016 candidates is the most competent and qualified to be president of the United States of America!?

          • Clinton would be the CEO of the Amercian Government… Nothing more.
            4 the People? Take a closer look on her career as a politition, take a closer look on her achievments, on her doners. You might be surprised.
            Clinton for Devil!

  2. This is fine… And the end of the Republican Party is at hand.. The Truly Conservative Party will Now lead.
    If the Republicans believe they can get away with this, they have another thing coming.
    They gave us 2 of the worst Presidential Candidates, merely because they claimed they could win.
    Guess what Both lost.

    And yet when the People decide, they do not like it and want to prevent the PEOPLE’S choice from running a fair attempt without their interference.

    So as far as I am concerned it is the End of the Republican Party in Favor of the People’s Conservative Party.

  3. Good all the candidates have something bad about them weather it’s their plan or their activities

    • You’re describing the Libertarian Party. Most Libertarians are for individual rights, including gay rights.

  4. If a 3rd Party was to be successful, they would need to start campaigning with a leader four years in advance and need someone like Koch Industries supporting and keep the party in the forefront. Not unlike the TeaParty six years ago. Actually several of us were discussing this possibility 3 yrs ago on the “Election Central” blog website.

    For this election it still will be a binary vote type election. A vote for Trump or any other vote or stay at home turns out to be a vote for Clinton. As any other candidate will take conservative votes away from Trump not Liberal votes from Clinton. SOooo Conservatives better hope Killary is indicted and that may not even be enough.

    The Conservative elites (Ryan, Bushes, Romney, etc.) are eunuchs and never truly the Democrats in this administration. Trump voiced what a great, great many of Conservatives think and thus his popularity. GOP elite are worried about their status and the Main stream Media (MSM) and are willing to sacrifice the party, election, and quite possibly our soviegntry because they believe they know better than the people they serve.

  5. Please! The Libertarian Party is not “GOP LITE”!
    While there are points of agreement on fiscal issues, but there is a WIDE and DEEP divergence on Social Issues!
    This entire conversation is frankly, offensive. The disregard for the progressive social views of libertarians is so typical of the GOP.
    If you learn nothing else from Trump’s ascendency, for God’s sake, LEARN TO LISTEN.
    Libertarians Are Neither Republicans, nor are they Conservative.

    • Libertarians are also against foreign adventures.

      In this case, the Libertarians are more like the Democrats in social matters, more like the Republicans in fiscal responsibility, and more like Trump than Hillary regarding foreign empire building.

      But for Republicans who don’t want to beat up on other countries or peek into your bedroom, Libertarian is the way to go.

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