I’m not certain, but it seems only a man with gratuitous arrogance would run as a third party candidate, knowing well that his candidacy will aid in the victory of his enemy. I say that I’m not certain only because the other possibility is that he truly believes in his own candidacy. Either way, one who runs as a third party candidate often ruins the race for the better man.
Every election cycle, when the inevitably RINOish Republican candidate is nominated, there is talk of third party candidacies. I understand the desire to run as a third party, seeing as our nominees tend to be less than stellar options, but in every case, the third candidate in the race peels votes away from the Republican nominee, thus costing him the election. This behavior doesn’t occur often in national races, but in state races, it’s becoming a bit of a problem.
According to Breitbart:
“A majority of Kansas GOP primary voters did not vote for Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) on Tuesday despite the heavy institutional support he received from Washington’s GOP establishment.
But Roberts held off Tea Party challenger Milton Wolf by seven points (48%-41%) with the help of two obscure candidates who combined to get 11% of the vote. D.J. Smith, who received 6% of the vote, blasted the Obama administration’s illegal immigration policy. And Alvin Zahnter, who received 5% of the vote, ran as a “gun fanatic” and military veteran who highlighted Wolf’s lack of military service.”
Pat Roberts should have lost. Milton Wolfe should have won. Instead, two bozos had the audacity to stay in the race even when they knew they would not win. With the volume of polling prior to elections these days, Smith, and Zahnter had to have known that their candidacies stood zero chance. Given that, why did they choose to continue? These men would surely agree that Milton Wolf was a better candidate than Pat Roberts. Arrogance and stupidity kept the best man from winning.
While I’ll never know their motivations for sure, what I do know is this: the Republican Party is fractured severely. This divide between the establishment and the conservatives has given rise to an every-man-for-himself dynamic, driving too many people to run for office against the establishment. The establishment chooses one man, and they get behind him, while the conservatives choose eight, and splinter the vote. In this lies the main problem with a grassroots movement such as the Tea Party. We have no leader, and we have no consensus.
It is imperative that during elections, we find the best candidate for the job, and get behind him, or her fully. If we continue to splinter the vote, we will continue to lose every time.
I have a fear that in 2016, this will happen on a national scale. We will have a primary in which too many conservative candidates stand in opposition to a few establishment candidates. The conservatives will divide the vote, and the establishment will win the nomination. Even worse than that, once a nominee is in place, a conservative candidate will decide to run as a third party, and the Democrat nominee will win the presidency.
This is my plea: we need to find a conservative candidate early on, form a consensus, and throw all our weight behind him. If we do not, we will be looking at another four years of Alinsky.