A good argument for how moderates and independents should (grudgingly) vote...

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    Nov 01, 2012 4:54 PM GMT
    This basically sums up my thinking... (what I'd give for a John Huntsman type candidate...)

    http://www.economist.com/news/leaders/21565623-america-could-do-better-barack-obama-sadly-mitt-romney-does-not-fit-bill-which-one

    BTW, if you are a wack-job ideologue, please keep your stupid bickering to every other thread in the Politics section and stay out of mine...

    However, if you want to have a civil discussion on the points made by The Economist... Welcome icon_biggrin.gif
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    Nov 01, 2012 5:19 PM GMT
    Great article!

    I am voting third-party this year and proud of it. We desperately need a moderate third-party that can wrest control from the donkeys and elephants.
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    Nov 01, 2012 5:25 PM GMT
    Boudreaux saidGreat article!

    I am voting third-party this year and proud of it. We desperately need a moderate third-party that can wrest control from the donkeys and elephants.


    I seriously considered that too... but I just can't get over that "wasted vote" feeling... totally illogical, I know.

    I really wish there were more independents/third party candidates running at the Congressional level... I think that could make a bigger impact on Washington.
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    Nov 01, 2012 6:01 PM GMT
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    Boudreaux saidGreat article!

    I am voting third-party this year and proud of it. We desperately need a moderate third-party that can wrest control from the donkeys and elephants.


    I seriously considered that too... but I just can get over that "wasted vote" feeling... totally illogical, I know.

    I really wish there were more independents/third party candidates running at the Congressional level... I think that could make a bigger impact on Washington.


    I totally understand your feelings. Both parties like to make progressive, centrist voters like us feel bad for voting third-party.

    I truly do admire countries that have active third-party candidates in office or parliament. Third parties bring that much needed extra element to elections to shake things up or at least give more individuals a voice.
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    Nov 01, 2012 6:18 PM GMT
    Boudreaux said
    sctsm said
    Boudreaux saidGreat article!

    I am voting third-party this year and proud of it. We desperately need a moderate third-party that can wrest control from the donkeys and elephants.


    I seriously considered that too... but I just can get over that "wasted vote" feeling... totally illogical, I know.

    I really wish there were more independents/third party candidates running at the Congressional level... I think that could make a bigger impact on Washington.


    I totally understand your feelings. Both parties like to make progressive, centrist voters like us feel bad for voting third-party.

    I truly do admire countries that have active third-party candidates in office or parliament. Third parties bring that much needed extra element to elections to shake things up or at least give more individuals a voice.


    when you say Centrist, do you mean socially liberal , fiscally conservative?
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    Nov 01, 2012 6:29 PM GMT
    @musclemed:

    That is how I usually define it. I also interpret it to mean someone who is more flexible in their thinking about issues and policies and someone who is willing to see things from both sides without being overly argumentative or self-righteous.
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    Nov 01, 2012 6:39 PM GMT
    Already voted: Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party.

    http://reason.com/archives/2012/10/30/the-libertarian-case-for-gary-johnson

    And no, it's not a wasted vote since it will help bring about a viable third party!.
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    Nov 01, 2012 6:41 PM GMT
    musclmed said

    when you say Centrist, do you mean socially liberal , fiscally conservative?


    That's the broad definition of a Libertarian.icon_cool.gificon_lol.gif
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    Nov 01, 2012 6:46 PM GMT
    StudlyScrewRite said Already voted: Gary Johnson, Libertarian Party.

    http://reason.com/archives/2012/10/30/the-libertarian-case-for-gary-johnson

    And no, it's not a wasted vote since it will help bring about a viable third party!.


    A vote for a third-party, save the ultra conservative Constitution Party, is NOT a wasted vote. It will be a great day when a good third-party has an equal share of power in this country.
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    Nov 01, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    musclmed said
    Boudreaux said
    sctsm said
    Boudreaux saidGreat article!

    I am voting third-party this year and proud of it. We desperately need a moderate third-party that can wrest control from the donkeys and elephants.


    I seriously considered that too... but I just can get over that "wasted vote" feeling... totally illogical, I know.

    I really wish there were more independents/third party candidates running at the Congressional level... I think that could make a bigger impact on Washington.


    I totally understand your feelings. Both parties like to make progressive, centrist voters like us feel bad for voting third-party.

    I truly do admire countries that have active third-party candidates in office or parliament. Third parties bring that much needed extra element to elections to shake things up or at least give more individuals a voice.


    when you say Centrist, do you mean socially liberal , fiscally conservative?


    That's one way to define it. However, probably the more common type of centrists in this country would be moderates... Both socially and fiscally...