Ok, here’s my dilemma and my logic for the choices I made. It’s one I had to come to terms with the first time I registered as an Independent, as have other voters. Am I wasting my vote? If I support Mr. AG Lose, am I wasting my vote?
My opinion is no, it would not be a wasted vote, but it could be a costly one.
The success of Third Party Candidates (TPC) can only be measured at the State level. Congrats to them, but it is clearly not working at the Federal level. Nobody to obtain Congressional office could honestly be called Independent in any Moderate sense, and that feeds the Gridlock in DC. Generally, TPC’s have often run in General Elections after a failed attempt to Gain the D or R spot in Primary Elections. In most of those cases, they represent the “cream of the extreme” for both parties.
In a Vanilla vs. Vanilla-Light election cycle, I would support a TPC if I felt it was right, and if they were moderate. The threshold for Federal election dollars and inclusion in National Debates is a fairly low percentage of the overall vote, but seems a Giant Step for us to take.
Why? Because, we haven’t had a Vanilla vs. Vanilla-Light election cycle in forever, have we?
No. We always seem to have Ben & Jerry’s Chocolate Therapy vs. Banana Split. Like today. Dangerous times to stand on one principle over so many others. If a vote cast for an Independent will hand the election to a person with more extreme views, how do we benefit from it?
There may well be another vanilla race, but I suspect somebody with Celebrity will also play a role in furthering the cause of Third Parties.
Right now, I think it better to bet against Romney. It is absolutely in my best interest. I really believe it is in the Countries best interest, but we all have different Masters.