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I was trolling the net for research for a neat story about what the right-wing third party candidates would do in 2012 so as to make sure they do not inadvertently help President Obama get re-elected (If I were a candidate for the Constitution Party nod in 2012, I would make sure I only campaigned in states hopefully red or hopelessly blue!) since that would be a disaster.

I know the Constitution and Libertarian parties must run a candidate to make sure they have ballot access for future elections but they must not allow Obama to be reelected.  They cannot win the election but could impact the race like Ralph Nader did in 2000. Take Bill Press’ word for it:

Final lesson: Ralph Nader was the real spoiler in this election. As I write, the unofficial vote totals in Florida are: for Bush — 2,909,136; for Gore — 2,907,351; for Nader — 96,698.

Simple arithmetic says it all. Assuming that most of Nader’s votes came from Gore — a safe assumption if there ever was one — without Nader in the race, Gore would be the clear winner in Florida and the next president of the United States.

We cannot let something like that happen in 2012!

But while trolling I found this delicious tidbit at the Constitution Party website:

The Friday night banquet speaker will be the Hon. Virgil Goode, who represented the 5th District of Virginia in the US House of Representatives from 1997 to 2009. Goode is considered to be the frontrunner for the Constitution Party Presidential nomination, though he has not yet made an official announcement of this candidacy. The Constitution Party National Committee is formally on record as urging him to seek the nomination. (emphasis added!)

Wow!  I need confirmation on this:  Here it is:  The National Committee of the Constitution Party unanimously asked former Congressman Goode to run for its nomination!  Here is one place:

The National Committee of the Constitution Party, meeting in Harrisburg, PA, has, by unanimous resolution, adopted on April 30, 2011, put itself on record urging former Virginia Congressman, Virgil Goode, to seek the Presidential nomination of the Constitution Party!

Immediately upon conclusion of Virgil Goode’s speech; one in which he extolled the virtues of protecting America’s national sovereignty, condemned foreign aid and demanded the the United States start taking care of America’s problem first instead of meddling in the affairs of the rest of the world, providing a rousing climax to the 2011 Spring National Committee of the Constitution Party; a motion from the floor was made, urging Goode to seek the Constitution Party’s Presidential nomination. Th motion was quickly seconded and was passed unanimously by the party’s national committee.

While that is a great platform (if I had to run as a third party for President or anything else, I’d seek the Constitution Party’s nomination) I already know of a great candidate with that platform that has a chance to win:  Ron Paul!

Goode is a member of the CP already so it is possible.  (I actually thought either Pastor Chuck Baldwin or former Colorado Congressman Tom Tancredo would be the CP frontrunner for 2012 and Tancredo would be without question its candidate if he had won the governorship there.)

My advice is this:  Stay out of any state (I am afraid that means the Old Dominion, too!) that might be a swing state.  Don’t worry, there are I am afraid about 40 states that are pretty much decided right now – either blue or red.  (I count these as swing states:  New Mexico, Ohio, Colorado,  Indiana, Virginia, Iowa, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Nevada.  Others might add North Carolina, Michigan and maybe Minnesota.)

About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)


  1. Tom White says:

    Virgil is an interesting character. Love his accent, whatever it is! Middle English?

    A Democrat who was a strong proponent of the ERA, but supported tobacco, voted to impeach Clinton, threatened to turn Republican as a Va Senator, ran against Chuck Robb as a Democrat, and managed to alienate a lot of people in both parties.

    I think Virgil will be a good fit in the CP. But outside of Virginia, his accent and pinball political history will leave voters confused and, perhaps, amused.

    Ross Perot had an impact as a third party candidate. He garnered a good bit of support. I really don't see Virgil being taken seriously by anyone who is not already a CP member. Surely he would not be a spoiler as he potentially would attract voters from both candidates.

    Still, he gives a good speech and is a most interesting person!

  2. Sandy Sanders says:

    I am amazed he supported the ERA. But it was a great story.



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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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