Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Third Party Candidates in 2008

Over the Independence Day holiday weekend, I watched a lot of news coverage of the upcoming 2008 Presidential election. Not surprisingly, the coverage was almost all about Obama and McCain. Little mention was made of other candidates who are also running for President.

There are a variety of third party and independent candidates running for the presidency in 2008. Some will appear on most state ballots while some will appear on few or none. Unless the unthinkable happens, they have no chance of even carrying a single state. Ballot access laws, media bias, and a states where the winner takes all of the Electoral College votes (no matter how close the vote was), pretty much assures this. Of course, ideas that lack any popular support may also be a factor for a few candidates...

However, your vote will not determine the election. No single vote will. Whichever candidate you think would make the best President should get your vote, even if they can not win. Voting for a candidate you don't like because they are the best of two bad choices is kind of like wasting your vote. In acknowledgement of this, here is a list of third party candidates which may be on your ballot this fall. Take a look. Then laugh, become a supporter, or just keep one or more of them in mind.

Some candidates:

Ralph Nader ( - Did he or did he not cost Gore the presidency in 2000? He is running again as an Independent.

Bob Barr ( - This is the Libertarian Party candidate. He is getting some coverage because of hopes or fears that he will take votes away from McCain in Alaska and Georgia which could swing those states to Obama.

Chuck Baldwin ( - This is the Constitution Party candidate.

Frank McEnulty ( - This is the New American Independent Party candidate.

Gloria La Riva ( - This is the candidate of the Party for Socialism and Liberation.

Gene Amondson ( - The candidate of the Prohibition Party. Yes, they are still trying to ban alcohol in the USA.

Brian Moore ( - He is the Socialist Party USA and Liberty Union Party nominee.

RĂ³ger Calero ( - The Socialist Workers Party candidate.

The Green Party has yet to decide upon a nominee but will have one before November.

Here are two hoax campaigns:

General Zod ( - The villain from Superman II has a really nice site.

Chrisopher Walken ( -Trust me, this is a hoax...

If you have links to other active presidential campaigns (or hoax campaigns), feel free to add them as a comment.

1 comment:

schiller1979 said...

Andrew Sullivan just posted about the value of a single vote:

The paradox is, of course, that the single vote doesn't matter, but a lot of votes strung together do matter.

I think a good case can be made that Nader cost Gore the 2000 election.

Bob Barr is the highest-profile candidate the Libertarians have put up (although I think his libertarian credentials are suspect). It will be interesting to see how well he does (presumably at McCain's expense).