On Satruday former Louisiana Governor Buddy Roemer made an announcement that probably a lot of reform-minded voters were waiting for. Roemer promised not to be a spoiler in the 2012 presidential contest.
Some progressives have worried aloud that a reformer running for President might take votes away from President Obama. More realistically, since Roemer is a Republican, he would more likely draw from Romney's base and help re-elect the President.
Whichever the case, Roemer has now put those fears to rest. In a letter to supporters Roemer stated, "If, during the last month of the campaign I discover I have no realistic chance of winning, I will ask my supporters to vote their conscience or for their second choice so the issue of spoiler can be dropped once and for all."
Roemer debating alongside Obama and Romney would be invaluable to the cause of reform. Roemer is currently polling at 7%. To get into the presidential debates he must achieve a threshold of 15%, a goal that seems achievable.
But for Roemer to have that opportunity he first must win the nomination on the Americans Elect ticket, which would put him on the ballot in all fifty states. Time is running short. To have a chance of being the Americans nominee, he must get 10,000 votes of support on the Americans Elect web site.
We don't endorse candidates, but if you think it's important to have a reformer's voice in the presidential debates, then go to Americans Elect, click on Roemer's picture, then click on "show your support," which will lead you through the process of qualifying to vote at Americans Elect. Unfortunately, the process is a somewhat complicated and involved. The security measures are probably depressing participation. Like the fight for reform itself, one must be persistent.
As can be seen from Roemerâs history, he would never drop out, because he loves the chance to pontificate and have people listen to him. He has no aptitude for performing in public office, but loves to campaign and bask in the adoration of his supporters. He does not care whether he wins or loses; he just enjoys the action of the campaign.
Roemer now claims that he is polling nationally at 7%. Actually there was only one single poll done by a small privately hired firm and the only choices given to the few people called were Roemer, Obama, and Romney. It is obvious that Roemer paid for that poll and it is not reliable. Even with no other third-party choices, only 7% would choose Roemer. That is pathetically small. That poll is not something for Roemer to brag about.
Roemer claims that if he is on the ballot against Obama and Romney, he will receive some votes from both major parties, Democrat and Republican, and will receive the independent voters, giving him 41% of the electorate, which will win the election, because Obama and Romney will divide up the rest, each in the 20% -30% range. So for him to receive only 7% in this set-up poll shows that his BIG STRATEGY is a fantasy. Actually, with other independents in the race, such as Libertarian, Green Party, etc., Roemerâs 7% would almost disappear.
Roemer falsely states that he would give up the campaign âif [he] has no realistic chance of winning.â He never has had any realistic chance of winning! His own poll, maximizing his count at only 7% with Roemer as the only third-party choice, confirms he never will have a realistic chance of winning. No third party candidate has ever won, not even the very popular Teddy Roosevelt. It is apparent now that Roemer has no realistic chance to be the first third-party candidate in history to win the presidency. Yet he still refuses to give up â (because he enjoys running more than winning).
Roemer does not even have a realistic chance of qualifying for the AE nomination, according to its rules for the minimum supporters. Yet he still refuses to acknowledge the truth and even fabricates a false state of the voting. He says he needs only 10,000 support votes at AE and that he already has over 5000. The truth is that he has over 5000 total supporters from all 50 states but only about one-half of those are from the 10 states with the highest votesâ the 10 states from which he must receive 1000 votes each in order to qualify. His voting has consistently been about that ratio: one-half in those 10 states. So he is not half-way to qualifying; he is only one-fourth of the way and he would need 15,000 votes per day for the final day to qualify. He has been receiving only 30 â 100 votes per day, with a few exceptions up to a high of 200 votes in one day. It is impossible for him to receive 15,000 votes per day. So why does he not quit now?