Trump may run as a Third Party Candidate and help Obama win Reelection

Posted by PITHOCRATES - December 24th, 2011

Week in Review

Trump is thinking about running as a third party candidate in 2012.  Again (see Trump switches voter registration to ‘independent’ by MAGGIE HABERMAN posted 12/23/2011 on Politico).

Donald Trump, who recently pulled out of moderating a Newsmax-sponsored GOP debate that only Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum would commit to, has switched his voter registration to “independent,” a source confirms…

Trump has not been a lifelong Republican, and in some ways his move mirrors the path that Mike Bloomberg took — Democrat to Republican to independent.

It is not uncommon for someone to be a Democrat in college and change to Republican after starting a career and family.  Responsibilities in life will do that to you.  And it’s not uncommon for a grownup to change either.  Ronald Reagan did.  Who was a Democrat in Hollywood because most actors were.  But experience made him conservative.  And he became a Republican.

But to switch from Democrat to Republican to Independent is a bit strange.  To go from ‘I think the answer to all our problems is more government in our lives’ to ‘government isn’t the answer to our problems; government is the problem’ to ‘I really don’t have an opinion on the size of government’ doesn’t say much for your core philosophical beliefs.  It says instead I’m trying to be who I think people will vote for.

Trump may run as a third party candidate.  For he doesn’t believe the current field of Republicans can defeat Obama.  Of course, splitting the anti-Obama vote won’t help matters.  And if he runs as an Independent that’s exactly what he will do.  Because a vote for a third party candidate is a vote for the opposition.  At least, based on history.

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