The Republican party John Podhoretz supports has no place for traditional conservatives like Ron Paul. Which is why he believes that Paul will become a potential Nader in 2008 - draining votes from Democrats, not Republicans. I'm not so sure - although I really have no idea at this point. What's interesting about Paul is that he has drawn from both parties. I doubt a pro-life character who loathes the entitlement state will find a warm home among Rangel-Pelosi Democrats. But equally, I don't see how a man who thinks our reflexive foreign policy posture should be non-interventionism can easily find a place in the pro-torture, pro-war, pro-occupation GOP elite. A lot, I'd bet, will depend on who the actual candidates are next spring. A Clinton-Giuliani race - which is what the Beltway wants - could drive a lot of people into a third party posture. Under those circumstances, why not revive a libertarian brand, drawing from the remnants of big government right and left? Ross thinks it's feasible. Steven Stark thinks any third party candidate will hurt the incumbent, and this time that means the GOP. Whatever the dynamics, a lot of us - who feel like refugees from both parties - could come on board if a viable small government, anti-Iraq war option becomes available.
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