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The GOP and the Looming Third Party Threat

by Javier Manjarres

After another embarrassing defeat administered to Republicans by President Obama and the Democrat party, some notable politicos including Herman Cain are calling for a third party to rise up in the ashes of defeat.  While I admire Herman’s courage for speaking his mind and speaking for many other Americans who feel the same way- disenfranchised by both of the major political parties- this is not the path that Americans must take.

The ailing Republican party can barely consider itself “serviceable” and many will more will soon leave the party to become ‘Independents’ as the Party’s irrelevancy becomes harder to ignore and its inability to articulate a coherent message does not change.  But a third party is not the answer- there are plenty of  strong conservative Republicans out there who are willing and able to bring back the GOP from the brink of obsolescence, but first we must take a long hard look at the direction in which the GOP brand must now go.

A third party will only guarantee future election year wins for Democrats, who regardless of their perpetual in-fighting always find the way to join together during election time and support one another and their issues/causes.  The problem for the GOP is that there isn’t enough intra-party cohesiveness that enables all of  the factions within the Party to coelesce together.

Now, my Libertarian friends will continue to make the case that their party is the alternative to the GOP, but they are not. While Libertarians are an important group of engaged Americans, they seem more preoccupied with winning debates at their own meetings than they are about actually wielding political power.  If you want to make the Republican Party more libertarian, more conservative, the time is now.

The voting bloc that both parties still covet is the Hispanic vote, and unfortunately, Democrats solidifying their gains with them in 2012.  But while the Democrats were able to win non Cuban Hispanics 2-1 here in Florida, they failed to identify with Hispanics core beliefs and only rely on fear-mongering tactics that claim Republicans want to deport them back to their countries of origin.

Predictably, Republicans rolled over and let Democrats trounce them by not countering overtly false negative messaging, but the truth still remains that GOP messaging to Hispanics is weak at best, and the Republican Hispanic outreach was an utter failure.

The Republican party needs to do some serious soul searching if it seeks to avoid permanently losing Hispanics.  The GOP needs to identify itself as the supporters and guardians of Hispanics’ deeply held core convictions and then tailor the appropriate messaging that truly resonates with their instinctive conservative values and principles.

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Javier Manjarres
Javier Manjarres

As the managing editor of The Shark Tank, Javier was awarded the 2011 CPAC Blogger of the Year. Countless videos and articles from the Shark Tank have been featured on Fox News, The Hill, Wall Street Journal, and other national news publications. Javier has also appeared on Univision’s “Al Punto” and numerous radio shows, including being the weekly 92.5 Fox News' DayBreak with Drew Steele political contributor, as well as one of NewsmaxTV's conservative commentators. Javier has also authored "BROWN PEOPLE," which is a book about Hispanic Politics. Learn more at

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  • REC member

    Did the GOP lose by throwing Ron Paul voters under the bus? 117,100 was the number of Ron Paul voters in Florida who were aware of Romney thuggery during the bought GOP primary. 46,309 protested by voting for Gary Johnson. Now the hated Obama wins again. Look in the mirror. You attacked Ron Paul people personally. Own it.

    • Ed Wallis

      Your overblown notion of importance of today’s libertarians is a hallmark of the current crop. That you seem “proud” of having helped to re-elect Obama – by not voting for the only man who could have defeated him – shows just what narrow-minded, short-sighted thinking your folls have. You thereby only put your ideological “purity” over Country. DON’T *EVER* COME CRYING TO ME ABOUT LOSING YOUR LIBERITES AGAIN.

      • REC member

        No one is “proud” you idiot. As a typical hack, you are the one that is short-sighted. Expand the big tent, you racist, hateful xenophobe.
        I voted for Romney, gave money and volunteered. What did you do? Whiner.

  • JoeG

    Hi, I read your article and noted that you seem to have completely missed the point of an idea many outside of the US have seen as obvious for at least two of the last elections.

    The basic fact is that the Republican Party is seen as a party with a capital ‘I’ in it, whereas the Democrats seem to have a ‘we’ in there somewhere, even though it isn’t.

    The Republicans are seen elsewhere, even by ‘conservative’ viewpoints as extreme, maybe not in actions, but in their ranks at the least.

    There is already a splinter Party, the Tea Party, but form outside the US it is not really clear what that is all about, a Party within a Party, or a faction within a Party, and a Loud, Wealthy opinionated (this means with an opinion nothing more), group.

    The fact that the Tea people, seem to use the Republicans as a shield, and hide behind it, when their viewpoint is questioned, is rather weak, they draw the response to be ‘anti american, where as it is merely a retort, grounded or not.

    The Answer; Surely the Tea Party should stand on its own two feet, grasp the nettle, and run as an separate Party, only that way can their views be truly tested with the popular vote ?
    I do not agree with the politics put forward, but in a democracy, a clear viewpoint for the voter is better than one trying to break out of another, with all the internal divides it leads to, questioning both ‘sides’ ideals is not the way to clarity.

  • Adrian Wyllie

    I’ve noticed mantra of “the Libertarian Party is not the solution” by GOP loyalists seems to have taken on very desperate, pleading tone. The GOP is dying a slow death from their own self-inflicted wounds, and the Libertarian Party is rapidly gaining ground due to our strict adherence to the Constitution and our Founders’ original intent.

    • Ed Wallis

      The Libertarian Party – not to be confused with some rational heads in the Cato Institute – are by far simply young kids clinging along for a “FREE THE WEED!” Party. Ron Paul’s National Security “policy” [sic] is ideologically pure…and tantamount to suicide.

      • REC member

        Ed you are such a whiner. This isn’t the 1950’s and the Bible is not the law of the land, theocrat. Go enlist if you want to bomb Iran. Stupid cowardly chickenhawks. Others have to do their fighting and dying for them.

  • Ed Wallis

    1) The GOP gets taken over within the next 2 years by “Tea Party” sorts to run a REAL candidate in 2016, or
    2) A third Party MUST be set up to take over where the GOP has *repeatedly refused* to learn its lesson.
    As option 1 is not realistic – not even in my lifetime, much less 2 years, I opt for a THIRD PARTY.
    NO MORE “Waaah! WAAAAHHHH! Wait and give us another chaaaance!” CR*P.

    • REC member

      Ed. Just stop. Jeb Bush 2016 is your only hope. Fall in line now and do what you are told.