Thanks for those insights. I hadn't realized the degree to which Nader and his supporters were persecuted by the establishment, although it doesn't surprise me. So basically, a third-party attempt at this point would have way more downsides than up. And yet Dr. Paul may endorse some other third-party candidate like he did last time. So I guess he sees some value in having that option despite the downsides?
I guess maybe I've been thinking too much along the lines of:
- If we have the time we can gradually transform the GOP
- If there isn't time for that, what else is worth doing/trying no matter how desperate?
Maybe there simply isn't anything else worth an attempt in terms of party politics, no matter what the circumstance
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