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    I am an independently wealthy Democratic supporter. The party reaches out to me and asks that instead of my full donation, I take a small part of it to establish a third-party tea party candidate. The Democratic Party has identified Joe Patriot as a viable candidate. I reach out to Joe Patriot individually and express the need for the tea party to have a voice in whatever election and that I am willing to provide some money to help him run.

    Or something like that. The tea party cannot stop a third-party individual from running. They can try to tell their voters not to vote for him but come election day, I would guess a lot of low information tea party voters would put a check mark by his name just from the brand recognition alone.

    And really, look at the numbers. The tea party wants a candidate of their own. He or she would get votes no matter how much consternation there may be from conservatives. The only reason this hasn't happened yet is because conservatives have likely blocked the effort. I think we should unblock it.

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