A brief question: Why do so many writers tell us that Ross Perot siphoned votes away from Bush and only
Bush? In 1992, Perot ran to the left of Clinton on certain issues, especially free trade.
Another question: Could anyone play a similar role today? I think the populace would be much more receptive to a maverick now. Unfortunately, the only name that comes to mind is Steve Forbes, who has been cozying up to the tea partiers. I doubt that he would run outside of the Republican infrastructure.
Is there someone who can "pull a Perot" who is neither a religious kook nor a libertarian fundamentalist?
I just had a wild, wild thought: Jesse Ventura. No way he could win, of course. Perhaps, though, he could have a small (yet decisive) impact on the final outcome -- if he were properly funded. In an Obama-vs-Romney battle, Ventura would draw most of his votes away from Obama. But in an Obama-vs-Bachmann
Hm. That's a thinker.