An article on Salon.com is reporting that a “powerful group of conservative Christian leaders decided Saturday at a private meeting in Salt Lake City to consider supporting a third-party candidate for president if a pro-choice nominee like Rudy Giuliani wins the Republican nomination.”

The leaders of this brilliant strategy seem to have forgotten the fact that historically, third-party candidates have done little more than guarantee a win for the opposition. Many point to the campaign of Ross Perot as the reason Bill Clinton was able to defeat George H.W. Bush in 1992. Many felt that the presence of Ralph Nader on the ballot in Florida cost Al Gore the 2000 presidential election.

But of course, it seems the conservative Christian right appears to be considering biting off their own nose to spite their face.

What’s that I hear? Oh, that would be the Democratic candidates, laughing and high-fiving each other.

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