The following was written by Robert Milnes, and is reproduced with permission of the author.
Several months ago I said that the most important development in Third Party politics in 2008 has been the Cato Institute study The Libertarian Vote. It was spectacularly verified by the Ron Paul campaign. There is a glass ceiling of the libertarian vote of 13%; 20% if you include the crossover vote as in the ongoing Gallup Governance Survey. Hence Ron Paul did not win a single primary. Winning the republican nomination by a libertarian is all but impossible. Further, under the American system an all libertarian ticket cannot win either. Multiple third party endorsements of a ticket have been tried unsuccessfully also. http://www.rangevoting.org/Fusion.html However what has not been tried is a ticket comprised of two persons of different parties or inconsistent political philosophies. A Progressive Alliance ticket consisting of a libertarian and a green, man and woman could possible add their inclusive vote, estimated at 40%, instead of splitting it. That combined with the Libertarian Party’s reknown ability to get onto 100% or nearly of ballots, could actually win. However winning the White House would be problematic if such a progressive administration has a democratic and republican Congress. Therefore a complete Progressive Alliance Strategy would be to coordinate the downticket vote by encouraging only one Libertarian OR Green on Every ballot. That should get many such ballots elected. Hence it is up to the Libertarian Party to recognize its limitations in an all libertarian ticket and potential to win by installing such a fusion ticket.