Writer for Orange County Register Switches Parties

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Steven Greenhut is a senior editorial writer and columnist for the Orange County (California) Register. On May 2, he announced in his column that after 25 years, he is leaving the Republican Party. In his May 6 column, he said that he will retain his Republican registration long enough to vote for Ron Paul in the February 2008 presidential primary, and then he expects to re-register into the Libertarian Party.

23 Responses to “Writer for Orange County Register Switches Parties”

  1. George Whitfield Says:

    I am very glad to have Mr. Greenhut join the Libertarian Party. I think he will be one of many thousand who will follow. We Libertarians are somewhat cantankerous but we do love liberty. I believe our motivation outweighs our personalities.

  2. Bill Wood Says:

    If Mr. Greenhut should visit TPW I ‘d like to say Welcome aboard!

  3. Daniel Says:

    I am a little confused. Why would a Conservative join the Libertarian Party? why not Constitution?

  4. Citizens For A Better Veterans Home[s] Says:

    We consider the Constitution Party as our Nominal veterans abuse allies!

    However, they are extremely narrow and some what dishonest!

    They are not the @#&$%# Democans and or Republicrats, but they are also not the Constitution Party either! They are the Anti Abortion, Anti Gay Rights, and Let’s bring Religion directly into Public Administration Party!

  5. Andy Says:

    “Daniel Says:

    May 7th, 2007 at 9:29 am
    I am a little confused. Why would a Conservative join the Libertarian Party? why not Constitution?”

    Maybe he’s not really a conservative anymore.

  6. Yosemite1967 Says:


    Good question, especially since the CP is now bigger than the LP and growing, while the LP is smaller and shrinking.

  7. Bill Wood Says:

    Here is the numbers of registered Libertarians in FL. Hmmm, looks like the LP is growing there.

    Registration History in Florida at the close of the books for the General elections: 1994 = 3,585, 1996 = 5,509, 1998 = 7,037, 2000 = 9,462, 2002 = 11,852, 2004 = 13, 806, 2006 = 15,533.

  8. Cody Quirk Says:

    “They are the Anti Abortion, Anti Gay Rights, and Let’s bring Religion directly into Public Administration Party!”

    =This coming from a man that parades a dead horse (Reform Party).

    As a veteran, you sure have flunked 3rd grade one too many times.

  9. Bill Wood Says:

    Interesting, it seems we are always playing the “who has the larger…” game. A lot has to do with how do you measure. Number of States with ballot access, the number of votes the Party receives, the number of Candidates, the amount of money raised, the number of Party Members elected to Office or number of registered voters in the handful of States that have voter registration. It seems the LP still is number one in all but the last one and according to some experts this is due to confusion to the voters of Cal. However, if the CP does get a few more hard chargers like I’ve seen posting here the CP just might over take the LP . I wish those folks were in the LP.

  10. Cody Quirk Says:

    “I wish those folks were in the LP.”

    =As long as the LP is pro open-borders, anti=protectionist & favoring trade with China, being pro-choice and pro-gay rights…


  11. Jason Gatties Says:

    Unlike the CP, the LP is pro rights for all people. Even if the CP is growing, I like my home with people who have tolerance.

  12. SovereignMN Says:

    Generally speaking I have much more in common with an Libertarian than a Republican. So I do wish them luck.

    I think Jesse Ventura summed it up best. When Bill O’Reilly called him a libertarian he said “I’m not a libertarian, Bill. I thought I was until I realized that libertarians are anarchists.”

    Why does it seem that so many libertarian discussions on-line end up resorting to the right to be nude in public?

  13. Trent Hill Says:

    Jason Gatties,

    The CP has tolerance for all people. I know two members of the CP who are openly gay. Paul Venable and Ricardo Davis (state chairs) are black. Jerome Corsi and Alan Keyes are catholic. Howard Phillips is jewish (by heritage).

    However, if you means SPECIAL rights for homosexuals/whites/blacks/immigrants/women then you are right…we don’t tolerate special rights. We believe everyone has the SAME rights. There are no gay-rights. No women’s-rights. Just rights. And everyone can be gauranteed ALL of them.

    As for the LP vs. CP thing. Doesn’t matter. You’re fighting over peas.
    The fact is, the LP is hermorraging over the open-borders and pro-choice issues. The CP is growing like never before.
    Will one surpass the other? Who cares! We don’t need to be fighting over the 500,000 people of both parties. We need to be fighting over the other 275 million out there.

  14. Cody Quirk Says:

    Hear hear Trent!

    Uhhmm, who in the CP is gay?

    You can privately email me if you want to.

  15. Trent Hill Says:

    Hah. I’d rather not say. It isn’t a leader or anything. Just a guy (actually, two guys) who contacted me through facebook (a college social activity website. Much like myspace, only more sophisticated) and asked if we tolerated gays. I told him to read the platform,and pay special attention to the part about Aids and Gay Marriage. He found no problem with it…

  16. Eric Dondero Says:

    What a joke. Greenhut has been a Republican hater for years. Any claim from him that he’s a Republican is just absurd.

  17. Trent Hill Says:

    Alan Keyes is a republican hater too.
    So is Ron Paul.

    So I suppose he is in good company Dondero.

  18. Andy Says:

    “Eric Dondero Says:

    May 8th, 2007 at 12:47 am
    What a joke. Greenhut has been a Republican hater for years. Any claim from him that he’s a Republican is just absurd.”

    He says Republican hater as if that is a bad thing. LOL!

  19. Jason Gatties Says:

    Well if the CP is tolerant of gays, apparently Cody isn’t. Just going by what the man wrote above.

  20. Trent Hill Says:

    What? Asking who was gay?

    ...why is that bad?

  21. SovereignMN Says:

    Let’s be honest. Gays aren’t going to be attracted to the CP and most CPers view homosexual behavior as a perversion. There are always a few exceptions to this rule just like there are a few pro-life Democrats and a few Republicans who have actually read the constitution. ;-)

  22. Trent Hill Says:

    Exactly. But it doesnt mean im anti-homo. I have homosexual friends, and they know about my thoughts of homosexuality. But instead of taslking about it all day…we watch Comedy Central.

  23. Cody Quirk Says:


    I could give a damn whether we have gay people in the party. I have a lesbian in-law and a cousin that’s bi and I love them like my mom and dad.

    What I don’t like is the agenda to warp marriage and traditional values by gay activists and left-wing politicians.

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