It’s a tight race between Long and Senator Salmon Stanley for the Democratic nomination for president. When Stanley triumphs, Long’s delegates walk out, the media has a field day, and Long and his team — including ace political strategist Jay Noble — pack their bags and go home, knowing that whether Stanley fought fair or not, it’s the end of the line.

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Would Long consider running as an independent? Independent campaigns of the past, such as those of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader, have been more gesture than genuine threat — but how might the Internet and modern communications technology change that? And are the American people so disgusted at the partisanship and gridlock of the two-party system — in particular, is the right wing so fed up with the Republican Party — that they would vote for an independent? Would Long even be able to get on the ballot in all fifty states?

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Ralph Reed is chairman and CEO of Century Strategies, a public relations and public affairs firm advising Fortune 500 companies, and chairman of the Faith & Freedom Coalition. He has also worked on seven U.S. presidential campaigns and, as executive director of the Christian Coalition, built one of the nation's most effective grassroots organizations. He and his wife have four children and live in Duluth, Georgia.

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