"We don’t want the GOP to pursue a 'socialism-lite' agenda. We want them to go on the warpath and do whatever it takes to stop the destruction of our constitutional Republic," Baldwin wrote in Barbwire, a conservative Christian site run by Liberty Counsel Action's VP Matt Barber. "It has become increasingly clear that the GOP leadership will do everything in its power to prevent the party from being influenced in any way by the Tea Party. I have given up on the GOP and am simply not sure it can ever be reformed."
He said that the new Third Party "will do to the GOP what the GOP did to the Whig Party 150 years ago: it will replace the GOP as the main party contesting the Democrat Party."
Baldwin acknowledges that successfully pulling a third party from the GOP is a long shot, but he offers some remedies. One thing the party would need, he argues, is Sarah Palin, who has actually considered a third party herself.
"We would also need a stable of respected national conservative leaders such as Sarah Palin and others to lead the charge on such an effort," he wrote.
The former lawmaker provides a detailed plan for getting this party off the ground, suggesting that the party have a soft launch until it has enough support to field candidates.
In terms of platform, Baldwin envisions one that "will unite conservatives, libertarians, the Christian Right, and the Tea Party movement."
"Even on the social issues, I believe a coalition between social and fiscal conservatives could be formed around the issue of eliminating all federal abortion funding, reversing Roe vs. Wade (let the states fight it out), and prohibiting the Federal government from granting special rights to people based upon sexual behavior (laws that almost always infringe on our religious, property, and freedom of association rights)," he wrote.
H/t Right Wing Watch