Salena Zito

Then there are the “conservazillas,” that group of difficult, unpleasant, perfectionist, one-issue voters who leave aggravated Republicans in their wake. Voters who are obsessed with their candidate being the defender of every “life” issue to the point of distraction, who disregard the other values of the Republican Party and hamstring the process.

James Dobson, founder of “Focus on the Family” and a classic conservazilla who is dissatisfied with everyone except himself, recently opined in The New York Times about the possibility of a third-party candidate.

But former presidential candidate and Wisconsin governor Tommy Thompson said the possibility of a third-party candidate, or of values-voters otherwise sitting out this campaign, is foolish and harmful.

Thompson, a staunch pro-life advocate who recently came out to support former rival Giuliani, passionately defended Rudy in an interview.

“I will do whatever I can to convince pro-life voters to support Giuliani. … Sure, there will be grumbling and people will push back, but I don’t buy that they will sit on their hands. Doing that would be harmful … and dumb.”

Salena Zito

Salena Zito is a political analyst, reporter and columnist.