Trent Hill at the Independent Political Report breaks the story that former Republican Congressman (and before that, former Democratic Congressman) Virgil Goode has joined the Constitution Party. Is Goode eyeing a third-party presidential bid in 2012? It’s a curious move if he plans to try for his old congressional seat. (Update: As Hill notes, polling shows Goode tied with the Democratic incumbent and far ahead of the presumptive Republican nominee in a three-way match-up. It still seems like a risky move, though — “independent” is not necessarily the same thing as “third party nominee” to Virginia voters. It’s a big opportunity for the Constitution Party, though.)

Goode recently wrote at TAC about the need to reduce mass legal immigration as well as the illegal variety.