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Having been involved in third party politics for quite some time (Reform and Libertarian) I believe you have missed a key ingredient in the character of people registered within third parties. Compromise is not in their vocabulary.
Even within their own parties they fight so strenuously that they serve only to inflame each other. The hard feelings generated allow none but the “pure” to survive. These people do not play well with others, which is why they disaffiliate with their major party.
You also neglect to give people an alternative. When I returned to the Republican Party I was loath to call myself a "Republican" because I knew the assumption would be that I was a religious authoritarian. I am thrilled to be able to instead tell people I am a member of the Republican Liberty Caucus (http://www.RLC.org), and that I am working to move the Republican Party in a libertarian direction.
Posted by: Ray Holtorf at June 7, 2004 11:38 AM
I'd like to offer at least one kind word for the Libertarians, based on current personal situation.
I've just moved up to a larger house in a different suburb -- moving in the process from a congressional district served by Democrat Martin Frost to one served by Democrat Eddie Bernice Johnson. Now Frost is not merely a Democrat but a powerful force, who challenged Nancy Pelosi for the leadership of the House. Though considered to be in a "safe seat", and considered to be among the more moderate among Democrats (as one might expect for a representative from Shrub's state) the Republicans never failed, in my experience, of putting up a hard challenge to that seat. And Frost was a better representative because of that competition. (Due to redistricting, he's now facing off against Pete Sessions ... that's going to be bloody. Either way, Texans will lose some valuable seniority in the House next term.)
EB Johnson, while a capable representative, has failed to make quite the mark on the national stage Frost did. Her biggest claim to the spotlight comes from her strength in the House "Black Caucus".
But the Republicans don't even deign to oppose her. Her seat has been written off. They don't even attempt to find a black, or Hispanic, or even a white female candidate to "waste the time" to challenge the incumbant for the post.
The Libertarians, at least, are willing to waste time. EB Johnson DOES have competition.
It's sad the Libertarians are running a geeky looking white male business-wonk in a historically minority, economically deprived, otherwise Republican-leaning district. But they do TRY.
Seems to me if they could find another registered nurse sucessful realtor political realist minority challenger, rather like Johnson herself, they'd have a good shot at it. A LOT of people are just tired of "business as usual."
Posted by: Pouncer at June 7, 2004 12:40 PM
Nice to see an insider endorsing my "crank" theory.
Posted by: Dale Franks at June 7, 2004 12:40 PM
What has always astounded me about the LP is that they waste so much money and resources on a presidential candidate who has not a chance in Hades of ever getting elected or even influencing the election in any way.
Why not take those resources and use them at the local level - especially if, as Harry Browne and others assert, they face impediments at the federal level?
Posted by: Cody Hatch at June 7, 2004 02:21 PM
Nice Forum you have here.
I was backing Gary Nolan for the Nomination, and even contemplated forming a "Republicans for Nolan" Group. That's all biten the dust now that the Libertarian Party has nominated Michael Badnarek. Nice guy, but no credentials and no political experience to speak of.
This will be a minor boom for Bush's reelection effort. The LP had a chance to effect the outcome of the race in key states. But now Badnarek will probably get a paltry 250,000 votes instead of the 1 to 2 million that they could have received with Nolan or Aarron Russo.
Thank Darwin (or God), that I founded the Republican Liberty Caucus 14 years ago.
Post Bergland Campaign in 1984, Libertarians had nowheres else to go.
Today, we are lucky that we have a strong viable, if grossly underfunded alternative organization for libertarians who are serious about real world politics.
Posted by: Eric Dondero at June 7, 2004 04:58 PM
Thanks for that insightful comment! It makes interesting reading, especially when I need a payday loan.
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