‘Ralph was right’

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 17th, 2008

On The Nation magazine’s blog, Christopher Hayes puts in “the credit-where-credit-is-due file” all the warnings from Ralph Nader over the past decade about Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and the rest of the financial mess in Washington.

Interestingly, Hayes goes on to say:

Relatedly, I’ve gotten a lot of emails from conservatives in the last few weeks berating me for ignoring the fact that the heads of Fannie and Freddie were Democrats and gave a lot of money to Democrats. Fair point. It would be nice to say this crisis is the Republican failing, but it really is an ideological failing, one in which both parties were complicit.

Chuck Baldwin finds Sarah Palin’s answers ‘very troubling’

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 17th, 2008

After the Sarah Palin interviews by ABC’s Charles Gibson were broadcast, Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin wrote that he found her answers “very troubling.”

While he is not happy with her record on immigration and her subservience to John McCain on stem cell research, what bothers him most is that “on foreign policy, especially, Palin reveals herself to be just another neocon”:

When asked if she would be willing to take America to war with Russia in order to defend Georgia, she responded by saying, “Perhaps so.”

Egad! Do John McCain and Sarah Palin envision–even desire–war with Russia? John McCain is already on record as supporting sending troops to Georgia; now Sarah Palin suggests that even war with Russia is a possibility. Over what? Has Russia deployed troops along our borders? Has Russia threatened to invade the United States? Are McCain and Palin truly willing to launch a war with a nation that has thousands of ICBMs in its nuclear arsenal, when our own security has not been threatened?

Bob Barr: A profile

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 17th, 2008

Scott Henry provides an informative and detailed profile of Libertarian presidential candidate Bob Barr on the Atlanta blog Creative Loafing, where Barr was a columnist from 2003 to 2005. He begins with his bemused recollection of a recent Libertarian dinner in Georgia at which Barr spoke, ticking off some cultural differences between a Libertarian gathering and a Republican or Democratic gathering.

Henry then continues to explore such topics as:

  • Barr’s controversial role in the House as an anti-Clinton conservative firebrand.
  • How he “shies away from the usual glad-handing, though he is drawn to the lure of television cameras.”
  • How “Barr has always been something of a square peg” who never really fit into the Republican Party that comfortably.
  • The reasons for his sojourn from conservative firebrand to libertarian spokesman.
  • And the difficulty of running as a third-party candidate in Georgia, and the chances of Barr impacting the electoral vote there and elsewhere in the nation.

Henry finds that “where Barr’s congressional antics once brought him notoriety, his advocacy for the cause of civil liberty has earned him gravitas.” And he adds that, for all the evolving Barr has undergone in his political life, “former associates say Barr’s core beliefs and political convictions have actually changed very little. He’s always harbored a Reaganesque distrust of government and has been a passionate supporter of the Second Amendment.”

Barr campaign sues to get Dems and GOP off Texas ballot

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 17th, 2008

Cox News Service reports that “Libertarian presidential nominee Bob Barr’s campaign filed suit Tuesday seeking to remove Republican John McCain and Democrat Barack Obama from the ballot in Texas, alleging that the two major candidates missed the deadline for officially filing to be on the ballot.”

The report continues:

Pat Dixon, chairman of the Texas Libertarian Party, issued a statement saying, “Libertarian principles require personal responsibility for your acts and failures. Obama and McCain failed to meet the deadlines. They must follow the law like everyone else.”

Barr first raised the issue in a press release earlier this month. Ashley Burton, a spokesperson for the Texas Secretary of State’s office, responded at that time, saying, “Both parties made filings with our office before the deadline, supplemented their filings and will be on the November ballot.”

Barr plans to hold a news conference at the Texas Supreme Court on Thursday.

Details of the lawsuit are provided on the Barr campaign’s website.

Naderites in Austin push for open debates

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 17th, 2008

Supporters of Ralph Nader in Austin, Texas, have organized to push for open presidential debates that would be open to third party candidates.

In a press release, Austin for Nader says:

In response to Ron Paul’s recent call for his followers to buck the major parties and vote for a third party candidate, Austin For Nader has contacted Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr and Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney’s local campaigns and are collaborating with them to open the presidential debates….

For more information about Austin for Nader visit austinfornader.blogspot.com or email austinfornader@gmail.com.

On that webstite, the group says it meets at the Congress Avenue Bridge (Ann Richards Bridge) to push for open debates:


We gather at 5:00 p.m. and hold signs and collect names for petitions to open the debates. Our plan is to do this each Thursday from 5 o’clock until dark.

We invite all third parties to join us in this common effort.

Nader Seeking Payday From Constitution Day

Posted by Brian Holtz --- September 16th, 2008

At Ron Paul’s Sep. 10 press conference for “principled” third-party candidates, Ralph Nader said:

As long as we’re dealing with symbols, I prefer to put next to my lapel the Constitution of the United States. The flag can take care of itself, but we have to take care of the Constitution. And on Sep. 17, which is Constitution Day, highlighted by Sen. Robert Byrd’s legislation to try to have people all over the country congregate to understand and learn what our Constitution means, what it must mean, and how it must be observed—we are asking people to send us their pledge to the Nader-Gonzalez ticket, to support candidates who will defend, in very meticulous ways, the Constitution and the great promise, which still lacks fulfillment, which is embedded in its various articles. And we hope people will send that pledge of support for Constitution Day, Sep. 17, to constitutionpledge.com.

On that site the Nader campaign is seeking pledges totaling $80,000 to celebrate Constitution Day, on the basis that Nader is “the Presidential candidate who will always defend the United States Constitution”.  The following are quotes from the Nader campaign site about federal policies he advocates.  On Constitution Day, decide for yourself whether Nader’s policies are authorized under the Article I Section 8 powers of the federal government.
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IAP candidate stands up against ethics law violation

Posted by Cody Quirk --- September 16th, 2008

Two men say Carson City Sheriff Kenny Furlong used the sheriff’s building illegally to promote a ballot question, a charge the sheriff disputes.

A complaint was filed with the Nevada Secretary of State on Friday, say John Wagner and Ron Alexander, who wrote the opposing argument for the Nov. 4 ballot question designed by Furlong and Fire Chief Stacey Giomi. The plan would raise property taxes for the fire and sheriff’s departments.

Wagner said Furlong clearly violated an ethics law when he hosted on Thursday the first of several scheduled debates on the ballot question between candidates for city offices.

State law under Nevada Revised Statute 281 says politicians or public employees “shall not request or otherwise cause a governmental entity to incur an expense or make an expenditure” supporting a ballot question.

“I hope they tell him to stop doing this and go do it somewhere else,” said Wagner, who is also the Independent American Party of Nevada candidate for the District 40 state Assembly seat…

Here’s the full article

A Salute To Our U.S. Constitution

Posted by Cody Quirk --- September 16th, 2008

Chuck Baldwin

by Chuck Baldwin

Septermber 17

On this date in 1787, the U.S. Constitution was adopted. 39 delegates from 12 of the 13 colonies (Rhode Island did not send a representative) affixed their signatures to the greatest civil document ever conceived by men. Famous patriots such as George Washington, Roger Sherman, Alexander Hamilton, Benjamin Franklin, Robert Morris, Gouverneur Morris, James Madison, George Clymer, and Abraham Baldwin were among this gallant group.

Under divine Providence, it has been allegiance to the Constitution that has preserved our liberties and protected our very way of life. Most of the problems, failings, and frustrations that plague our nation today are due to the propensity of our civil magistrates to ignore or blatantly abuse constitutional government. Accordingly, fidelity to the Constitution would likely repair most of the damage done by this neglect.

It is the responsibility of a free people to jealously guard the principles upon which their liberties are predicated. For citizens of these United States, the principles that duly protect our liberties are contained in the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, and Declaration of Independence. Therefore, it is incumbent upon every American to studiously familiarize himself with these documents.

Furthermore, it is the duty of every American to stubbornly hold their elected representative, at every level of government, accountable to his or her oath to the Constitution. The U.S. Constitution is the contract that every civil magistrate makes with “We the People.” Failure of an elected representative to fulfill that oath to the Constitution should be met with swift and certain rejection by the people at the polls. Nothing else should matter. Republican or Democrat, man or woman, black or white, believer or unbeliever: it is the responsibility of every civil magistrate to submit to the restrictions and instructions of the Constitution.

Our Constitution (along with the Bill of Rights and Declaration of Independence) was formed, framed, and founded upon the eternal principles contained in Natural Law, which proceeds forth from man’s Creator and Redeemer. No people in human history have ever been so blessed as the people of the United States to inherit such a legacy. Such a heritage serves only to heighten our own responsibility, as “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required.”

On this Constitution Day of 2008, may this generation of Americans live up to its responsibility to valiantly bequeath to our posterity the same legacy of freedom that was so bravely and miraculously bequeathed to us. For the sake of freedom, for the love of our children, and for the safety and security of our republic, may each of us determine for ourselves—and commit to Almighty God—to “preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States

How are the third parties doing?

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 16th, 2008

According to Ballot Access News:

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader is on the ballot, so far, in 46 states.

The Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr: 44 states.

The Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin: 37 states.

And the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney: 32.

Libertarian National Committee in a deadlock over how to address Bob Barr controversies

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 16th, 2008

Men’s News Daily reports on its NewsWax blog:


The Libertarian National Committee (LNC) was reported to be in a deadlock Sunday night over how to address the growing controversies surrounding their party’s U.S. presidential nominee, former congressman Bob Barr.

Many libertarians have spoken out against Barr since his last minute refusal to attend former Republican presidential hopeful Congressman Ron Paul’s third party unity conference at the National Press Club in Washington, DC on Wednesday.

Apparently, the effort to replace Barr as the nominee has been rejected. Not a single person on the 17-member LNC was willing to make the motion.

However, at-large representative Dr. Mary Ruwart — who lost the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination to Barr at the National Convention in May by only a few votes — is supporting a resolution to apologize to Paul.

This is being countered by Treasurer Aaron Starr, who favors a resolution to chastise Paul for not endorsing Bob Barr and “splitting the Freedom Movement.”

Currently, neither resolution has enough votes to pass.

Battleground Pennsylvania: Barr in, Baldwin out

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 16th, 2008

It appears Bob Barr will appear on the Pennsylvania ballot, while Chuck Baldwin will not.

The Barr campaign notes that the McCain organization in Pennsylvania tried to use tactics against the Libertarian Party that John McCain called “Stalinist politics” when George W. Bush used the same tactics against McCain in New York during the 2000 campaign.

“I would never consider, ever consider,” McCain said during his 2000 campaign, “allowing a supporter of mine to challenge [an opponent’s] right to be on the ballot in all 50 states.”

Suffering from memory loss, Senator?

Meanwhile, Ballot Access News notes that on September 12, U.S. District Court Judge Yvette Kane denied injunctive relief to the Constitution Party of Pennsylvania, which had been suing to get on the ballot. However, it added: “Since the case only denied injunctive relief, not declaratory relief, it is still alive.”

Nader on bank woes: ‘I predicted this’

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 16th, 2008

In a meeting with Politico reporters and editors, Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader spoke about the Wall Street crisis in the headlines:

“I predicted this. All this I’ve written about five, 10 years ago.”

Nader blames the crisis on “pure greed, coupled with concentrated power on Wall Street and elsewhere.” And according to Nader, Obama and McCain are too worried about containing fallout to take on the banks’ irresponsible behavior:

“Look at how they are knee-jerking similar approaches,” Nader said, chiding the Democratic and Republican presidential nominees for their support, earlier this year, for bailing out Bear Stearns. “McCain, Obama: Rubber stamp. No detail. We will go along with the bill.”

“They’re twins,” Nader continued. “If you look at their economic policies, other than taxes and so on … they’ll curtsy to the, quote, prestige of the Treasury.”

Politico also reports this gem of a response from Nader:

Nader recounted a recent meeting with editors at The Washington Post, who he said told him the paper wasn’t covering his campaign because he had no chance of winning. According to Nader, he replied: “Then why are you covering the Nationals?” a reference to Washington’s long-suffering baseball team.

Ron Paul stays on ballot in Montana

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 16th, 2008

This from Ballot Access News:

The Montana Secretary of State has told Ron Paul that his request to be removed from the ballot arrived too late, so he will definitely be on the November ballot as the Constitution Party nominee, along with Michael Peroutka for vice-president.

Paul’s letter, dated September 10, says, “It has come to my attention that I was nominated by the Constitution Party of Montana as its presidential nominee. While I certainly appreciate the Constitution Party of Montana’s nomination, and all the hard work of its members, I am writing to respectfully request that you remove my name from the ballot in Montana as I did not seek nor consent to this nomination.”

Ron Paul may be unhappy over this development, but not all of his supporters are upset. This comes from the blog of the Montana chapter of Paul’s Campaign for Liberty:


It’s official! David Hart just got off the phone with the Montana Secretary of State. They confirmed it is now too late for Ron Paul to remove himself as a candidate, and that he will remain as the Presidential candidate for the Constitution Party of Montana on the November ballot.

Whatever the turbulence was these past few days has now subsided. We have plenty of work to do before November.

Dr. Paul beat McCain in 27 counties, and tied him in 1, and that’s out of 56 counties total. Consider that this was back in February 08… This might give the GOP something to fear. And who knows how many people have changed their minds since then, and how many more minds we can change before November.

Constitution Party Platform - Excerpts For Liberty-Lovers

Posted by Brian Holtz --- September 16th, 2008


In the wake of Bob Barr not attending last week’s multi-third-party press conference sponsored by Ron Paul, some fans of Paul’s Campaign For Liberty are reportedly considering voting for the Constitution Party nominee instead of the Libertarian nominee.  The LP Platform is a lean and clean statement of Libertarian principles (which Barr has publicly embraced), but many Ron Paul fans may not have read the lengthy CP Platform in its entirety.  Below are the parts they might want to check before casting a vote for the CP in November.
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LNC Considers Motion To Apologize To Ron Paul

Posted by Brian Holtz --- September 15th, 2008

Rachel Hawkridge is the representative to the Libertarian National Committee from “Region 7”, which includes Florida, Hawaii, and the three states of the northwest corner of the lower 48. (Florida replaced California in that region this year because the old region no longer had enough membership to keep two LNC seats.)  On her blog this weekend she posted an LNC motion she made proposing to apologize to Ron Paul for Bob Barr missing Paul’s press conference last week.

There are conflicting reports about whether Barr “committed” to attend as the letter says.  The proposed letter repeats Barr’s endorsement of Paul’s 4-point agenda on foreign policy, privacy, national debt, and the Federal Reserve.  It also says the LP “shares your goal of encouraging more people to vote for third party candidates”—a goal seemingly at odds with the LP’s Purposes bylaw, which talks about “functioning as a libertarian political entity separate and distinct from all other political parties or movements”.  The letter also speaks as if LP Acting Executive Director Robert Kraus “has been reprimanded” for “disparaging” Paul in this LP blog posting, but the continued presence of the posting on LP.org suggests that the letter is proposing a reprimand rather than reporting one.

In subsequent comments on another blog, Hawkridge reported that there was no apparent prospect of her motion passing.  The text of the proposed letter is:

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IAP candidate participates in Labor Day Parade

Posted by Cody Quirk --- September 15th, 2008

Janine and Son

Janine Hansen, an Independent American, is the only person in the race against Republican-In-Name-Only, Dean Rhoads. There is no Democrat running in this very conservative rural district.
If elected there will be 10 Democrats and 10 Republicans in the State Senate, with Janine being the deciding vote.

Baldwin to remain on Kansas ballot

Posted by Cody Quirk --- September 15th, 2008

Ballot Access News

Today, Kansas held an administrative hearing to determine the presidential nominee of the Reform Party of Kansas. The committee holding the hearing consisted of the Secretary of State, the Lieutenant Governor, and the Attorney General. After taking testimony, the group voted to place Chuck Baldwin on the ballot as the presidential nominee of the Reform Party of Kansas. The state party had unambiguously desired this outcome, but a doubt had been raised because a national Reform Party convention had chosen Ted Weill.

Barr says financial crunch teaches folly of government bailouts

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 15th, 2008

The following is a media release from the Barr presidential campaign:

www.BobBarr2008.com
Interview Contact: Steve Sinton
Phone: 404-536-8038

Barr Says Financial Crunch Teaches Folly of Government Bailouts

Atlanta, GA – “Financial reality has hit Wall Street despite past federal bailouts,” notes Bob Barr, the Libertarian Party candidate for president.

Barr says that massive subsidies for the housing industry and Bear Stearns, as well as a government takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, could not insulate financial institutions from the tsunami of bad mortgage loans.

“While the Bush administration has thus far refused to again put the taxpayers at risk by bailing out Lehman Brothers, we should not hold our breath that this or further bail outs will not be approved,” Barr observes. “What is required is a long-term solution that incorporates a series of important steps to wean the country from depending on Uncle Sam, which has already put the U.S. taxpayer at risk for irresponsible decisions by private or quasi-government entities.”

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‘Montana’s likely to be swingin’ all over the place’

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 15th, 2008

Nobody has described the situation in Montana better than the San Francisco Chronicle:

In August, Montana Gov. Brian Schweitzer predicted that in his swing state, the single-issue gun rights voters will vote for neither John McCain nor Barack Obama (who both received bad grades from the National Rifle Association). Instead, they would go for Libertarian Bob Barr, splitting the McCain vote and handing the state to Obama. Two days later, however, McCain chose the gun-totin’, moose-eatin’ governor of Alaska to be his running mate. McCain’s ratings in Montana polls jumped, and he seemed on his way to sewing up the West’s swing states. But not so fast: Western Republicans are a divided bunch. Sure, they like their guns, but they also like liberty (Goldwater Republicans) and the landscape (Teddy Roosevelt Republicans). While those folks may steer clear of Obama, they’re also likely to worry how Palin’s “drill, baby, drill” evangelical, book-burning, Bushie leanings will affect their non-Second Amendment freedoms and their favorite hunting grounds. And those voters – in Montana, at least – have choices. Not only is Barr on the ballot, but so is Ron Paul – a truly maverick Republican, and now the Constitution Party’s nominee, who actually beat McCain in Montana’s GOP caucus. Come November, Montana’s likely to be swingin’ all over the place.

Quick—is it too late to move to Montana to vote?

Montana gun group likes Constitution Party’s Ron Paul

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 15th, 2008

The Montana Shooting Sports Association says “principled” voters should cast their presidential ballot for Ron Paul, but “pragmatic” voters may want to pick McCain, because he’s not quite as bad as Obama on gun issues:

The group gave Republican John McCain a D in its scorecard. Obama got an F. Paul, on the ballot under the Constitution Party banner in Montana, got a A from the group.

Dr. Paul has asked that his name be taken off the ballot, but a spokesman for the secretary of state’s office says that may not be possible, and some counties have already started printing ballots:

“We have received the letter [from Dr. Paul], and we are looking at the law. So far, we are not sure that the law allows for anything to be done about the situation.”

South Carolina: Many third-party supporters backing Democrat for U.S. Senate

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 15th, 2008

It’s a weird situation in South Carolina. The state’s Republican Senator, Lindsey Graham, is up for reelection and is considered all but unbeatable. The Democrats wrote off the race, allowing an unabashed conservative, Bob Conley, to grab their nomination. Now, when Conley speaks, the cars carrying his supporters to the speech sport bumper stickers for Ron Paul, Bob Barr, Chuck Baldwin…anyone but McCain or Obama.

WRAL.com in Raleigh-Durham-Fayetteville gave this background for Bob Conley:

He once ran as a Republican for an Indiana state House seat, then bolted for the Reform Party. After moving to North Myrtle Beach, he joined his local GOP committee and backed Ron Paul in this year’s South Carolina presidential primary. Five months later, he won a lackluster contest to become the Democratic pick to face powerhouse Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham in November.

Sites like Right Democrat like Conley, and state Democratic Party officials seem annoyed by this gnat on their ticket, who won’t publicly endorse Obama (he says his dream ticket would have Pat Buchanan running with him in that presidential slot). But nobody’s expecting an upset on Election Day: Conley ended his primary campaign with $3,692 debt and $983 cash on hand, while Graham has $3.6 million to spend.

Florida voters will have LOTS of choices in November

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 15th, 2008

Tampabay.com in St. Petersburg reports that the Florida ballot is going to look like a phone book:

Ralph Nader is on the Florida presidential ballot, along with other semi-big names like the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr, the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney, and the American Independent Party’s Alan Keyes. Because it’s easier to be a minor party candidate in Florida than an independent, Nader is the nominee of the Ecology Party, formed in 2007 by his backers.

Here are the presidential candidates on the Florida ballot in order of how they’ll be listed (minor parties are listed in order of when they submitted their paperwork):

McCain and Palin (Republican Party); Obama and Joe Biden (Democratic Party); Gloria La Riva and Eugene Puryear (Socialism and Liberation); Chuck Baldwin and Darrell Castle (Constitution Party of Florida); Gene Amondson and Leroy Pletten (Prohibition Party); Barr and Wayne A. Root (Libertarian); Thomas Robert Stevens and Alden Link (Objectivist); James Harris and Alyson Kennedy (Socialist Workers); McKinney and Rosa Clemente (Green); Keyes and Brian Rohrbough (America’s Independent Party); Nader and Matt Gonzalez (Ecology); Brian Moore and Stewart Alexander (Socialist); Charles Jay and John Wayne Smith (Boston Tea Party); Gary Nettles and Brad Krones (Write-in).

What, has Mike Gravel given up?

North Carolina: Third parties offer alternatives

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 15th, 2008

The Burlington (N.C.) Times News reports to its readers that they will have alternatives to the Republicans and Democrats in November:

In addition to Democrat Barack Obama and Republican John McCain, Libertarian Bob Barr’s name will be on the North Carolina presidential ballot.

Three other candidates who won’t be on the ballot qualified as write-in presidential candidates: independent Ralph Nader, Green Party candidate Cynthia McKinney, and Socialist Party candidate Brian Moore.

How does one qualify as a write-in candidate in the Tarheel state?

A candidate had to collect valid signatures of 250 registered voters to qualify as a write-in candidate for president and statewide office, said Johnnie McLean, deputy director of the State Board of Elections. While their names won’t be on the ballot, a write-in space will be available on the ballot or voting machine and local boards of elections will be instructed to record and report such votes, she said.

The article also notes that the Libertarians have another stake in the election:

Libertarians aren’t expecting to win the presidential race. Nor are they expecting their gubernatorial candidate Mike Munger, who chairs the Political Science Department at Duke University, to win. But they’re hoping he’ll get at least 2 percent of the vote.

That’s the threshold that a party’s gubernatorial or presidential candidate has to receive in the general election in order to remain a recognized party in the state….

If some current poll numbers hold up through the general election, Libertarians could be successful in their effort to remain on the ballot. The Public Policy Polling survey shows Munger with support from 6 percent of the voters. The Civitas Poll shows Munger with 2 percent.

Libertarian-Socialist alliance in Louisiana

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 15th, 2008

Ballot Access News reports:

On September 13, the Libertarian Party and the Socialist Party filed a lawsuit to get their presidential candidates on the Louisiana ballot. Libertarian Party et al v Dardenne. Lawsuits can be filed on weekends in some U.S. District Courts, via electronic filing. The case number is not known yet. Both parties were late filing their presidential electors. The lawsuit argues that since the Secretary of State’s office was closed the week of September 2-5, and since the state has postponed its congressional primary until October, due to hurricanes, the state should also have extended the filing deadline. The state did permit filing on September 8, but did not post this notice on its web page. The Libertarian filing was on September 10 and the Socialist filing was on September 11.

The ultimate Washington outsider

Posted by TPW News Items --- September 15th, 2008

Jazz Shaw takes a look in The Moderate Voice at Wayne Allyn Root, the Libertarian candidate for vice president. What Shaw finds, from Root’s website, is the ultimate Washington outsider:

He has never worked (directly or indirectly) for or with any state or federal government. None of his small businesses have ever done business with the government. He has never collected a check from government (other than a student loan). He has never worked in Washington D.C. He has never done business with a lobbyist.

Shaw then turns to another consideration in a candidate:

We also like our elected leaders to be literate, scholarly types. And once again, Wayne fills the bill nicely. He is not only well read, but the author of five books. (More than Obama and Palin combined, by the way.) And we should remember that governing is, in some regards, very much about risk management… calculating the odds, making smart decisions, etc. So it will be comforting to note that these books are on the subject of … gambling.

None of which means Shaw is going to vote for Root (and Barr)...