Badnarik Guessing Game

Michael Badnarik, the Libertarian Party’s 2004 Presidential candidate, is asking people on his blog to guess which office he’ll run for next.

The thinking so far seems to be either U.S. Senate or Governor of Texas, though some have also suggested he run for Congress.

The Blog Post and Comments

5 Responses to “Badnarik Guessing Game”

  1. Mikey Says:

    Awww man, the blog was already closed for additional posts. And here I was going to say “You’ll probably run for mayor of some small, dust-filled town where they don’t understand modern politics.” :)

  2. Austin Cassidy Says:

    Hehe… yeah, I dunno what would be a good answer for this. I really don’t understand the man at all. Badnarik has run in 3 elections, basically…

    His first was a race for Texas State House. It was a 2-way race with him and a Republican and he pulled just under 17% of the vote. Not that outstanding, most any Libertarian with a paper bag over their head could poll 17% in a 2-way race without much effort.

    His second race was for Texas State House again. This time it was a 3-way race with a Democrat, Republican, and Badnarik as the Libertarian. The results were… 52.4% for the Republican, 45.4% for the Democrat, and 2.25% for Badnarik. Most any Libertarian with a paper bag over their head and minimal effort could get 2% of the vote in a 3-way State House race.

    His third run was for President… and we know how that went. Just shy of 400,000 votes. Virtually the same results as Harry Browne in 2000, but nothing terribly outstanding.

    I don’t understand why people think he’s such an awesome candidate…...... for anything at all, let alone a 2008 campaign.

  3. Tim West Says:

    He made the delegates feel all warm and fuzzy inside at the debate, and thats what it took. The LP is basically a “someone is out there representing MY BELIEFS” type party….there’s a lot of effort being made to change that, bit it’s going to be a tough nut to crack. Lots of folks like the LP being powerless.

  4. Austin Cassidy Says:

    I watched the debate on C-Span and was mixed. Badnarik with his librarian pen-around-the-neck-on-a-string look didn’t do much for me.

    Aaron Russo would have been the dangerous, somewhat unpredictable choice… but he might have made real news. He might have drawn in 750,000 votes or something along those lines. Run some actual televison. Helped some local candidates.

    Gary Nolan was the less exciting, but professional choice. I think Nolan would have flopped around and done between 400,000-500,000 barring any major surprise. Harry Browne from ‘96 territory.

    But Badnarik? I was shocked he got as many votes as he did… I was expecting an Andre Marrou showing.

  5. es Says:

    The LP needs to do some sort of trendy publicity stunt…make a Michael Moore-type movie about government oppression, record a song, or whatever that could possibly be wildly popular for no good reason. They’re well-poised to pull off something like that; they just need a push.