Archive for the 'Libertarian Party' Category

Profile of Ed Crane

Monday, December 1st, 2008

Ed Crane was national chairman of the Libertarian Party from 1974 to 1977, and ran its presidential campaign in 1976. A founder of the Cato Institute in 1977 , he has served as its president ever since. Quin Hillyer, Associate Editorial Page Editor of the Baltimore Examiner, has this in-depth profile of Crane. [...]

What’s the frequency, Ilya?

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

It happens every election cycle. Some libertarian writes about how the Libertarian Party should be abolished (or at least no longer run candidates). The latest comes from Ilya Somin, who writes:

Libertarians often emphasize that failed enterprises should be liquidated rather than kept going on artificial life support. That enables their resources to be [...]

Was Barr a ’spoiler’ in North Carolina?

Monday, November 24th, 2008

The Raleigh News & Observer writes a wrapup on the presidential campaign in North Carolina and concludes:

Barr was a spoiler in North Carolina after all.

Though the Libertarian presidential candidate made only token appearances in the state and received a minuscule number of votes in November, he still got more votes than the margin of [...]

Two Mistakes About the LP At Volokh Conspiracy

Sunday, November 23rd, 2008

Ilya Somin writes at Volokh Conspiracy (ranked 7th in my 2006 list of the top 30 liberty-oriented blogs):
third party politics simply is not an effective way of promoting libertarianism in the “first past the post” American political system. That system makes it almost impossible for a third party to win any important elected offices. And [...]

Is Georgia Libertarian leaning toward Democrat in runoff?

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

The Senate Guru blog in The Huffington Post gets some very interesting responses from Georgia Libertarian Allen Buckley.

Buckley got 128,000 votes (3.4% of the total) on Nov. 4 as the Libertarian Party candidate for U.S. Senate. Because he kept the two major-party candidates, Democrat Jim Martin and Republican Saxby Chambliss, from getting more than [...]

How will Libertarians affect Georgia Senate runoff?

Monday, November 17th, 2008

Says Jim Tharpe in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution:

Libertarians have never won statewide office in Georgia, but suddenly their votes have become valuable currency in the extended U.S. Senate race between Republican incumbent U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss and Democrat Jim Martin.

No sooner had the sun peeked over the horizon on Nov. 5 than Martin and Chambliss — [...]

Libertarian Party: Businessmen are bad for capitalism

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The following is a statement from Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew Davis:

November 14, 2008

Contact: Andrew Davis
E-mail: [email protected]
Phone: 202-731-0002

Businessmen are Bad for Capitalism, Says Libertarian Party
CEOs and Government Assistance Stand in the Way of Economic Turnaround

WASHINGTON, D.C. - “CEOs and government ‘altruism’ are standing in the way of effective economic turnaround,” says Libertarian Party spokesperson Andrew [...]

Invite third-party candidates to inauguration?

Sunday, November 16th, 2008

The Washington Post’s Reliable Source blog has some fun with Ralph Nader for suggesting that third-party candidates should be invited to President Obama’s inauguration:

The sometimes cantankerous outsider has sent an open letter to Barack Obama asking that third-party candidates—the Libertarian Party’s Bob Barr, the Constitution Party’s Chuck Baldwin and the Green Party’s Cynthia McKinney—be included [...]

Best Counties in Nation for Some Minor Party, Independent Presidential Candidates Identified

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

Ballot Access News

From preliminary election returns, it appears that these are the best counties for five particular presidential candidates:

Nader: Morgan County, Tennessee 5.2%
Barr: Esmeralda County, Nevada, 2.7%
Baldwin: Millard County, Utah, 5.6%
McKinney: either St. Bernard or LaFourche Parish, both in Louisiana, each 1.1%
Brian Moore: Essex County, Vermont, 2.1%

Thanks to Jack Ross for doing the laborious job [...]

The disappointing third-party vote in 2008

Tuesday, November 11th, 2008

David Weigel of Reason takes a look at the votes for Bob Barr, Ralph Nader, Chuck Baldwin, and Cynthia McKinney, all of which were disappointing to their backers and in historical context. He then concludes:

So if you add together Paul with the four candidates he gathered at the National Press Club to endorse (and [...]

Libertarian John Monds gets over 1,000,000 votes in Georgia

Monday, November 10th, 2008

George Dance reports on Nolan Chart that John Monds, Libertarian Party candidate for Georgia’s Public Service Commission District 1, received 33.3% or 1,056,227 votes to incumbent Republican H. Doug Everett’s 2,114,459 or 66.7%.

Dance adds:

Monds’s 33% finish easily guarantees permanent ballot access for the Libertarian Party of Georgia (LPGA) in the 2010 elections. (By Georgia law, [...]

Did third-party candidates tip Missouri, Indiana, and North Carolina?

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

In three states—Missouri, Indiana, and North Carolina—the victor in the presidential race did not get 50% of the vote. And the vote for third-party candidates conceivably may have altered the outcome.

The problem is trying to determine the mindset of the voters who took the third-party route, an impossible task. Would they have voted [...]

North Carolina Libertarians retain ballot access

Wednesday, November 5th, 2008

North Carolina’s Libertarian Party has succeeded in its effort to automatically remain on the ballot for the next four years. To do that, either its presidential candidate or gubernatorial candidate had to poll more than 2% of the vote. While Bob Barr’s percentage in North Carolina was only 0.6%, the LP candidate for [...]

Barr, Nader On Very Slow Pace

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

With about half of today’s projected 140M votes counted, independent Ralph Nader has about 350K votes and Libertarian Bob Barr has 300K. If this pace holds, Barr would finish with a disappointing 600K (barely over 0.4%), and Nader would get a surprisingly low 700K. Both were polling at 1% on election eve.

Election night cheat sheet

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Thanks to Bradley Jansen for providing this cheat-sheet service on Nolan Chart. He lists 14 “likely battleground states with information of the main third party candidates on the ballot and their history of support in the state (and how they may affect the electoral outcomes).”

Now if we could get only one of the mainstream [...]

Freedom is sexy

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

“Freedom is sexy” is the motto of the new website for Libertarian Hotties, created by “Ms. Libby Belle.” She hopes to change the image of libertarians as “young white males with bad haircuts.” She’s got her work cut out for her, but she also has some dynamite ammunition. Click on “Gallery,” guys. [...]

Past Performance Is No Guarantee Of Future Results

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

... but it’s as close as we can get until Intrade has more granularity and liquidity in its prediction markets for third-party results. Intrade is giving Libertarian Bob Barr a 28% chance of winning more than 1% of the vote, but only an 8% chance of winning more than 2%. Its numbers for Nader [...]

Could third-party candidates be spoilers this time?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2008

Is this the way the campaign ends, not with a bang but a whimper? Time magazine thinks so, noting that both Bob Barr and Ralph Nader are polling only around 1% nationally as we hit election day. And Time wonders why this is so:

Given the current political environment, third parties really should have [...]

Utah 5-Candidate Presidential Poll

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

Ballot Access News

On November 1, a Deseret News/KSL-TV presidential poll was released. It is based on 1,205 voters, sampled between October 24 and October 30. Results: McCain 57%, Obama 32%, Baldwin 2%, Barr 1%, Nader 1%, undecided or refused 7%. Thanks to Frank Fluckiger for this news.

In 2004, the presidential vote in Utah had been: [...]

AP: Georgia back in play, and Bob Barr could make the difference

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

The Associated Press says Georgia is back in play, and “Libertarian Bob Barr is drawing enough support to have an impact on how Obama and McCain finish there.”

AP’s in-depth report includes this information:

Two polls show a surprisingly tight race. One from Mason-Dixon Polling and Research Inc., sponsored by NBC, shows McCain with a lead of [...]

Self destruction: thy name is Bob Barr

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

by Jonathan Cymberknopf

What started out as the most promising Third Party campaign in years is turning out to be the most disappointing one in years.

Looking back at the Libertarian convention, the purists of the Libertarian Party did try to warn us, but we did not listen as promises of gold blinded our eyes.

We forgave Bob [...]

‘New Yorker’ profiles Bob Barr

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Raffi Khatchadourian provides a lengthy profile of Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr in the October 27 issue of The New Yorker. Entitled “The Third Man: Bob Barr’s Libertarian run for the White House,” the article includes reportage on Barr’s relationship with former GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul.

Nader, Barr, Baldwin debate tonight in Cleveland

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Independent presidential candidate Ralph Nader, Libertarian Party presidential candidate Bob Barr, and Constitution Party presidential candidate Chuck Baldwin will debate tonight, October 30, in Cleveland, Ohio.

When: Thursday, October 30, at 4:30 p.m. EDT.
Where: The City Club of Cleveland; 850 Euclid Ave, 2nd Floor, Cleveland, OH
Topic: The Economy: “Where do we go from here?”

According to the [...]

AFP: ‘Forgotten candidates for US president may still impact race’

Monday, October 27th, 2008

Agency France Presse (AFP) takes a look at the campaigns of third-party candidates:

...the libertarian candidate Bob Barr, independent Ralph Nader and, to a lesser extent, Chuck Baldwin’s Constitution Party and Green candidate Cynthia McKinney, could have a significant impact on the hopes of McCain or Obama, who remain locked in tight races in key battleground [...]

Barr Loses Connecticut Ballot Access Case

Thursday, October 23rd, 2008

Ballot Access News

On October 23, U.S. District Court Judge Janet Hall said that Connecticut need not reprint its ballots to include Bob Barr. The key factor in the decision was the state’s testimony that it would be almost impossible to reprint the ballots. There will be no appeal of the denial of injunctive relief. However, [...]