While at the same Reason magazine event that John attended, I found myself talking with a Libertarian about Bob Barr’s chances of winning the Libertarian Party presidential nomination in Denver. There was a reporter for a major news organization standing nearby, who apparently had no idea how much internal LP opposition Barr would face.
“Opposition?” she asked. “But I thought …”
“We’re talking about Libertarians,” said my friend. “They’re crazy.”
“We definitely don’t expect to win it on the first ballot,” said Russ Verney, the Barr manager who shepherded Ross Perot’s third-party bids in 1992 and 1996. “The other [Libertarian] candidates have been out there recruiting delegates for over a year. Bob just declared his candidacy last week, so he’s definitely the underdog.” …Talk of Barr as a “spoiler” for John McCain is assuming much more than it is safe to assume, considering that the 2004 LP presidential nominee didn’t win it until the third ballot.
Phone surveys of delegates and state party leaders indicate Barr would get between 30 and 35 percent of the first-ballot vote, his supporters say. With a majority of delegates needed to secure the nomination in a party that doesn’t choose its candidate by primary votes, multiple rounds of balloting are not unusual at LP conventions.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?