The libertarians pick Barr:
Denver — Georgia’s Bob Barr won a long and tense battle Sunday for the 2008 Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination and now faces the daunting task of doing what no third-party candidate has done: Win in November.
It took six ballots and nearly five hours of voting at the Libertarian National Convention before the former four-term congressman defeated Texas business consultant Mary Ruwart for the party’s bid.
Barr, who until 2006 was a Republican, took 54 percent of the vote after Las Vegas odds-maker Wayne Allyn Root dropped out following the fifth ballot and endorsed Barr. Delegates subsequently selected Root to be Barr’s running mate.
“Y’all party today,” Barr told the more than 600 delegates at the Sheraton Hotel. “I hope we celebrate, because I’m sure we’ll all leave here with the strongest ticket in the history of the Libertarian Party.”
Being the nominee for Libertarian party is kind of like being the star slugger for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sure, you are in the game and everything, but you aren’t getting anywhere near the title.
The problem for the Libertarian party is that they seem to simply be incapable of building a solid grass roots structure that is able to regularly field competitive candidates in local races. Here in WV, Richard Kerr ran a few times (and got my vote at least twice- I forget how many times he ran), but other than that, I don’t recall the last time I saw libertarians running.
And that makes sense, because at its core the Libertarian message is not conducive to the sort of retail politics that is required to get elected. No one is going to fill the bingo halls to hear about all the things you are not going to fund for your district. No one is going to go to the VFW to be told that there is no chance in hell you will ask for any earmarks for the region or to hear about the bridges you aren’t going to build if you win.
So, yeah. While there are certain core aspects of the libertarian message I feel are very important, you have to recognize what voting Libertarian really is- a protest vote.