Posted by Brad @ 6:04 pm on May 22nd 2008

The Libertarian National Convention

Begins today in Denver. We tried to get a liveblogger for the event, but alas could not.

FreedomDemocrats, however, has a nice roundup of coverage, including links to live-blogging from friends-of-the-site The Liberty Papers and Third Party Watch. You can also catch it being run on CSpan live beginning at 9 PM EST tonight.

Libertarian conventions are always a riot (thankfully, rarely literally), and I always, every cycle, wonder why I don’t make more of an effort to attend one. The political geek in me thinks it would be a lot of fun to just go see. This year promises to be full of fireworks, as the LP has been embroiled in a lot of internal strife of late, and the nominating contest for President is as heated as can be (if you think Bob Barr is a shoo-in, think again).

It also has the potential of playing at least some role in this year’s race for President. With a conservative base that’s never been particularly enthused by John McCain, and Barack Obama showing unusual strength in the deep south for a Democrat, some have speculated that a strong Libertarian candidate (specifically Bob Barr) might have the potential to have an impact, even flipping states like Georgie or Mississippi. The latest polling of the general election shows some enticing numbers, with Bar at 6% (and, 39% of voters believe it is somewhat or very likely that a third party candidate will be elected President in the next twenty-five years). Of course, the hope of having a real impact is aired every year by the Libertarians around their convention time, and it just never seems to materialize (and this far out, with the electorate not particularly polarized yet, third party choices enjoy a lot of inflated support that often doesn’t tend to translate into voting booth behavior come November). But on the heels of Ron Paul getting over a million votes and tens of millions of dollars, a Republican brand in disarray, and a lot of conservatives perhaps looking for a protest vote (and not moved to terror and instinctive circling-of-the-wagons by the prospect of an Obama presidency), it’s worth paying attention to.

In any event, I’ll try to keep up on news out of the convention, and relate the stuff that comes my way that has some general interest. At the very least, I’m fascinated to find out how the Presidential nomination comes out.


  1. Those Tucker Carlson rumors have now made it to the NY Times…

    Tucker Carlson for Prez…And James Carvile for campaign manager

    Comment by Kaligula — 5/22/2008 @ 8:37 pm

  2. By the way Kaligula, can I just take this opportunity to give you a personal huzzah on your Freedom Democrats stuff? That’s always been a great site (I assume it’s still Logan posting?), but your stuff, particularly on the libertarian end, has been consistently outstanding and informative. You’ve quickly become one of my favorite bloggers.

    Thanks. And cheers.

    Comment by Brad — 5/22/2008 @ 10:10 pm

  3. Brad, thanx for the kudos.

    On Freedom Democrats, LF=FD. LF has also started blogging on The Art of The Possible.

    Comment by Kaligula — 5/23/2008 @ 11:18 am

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