Posted by Rojas @ 2:11 pm on March 31st 2009

Blogroll addition

The Republican Liberty Caucus has been working towards the Whitman/Brad version of the party since 1991. No bailouts, legalized drugs, balanced budgets, entitlement reform, gay rights…it’s all there.

Of course, the fact that they’ve been around for eighteen years and their closest ideological sympathizers have never heard of them doesn’t speak too highly of their effectiveness. Still…now’s the time to pick a new direction for the party, and these guys seem to me to have it down cold.

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  1. There was some talk in the Ron Paul inner circles, when they were still brainstorming where to go with the campaign, that they might attempt a friendly takeover of the RLC, or an alliance, or something. Takeover’s not quite the right word—basically they’d suddenly infuse the organization with Ron Paul’s star power and money and use that as a sort of controlling stake, revving things up and steering them towards greater relevancy. Or somesuch. Basically they were looking for any existing organizations that they might be able to attach the Revolution too, and RLC was the only one in existence that even remotely passed muster.

    I think they ultimately decided that it made more sense to just do the Campaign for Liberty style PAC/promo machine rather than compromise with what is basically just a congressional caucus (there are a lot of little congressional caucuses like it, some that amount to little more than honorariums and some that can be quite important in an inside baseball sort of way). But anytime I see a congressman that I recognize as being on it (or one that advertises their involvement in it), that guy or gal gets marked down in my cool book, as a rule.

    Comment by Brad — 3/31/2009 @ 2:35 pm

  2. The RLC seems to be much, much more a public advocacy organization than a congressional caucus, based on the material on their website anyway.

    That doesn’t mean, of course, that it’s incompatible with the CFL. Although there HAS been some immensely stupid purist bickering on the two groups’ message boards. These ought to be allied organizations.

    Comment by Rojas — 3/31/2009 @ 4:03 pm

  3. I think, to be honest, part of the reason they never officially threw in together was precisely because of stupid purist bickering, if I recall correctly. This or that specific bill that one supported and the other didn’t, that kind of thing. I think it was at least partly felt that aligning the two would require compromise on the Paulian part, but maybe that was just an opaque paranoia, I don’t know. I’m remember the discussions only piecemeal, and it was second or third hand besides.

    But part of it was I always thought that RLC was kind of a dormant congressional caucus. That as mostly my impression of it anyway.

    Comment by Brad — 3/31/2009 @ 4:21 pm

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