To: Dan from Michigan
I agree. The LP had some pretty good fiscal policies that the GOP should adapt (as well as their stance on guns), but the fact remains that the "leaders" of the LP are idiots. I can't help but notice that the nation's "third largest party" always end up in 5th place during major elections. It's obviously due to lousy candidates. If they WANTED to suck away conservative votes with a strong, viable alternative, they would have nominated Barry Hess for President instead of giving that kook Harry "less than 1%" Browne the nod again. As of now, the LP "peaked" in 1980 and shows no signs of repeating those earlier achivements. They insist on running no-name walking platforms who run single issue campaigns about legalizing drugs.
Looks like Mr. Skinner is gonna be another guy to end up with 0.4% of the vote and consider it a good run. A lot of Illinois conservatives are P'Oed at Jim Ryan now (I for one, won't vote for him unless he gets off script and acts like a human being), but for a protest vote, they can always leave the spot blank or write-in O'Malley's name. The LP slate of candidates in Illinois support an anti-millitary, pro-choice platform. If I wanted that, I'd vote Dem.
A 3rd party candidate has NEVER won statewide in Illinois history either (although our neighbor Wisconsin elected three governors from the Socialist Party). In fact, I read the last "3rd party" candidate for Governor to get over 1% of the vote was in 1912. This is a two-party state, whether people like it or not.
posted on 03/31/2002 2:23:23 PM PST
To: BillyBoy; Dan from Michigan
"the fact remains that the "leaders" of the LP are idiots"
As a registered Libertarian, here here. Idiots, dolts, and imbeciles.
You may be interested in a St. Louis race for Missouri State Representatitive, where a pro-life Libertarian is opposing the incumbent Democrat.
posted on 03/31/2002 5:01:13 PM PST
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