Sunday, November 12, 2006

Well, crap.

As anyone who was paying attention knows, the elections held on the 7th were pretty dismal for Libertarians. It's not that we lost any ground; we didn't. Ballot access was maintained in many states; in Wyoming, we were awarded major-party status, for what that's worth. But neither Bob Smither or Michael Badnarik were elected to Congress; neither Phil Maymin nor Bruce Guthrie broke 1%. None of those names probably mean anything to many of y'all, and that's kind of a problem too.

So what do we need to do? The candidates the Libertarian Party ran in November 2006 were, from what I can tell, the best group of candidates it's ever run. The problem is that they were running for the wrong offices. Nobody will elect somebody they'd question on their city council to Congress. Libertarians need to put their best candidates in low-level races where they can get elected and make positive moves towards liberty, as opposed to living in a state of perpetual electoral martyrdom.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Maymin got 1.4%. It's on his website, and on the CNN website.

3:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Move to New Hampshire. They _elected_ a Free Stater, and 74 other pro-liberty candidates. Seems like the Free State Project is working, slowly but surely.

10:09 PM  
Blogger Free American said...

I'd like to see libertarian janitors, principals, city clerks, and judges.

The legislative branch isn't the only one in need of libertarian ideals.

7:59 PM  
Blogger Free American said...

I'd like to see Libertarian janitors, principals, city clerks, and judges. The legislative and executive branches aren't the only ones in need of libertarian ideals.

8:00 PM  

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