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Bob Barr official announcement is here from USA Today via Third Party Watch (www.thirdpartywatch.com) Go over to Reason.com (www.reason.com/blog) Hit and Run for more, including audio from his press conference.
The Libertarian Party Convention is May 22-24 and it will be the party’s most important IMHO given the circumstances of the times. While there are a lot of candidates running, they fall into two distinct groups: purists and pragamatists. Bob Barr, Mike Gravel and Wayne Allyn Root are the leading pragmitist candidates and Mary Ruwart, George Phillies and Steve Kubby are the leading purist candidates.
If the LP choosely wisely (Barr, event Root, a Gravel on the ticket) they could break the million vote barrier and deep-six McCain. If they choose poorly (Phillies, althought he’s more unknown than anything else, Kubby, and especially Mary Ruwart), they might as well take a gun to their heads and pull the trigger, (especially if Ruwart wins). They will either be a credible non-major party after that weekend or become a collection of freakos who might as well nominate the ticket ofÂ Cheech and Chong and get it over with (wait, maybe I shouldn’t suggest this).
I know who would love to see Mary Ruwart win the LP nomination, Chuck Baldwin. In fact I think he’ll be her her biggest fan, tounge and cheek. Certainly it would change the political dynamic and open new options for the Constitution Party.
You can keep up withÂ news on the LP conventionÂ at Third Party Watch.