Steve G.

The LPHQ NeoConspiracy

In Libertarian Party-US, Politics on May 21, 2008 at 4:19 am
  1. 2003: Bob Barr, disgraced by an electoral loss engineered by the Libertarian Party, becomes hellbent on revenge.
  2. He joins the LP and the LNC, and cozies up with the Beltwayite Statotarians who parasitically live off our membership dues.
  3. Among them, Stephen Gordon and Shane Cory.
  4. Gordon and Barr bond while suggestively slobbing the nobs of expensive cigars, and the Beltwayite Gordon — awestruck that a real, live Congresscritter is paying attention to him — falls for Barr’s plot hook, line and stinker.
  5. Gordon leaves the LPHQ and purchases the heretofore “fair and balanced” Third Party Watch. He skillfully gets the site indexed on Google News. Now the stage is set to use TPW as a bully pulpit for Barr, for whom Gordon has secretly been working behind the scenes.
  6. Barr and Viguerie hook up. (This may have come much earlier).
  7. Viguerie is made keynote speaker by the LPHQ neocons.
  8. Mary Ruwart emerges as the presumptive nominee.
  9. “Uh-oh.”
  10. The Beltwayite cabal engages in the lowest of lows, “anonymously” pegging Dr. Ruwart as a child pornographer — a story which “just happens” to break on Gordon’s TPW.
  11. Shane Cory, traitorous executive director of the Libertarian Party, unilaterally issues a press release to smear Dr. Ruwart. He knows this will result in his termination at LPHQ, but just like Gordon, he doesn’t care. He has “other opportunities.”
  12. Gordon sells TPW to the deep-pocketed Viguerie, who immediately censors all anti-Barr speech and revokes the press credentials of libertarian bloggers.
  13. The odious Shane Cory is made editor of TPW — the site that brought him down in the first place. Irony is a word often misused, but I think it’s apropos here.

The purpose of this plot: To use the LP like a 99-cent blowup doll and discard it in the trash afterwards, thus making the electoral world safe for warmongering statists on the Right forevermore.

  1. With impressive journalism like this, it astounds me as to why you guys were ever rejected for media credentials.

  2. GE – you rock. Good job.

  3. Great post GE!

  4. LOL. I guess you guys are big on amusing, contrived jokes. LOL.

  5. Richard Viguerie IS the anti-Christ, his angel is Bob Barr, and his sword is the Libertarian Party

    delawarelibertarian.blogspot.com/2008/05/richard-viguerie-is-anti-christ-his.html

  6. Is Richard Viguerie Trying to Buy the Libertarian Party?

    fairuse.100webcustomers.com/eg/nolan-vig.html

  7. S.G. … Seymore Glass… Stephen Gordon?

    CONSPIRACY!

    But seriously folks… There aren’t many assumptions in the 13-step scenario I’ve laid out above. It’s nearly all indisputable. What is outlandish about what I’ve presented?

  8. I told you so. Well it’s not exactly what I said, but pretty close.

  9. I think Viguerie has financial interests as well. The mailing list he will obtain has profit potential, as seen with Barr’s PAC.

  10. Several folks who have less viewers than LFV were granted press credentials. These are people who have been extremely critical of the LP and even downright rude to supporters of certain Libertarian candidates in the past.

  11. GE,

    You write:

    “There aren’t many assumptions in the 13-step scenario I’ve laid out above.”

    Beg to differ. There are at least two items that are assumptions at best and outright errors at worst.

    From the top:

    Bob Barr, disgraced by an electoral loss engineered by the Libertarian Party

    Barr’s electoral loss was at least as likely to have been due to him being redistricted into competition with another popular incumbent. I’ve never seen any exit polling data indicating the LP’s wonderful commercial versus Barr in that election had any significant impact.

    The Beltwayite cabal engages in the lowest of lows, “anonymously” pegging Dr. Ruwart as a child pornographer — a story which “just happens” to break on Gordon’s TPW.

    If you have any information supporting the notion that any cabal was behind the “anonymous pegging,” or that Gordon or TPW were in any way involved other than being the venue the pegger chose, pray share it. Otherwise, the most obvious explanation is that TPW tends to attract those who want to discuss — and possibly have an ax to grind over — LP affairs.

  12. I said there weren’t MANY assumptions. You picked out 2 of 13 points. I’d say 2 out of 13 isn’t “many.”

  13. I’m a Georgia Libertarian, and mean no offense to my state affiliate here… but all the bragging about how we “engineered the defeat” of Barr from Congress is chest-thumping utter bullshit.

    The state legislature and Governor’s mansion were held by Democrats while Barr was in Congress. After Barr lead the impeachment against Clinton, the Dems were mad enough to target Barr specifically. They redrew his Congressional district to be majority-Democrat. Rather than face certain loss, Barr chose probable loss by challenging another Republican incumbent in his home turf.

    The LP ran one or two TV ads, criticizing Barr on the drug legalization issue. After Barr lost in the primary (against an incumbent on their home turf, shocking)… the LP tried to claim credit. However, since this congressional district is known for being the place where Hustler magazine publisher Larry Flynt was shot and paralyzed for selling nude photos… I doubt that a drug legalization ad hurt Barr here rather than helped him.

  14. So who benefits if Barr is the nominee and manages to Naderite Sen. mcCain? And let’s say Barr significantly misrepresents the LP late in the campaign when time is too short to disavow him? I don’t understand why the LP would be in pieces afterward. Voters forget the Clintons’ lies ten minutes after they utter them, so if the core of the LP keeps moving ahead with its principles, there will be very little fallout for our ’09 races. And any party that doesn’t know how to dismiss a rogue candidate and move forward probably doesn’t deserve to succeed.

  15. See More Glass

    see more glass

    Not any sort of commentary; I’m just a (former) big fan of Salinger and especially poor SeeMore. But I don’t get the suicide thing.

    Re: GE’s post: It isn’t required that we beleive Barr, Vigeruie, et al. have bad motives to see that they do in fact want to reshape the LP. We can grant them the courtesy of assuming they have what they beleive to be the LP’s (and the county’s) best interest at heart, while still vigorously disagreeing that this is the case. The point is that for us, their *motives* do not matter; it is their *actions* which really should concern us. Libs simply have to decide if they wish to allow the Party to be redefined as the New Republican Party, or whether they wish it to remain the Libertarian Party.

    Stop staring at my feet!!

  16. http://www.libertyforall.net.–great article.
    This comment has been pulled off of third party watch twice today and my 3rd attempt is awaiting the moderator. Serious censorship by Mr. Cory?

  17. http://www.libertyforall.net
    the comment above grabbed an extra word for the link.

  18. GE, not much time to comment, but I think you mischaracterize Steve Gordon. Among other things, he was instrumental in convincing Mary Ruwart to run.

    Seymour Glass Says:

    May 21, 2008 at 4:31 am
    With impressive journalism like this, it astounds me as to why you guys were ever rejected for media credentials.

    Actually, GE’s credentials are approved, as are Tom Knapp’s. Mine are still being worked on.

  19. but all the bragging about how we “engineered the defeat” of Barr from Congress is chest-thumping utter bullshit.

    Correct.

  20. Re: GE’s post: It isn’t required that we beleive Barr, Vigeruie, et al. have bad motives to see that they do in fact want to reshape the LP. We can grant them the courtesy of assuming they have what they beleive to be the LP’s (and the county’s) best interest at heart, while still vigorously disagreeing that this is the case. The point is that for us, their *motives* do not matter; it is their *actions* which really should concern us. Libs simply have to decide if they wish to allow the Party to be redefined as the New Republican Party, or whether they wish it to remain the Libertarian Party.

    Correct again.

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