hey plan to ballot through lunch, but there will be natural breaks where they can take care of needs. Sandwiches available.
I heard the names George Phillies and Christine Smith.
The nominee will be chosen by majority vote. Those who receive the fewest vots and those polling less than 5% are removed from subsequent ballots. Lather, rinse, repeat until someone has a majority.
Something I wonder about with the LP is that the delegates don’t necessarily vote for who their constituents would want. I find that odd, since people are credentialed so they can represent their state, but in the end they represent themselves.
I heard Mike Jingozian’s name, and Christine Smith’s name.
I see PaulieCannoli just kind of wandering around by himself.
Did the Barr supporters actually think it was a good idea to interrupt the speaker by walking through with their signs? That doesn’t seem to be a very good idea, especially given the crowd’s extremely negative reaction. As I said before, I suspect that just lost him the nomination. I wonder whether he was behind that or approved it, and if not what he thinks about it.
They’re showing a guy with some major body modification. He has the giant rings in his earlobes, like you see in some native tribes. I wonder if it hurts to do that? I think they just do it very slowly, a little bit bigger hole each time until it’s the size you want.
They keep showing the same Barr delegate, trying to talk people into supporting him. He seems to be trying to convince either a Ruwart or Smith supporter to vote Barr for Prez, the female for VP, but the supporter shot him down and said she would not run with any candidate she has major problems with, and she has major problems with Barr.
Interesting if they were referring to Ruwart, because a lot of people have said that Barr/Ruwart is their preferred ticket.
Some guy just said “Vote Mike Gravel” into the roaming camera.
Hancock is saying he thinks Americans will wake up. Another guy is talking about the Federal Reserve. Hancock wants to stop the debt.
I need to put a television in my kitchen, because I really need to clean the kitchen but I also want to watch this. I guess the kitchen will have to wait. Argh.
I’ll be back, need to take my pain medication.
I’m back. I feel kind of guilty for spending so much time doing this, when it’s my partner’s only day off this week. I really wish some of the contributors would jump in and give me a hand.
They seem to be adding up votes. Wayne Allyn Root got zero votes from his home state of Nevada, they were shocked by that. That’s not a good sign for him.
I see someone in a “V for Vendetta” mask coming toward the camera.
State by state announcement of results in five minutes. I’ll try to keep up with that, but I’m on a different computer than usual so my fingers on a strange keyboard may not cooperate.
Some woman in a weird hat is talking about her mom watching it on C-Span, but is using a very strange voice in her impersonation. I get the impression she just wants to be on television.
Some guy is telling Gravel that he may have beaten Phillies in the first round.
I forgot to mention earlier, but someone wrote in Ron Paul.
Results in one minute.
By the way, did I mention on LFV that the LP’s Media Director, Andrew Davis, was photographed a couple of years ago carrying an “Adam and Eve not Adam and Steve” sign? I have it on my computer, if anyone wants to see it.
Results to be alphabetical. They have limited supplies of paper, so they want people to put votes on only a small piece of it. Huh?
New Hampshire: Talking about how great their state is, blah blah. Get on with it already. NOTA 1, Barr 1, Gravel 1, Phillies 3, Ruwart 3
New York: What happened to New Jersey and New Mexico?
New Jersey: Ruwart 3, Root 11
New Mexico: Gravel 1, Kubby 2, Root 1, Ruwart 3, Smith 1, William Colin 1 (Huh?)
New York: Barr 4, Gravel 4, Jingozian 1, Kubby 1, Phillies 0, Root 6, Ruwart 5, Smith 0, NOTA 0
North Carolina: Gravel 1, Barr 2, Ruwart 5
North Dakota: No delegates
Ohio: blah blah blah. Get on with it. Ruwart 3, Root 7
Oklahoma: Ruwart 1, Kubby 3, Barr 3
Oregon: blah blah, blah. Get on with it. That poor guy is so nervous he’s shaking like a leaf. Jingozian 9, Gravel 3, Barr 1, Root 1, Ruwart 1, Smith 1
Pennsylvania: Barr 6, Phillies 4, Gravel 7, Jingozian 1, Ruwart 2, Kubby 1, Penn Jillette also got votes
Rhode Island: Phillies 2
South Carolina: blah, blah. Root 1, Gravel 3, Barr 8
South Dakota: Root 3
Tennessee: blah, blah. Phillies 1, Kubby 1, Root 1, Barr 3, Ruwart 8
Texas: blah, blah. Barr 8, Gravel 4, Kubby 2, Phillies 1, Root 6, Ruwart 14
Utah: blah, blah. Barr 2, Gravel 1, Kubby 2, Ruwart 2
Vermont: Ruwart 1
Virginia: blah, blah. Barr 10, Gravel 1, Jingozian 1, Root 1, Ruwart 3
Washington: blah, blah. Barr 1, Gravel 4, Kubby 1, Phillies 2, Root 3, Ruwart 3
West Virginia: blah, blah. Gravel 1, Ruwart 2
Wisconsin: Gravel 2, Ruwart 4
Wyoming: Ruwart 1, Barr, 1, Gravel 1
Alabama: Gravel 1, Kubby 1, Ruwart 2, Barr 7
Alaska: Barr 1, Ruwart 1, Root 2
Arizona: Ruwart 8, Kubby 3, Barr 2, Gravel 2, Root 1, Phillies 1
Arkansas: blah blah. Imperato 1
California: blah, blah. Ron Paul 1, kubby 6, Gravel 9, Phillies 10, Barr 17, Ruwart 20, Root 38
Colorado: Barr 2, Gravel 2, Jingozian 2, Kubby 2, Phillies 2, Root 9, Ruwart 4, Smith 1, NOTA 1, Ron Paul 3
Connecticut: Ruwart 1, Kubby 2, Gravel 2
Delaware: Ron Paul 1
District of Colombia: Barr 3
Florida: Gravel 2, Phillies 2, Root 1, Ruwart 5, Barr 9
Georgia: Ruwart 2, Barr 33
Hawaii: blah, blah. Kubby 1
Idaho: Barr 1, Gravel 1, Jingozian 1, Kubby 2, Root 1, Ruwart 1
Illinois: blah, blah. Phillies 1, Root 1, Gravel 1, Kubby 2, Jingozian 2, Barr 2, Ruwart 10
Indiana: blah blah. Root 6, Gravel 5, Barr 4, Phillies 3, Jingozian 2, Ruwart 2
Iowa: Phillies 3, Root 2, Ruwart 1, Gravel 1
Kansas: Barr 4, Root 3, Ruwart 2, Jingozian 1
Kentucky: Root 3, Ruwart 1
Louisiana: Smith 1, Ruwart 1, Gravel 1, Barr 2, Root 3
Maine: He is so nervous he can barely speak, but tries to make jokes. Barr 1, Kubby 1, Ruwart 1, Ron Paul 1
Maryland: Barr 2, Phillies 5, Kubby 1, Ruwart 2
Massachusetts: blah blah. Phillies 6
Michigan: blah, blah. Barr 4, Gravel 3, Jingozian 1, Kubby 1, Root 5, Ruwart 12
Minnesota: Phillies 1, Smith 1, Barr 2, Root 2, Ruwart 1
Mississippi: Barr 1, Root 1, Ruwart 2
Missouri: blah blah. Gravel 1, Kubby 3, Barr 5, Root 4, Ruwart 4, Jingozian 2
Montana: Phillies 2, Ruwart 1, Kubby 1
Nebraska: Ruwart 3
Nevada: Ruwart 1, Kubby 1, Smith 1, Gravel 6
Results of first ballot:
Barr 153 votes – 25%
Ruwart 152 votes – 25%
Root 123 votes – 20%
Gravel 71 votes – 11%
Plus ten write-ins
(Sorry, they didn’t keep it up long enough for me to copy all of them.)
Jingozian and Smith excluded from second ballot
He was asked to put the results back up, but he said he can’t do that because the computer is being used for something else. Eventually read out totals.
Jingozian concession speech; not giving up, will be back. Stumps for VP? Not about him, it’s about what’s good for the party. Endorses Gravel again.
Smith concession speech. Disappointed, but is visibly angry about Barr being on top. Bashes conservatives. She’s pissed. Says Barr is not a Libertarian, “we don’t trust you!” She thanks her supporters. Said “put a libertarian on the ballot”, got boo’d. Damn, that is one angry woman. I get the distinct impression that she is extremely pissed at getting only 6 votes. Did she really expect to get more than that?
Being interviewed, Christine Smith says libertarians are selling out. Says people are leaving LP if Barr is chosen. Damn, she’s angry again. Says Barr needs to use the media he brags about to apologize to people who are in prison because of his laws. Says libertarians are selling out by supporting Barr. Says it’s all for nothing if we sell out. Barr is not a libertarian, is wolf in sheep’s clothing, etc.
She kind of has a point, in my opinion, though she goes about expressing that point the wrong way.
No state-by-state ballots this time.
Bob Barr 30%
Kubby eliminated from next ballot. Again, they didn’t leave it up long enough for me to get all the numbers. Argh.
They’re reading out the state-by-state, but I’m not even going to try to keep up with that.
Kubby giving concession speech. Endorses Ruwart.
My other half just told me he’s going to make us some steaks for dinner. Yum. I hope this is over by then, or that at least one of the contributors has come by to help. Otherwise, I’m closing up shop. I don’t want to spend my entire holiday weekend stuck inside liveblogging.
Some guy (Joe Johnson) was making a speech, but not about the candidates, so I walked downstairs to talk to my other half for a few minutes. I’m back now, and he’s still talking. Geez.
He finally stopped talking, thank goodness.
Mary Ruwart is talking to a small group of people, she seems to have serious concerns about Bob Barr. She says he will legalize medical marijuana, but not heroin or crack. She says our media is the internet. She also says Ron Paul supporters will not support Barr. Libertarians in the LGBT community are telling her that if Barr is elected, they’re leaving. She thinks Ron Paul might talk about her, but I think that’s doubtful.
However, I absolutely will not support Bob Barr under any circumstances, so she might be right about a defection. I won’t defect, but I also won’t give Barr any positive press.
Total results of third ballot:
Tied for first place between Barr and Ruwart (186), followed by Root, Gravel, and Phillies in last place. Someone wrote in Ron Paul again. They are just reading out the state totals quickly, so again I’m not going to try to keep up with them.
Fourth ballot; Phillies eliminated. That’s a shame, but on the bright side I guess he saved himself the $100,000 he was going to spend on his campaign.
Phillies concession speech. Disappointed that not one person has asked him to endorse someone they wanted to lose. Big laughter over that. Will not speak ill of a fellow Libertarian. Nice guy. Acknowledges Gravel for debating a Libertarian when he was running as a Democrat. Thanks Ruwart and Barr for entering race to do what they think is right for the party. Voting majority of his state is neopagan, he wanted to make that point, undoubtedly directed at Barr. Enemy is Democratic Party and conservatives. We are the party of the future. Nice speech, but I was hoping he would endorse someone.
I want to say this. George Phillies is a really nice guy. I realize some people have a problem with him, but I’m not one of those people. He has always treated both me and LFV with fairness and respect, and even offered to help get GE press credentials when they were denied by LPHQ, so LFV could cover the convention. George is a good man, a dedicated libertarian, and I will always think very well of him.
Barr, Gravel, Ruwart and Root on fourth ballot.
Root people talking about how he needs to take 40 votes from Gravel. That is never going to happen, because anyone who supports Mike Gravel is never going to support Wayne Root.
Gravel talking to someone, says this is a vehicle for him to get out his message, to give power back to the people.
Root walking by with his fake infomercial smile. Talking to Gravel, then someone pointed out the camera.
Barr and Ruwart still tied for first place, Gravel in last place. Gravel will be out of the fifth ballot. He doesn’t seem to be making a speech, though. I wonder why? They show him talking to people, so he is still there. he says it’s a collective decision, and he respects it. He said to that person that he voted for Root out of the three still left. What? Damn, now I’ve lost respect for Gravel. I would have thought that he was supporting NOTA.
Gravel says this is the end of his political career. He would not have done anything differently. He is not going to make a speech. He is going to push the National Initiative until the day he dies. He says this is all politics as usual, that representative government is broken, and libertarians have chosen not to fix it.
He says he would vote for Barr before he’d vote for Ruwart, if it comes down to the two of them.
Fifth ballot totals: Ruwart 229, Barr 223, Root 165, NOTA 6
Root is out of the sixth ballot. I have a feeling the Root supporters will support Barr, not Ruwart, based upon her statements about child porn; remember, it was Root who raised a big stink about that. If Ruwart wins, I will be very surprised.
Root making concession speech. It’s not over, he wants to be Barr’s VP. No surprise there. Says he has been respectful to all candidates, but that’s not true because he was not respectful to Mary Ruwart. He keeps raising his fist into the air and saying ‘Bang!” What a retard.
Sixth ballot is Barr vs Ruwart vs NOTA. It will be interesting to see how many votes NOTA gets this time.
Root and Barr are embracing. Root’s daughter is there, he’s talking about her running for president again. Boring. Root’s baby is on TV, cute kid. Root was asked why he didn’t endorse Barr. Root never actually answered the question, but says he and Barr can change the face of the country. Yawn. If it’s a Barr/Root ticket, I will no longer support the LP, because that will be proof that it has been taken over by conservatives. I have never supported a conservative candidate, and I’m not about to start now.
People are walking around with Ruwart signs. Some woman is telling people to vote Barr/Root, talking about the next 12 years. If that’s the ticket, the LP will be unrecognizable long before then.
Some guy is talking about VP voting, says Ruwart’s people will want her, but Ruwart will not accept running with Barr. You can hear people chanting “Barr/Root! Barr/Root!” Other people are chanting “Mary! Mary!”
If the winner of this round does not win by a majority, will they still have to go up against NOTA? That would be interesting, LOL.
Results of sixth ballot: Barr 324, Ruwart 276, NOTA 4
Ruwart speaking. Thanks supporters and campaign team. She thanked LFV’s own Jason Seagraves right after her husband. Jason, you’re supposed to clap for the other people she’s introducing, LOL. Then again, Nancy Neal clapped for herself, and that’s a bigger faux pas. She says it’s time to get on with the business of the party. She says nothing about being interested in becoming the Vice Presidential nominee.
Barr will address delegates about the Vice Presidential nominee. Called Redpath the greatest political leader in the US. Um, yeah. Talked about seeing people in a Barr administration cabinet. Um, yeah. Talks about his son, thanks him. Derek is his son’s name. Introduces his wife, Geri Barr (not sure of spelling, I just guessed). Russ Verney on staff. Gawd, this man is boring. Says it will be historic and positive campaign that will succeed, not in race to make a point, or to send message, is “campaign that will win”. Um, yeah. Introduces Steve Gordon and Shane Corey. The man is either lying or delusional, because there is no way he can win the general election.
Taking recess until 4:15, which should be 7:15pm EST.
C-Span did not pick up the VP nominations after all, but Root won.
The LP ballot for the 08 election is Barr/Root.
It looks like Barr has a live stream at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/bob-barr-2008, and I’m really sick of liveblogging (and even sicker of watching this crap on television), so I’m signing out. (Thanks to Jacqueline Passey for the link!)