All the talk about Barr’s ballot access difficulties, as well as the problems of name substitution in several states and the Republican anti-Barr gambit in Pennsylvania, has me wondering: Why not move LP nominating conventions back to the year before the presidential election?
If I recall — and I may be wrong, please let me know if I am — the main argument for having the conventions in the year of the election was that it looked more “major party” and more confident. But there are many reasons to do it a year earlier, besides just ballot access. It allows more time to campaign, fundraise, and gain publicity. It also is more of a media draw — not much more, granted, but given how little mainstream media coverage the LP convention gets anyway, even a small increase is significant. I remember C-SPAN using the LP convention in 1991 (and ’87 too, I think) as the kickoff of its “Road To The White House” for the next year. It’s just a dead time politically, and the LP could conceivably benefit from the hungry news hole.
Are there reasons NOT to nominate the ’12 ticket in the summer of 2011?