So says Chris Barber of the LP GA’s Executive Committee in a fundraising email sent to folks on Stephen Gordon’s email list on behalf of Libertarian candidate for Senate Allen Buckley. Chris then goes on to helpfully demonstrate his lack of political correctness by outlining his idea of Buckley’s strategy: getting a higher vote total than Republican Saxby Chambliss (who, some of you will remember, was a recipient of funding from Bob Barr’s PAC during this election cycle while Barr was serving on the LNC), forcing a runoff between Buckley and and the Democratic Party candidate.
Why does he think this is such a no-brainer? Because… hold your breath … black people won’t bother to vote in a runoff! In his own words:
With your help, Allen Buckley can win a run-off against the Democrat. Why will this work? Because in Georgia, African Americans, which make up the base of the Democratic party, have an absolutely abysmal record of voting in run-offs, Obama will have already won… enough said.
Yes, enough said, indeed. In fact, more than enough said. This is not the sort of remark that needs to be going in Libertarian fundraising appeals.
The ‘strategy’ – besides being based on fairly racist assumptions – is lame to begin with. Stipulating that Barber is correct that a runoff is ‘inevitable’ (that is; that no one will get over 50%), and that the Dem will get just under 50% and that Buckley will split the remaining half with Chambliss, Buckley will need around 27% (this is Barber’s figure – let’s just take it for now). The figures Barber cites for Buckley are “[a] recent poll put Allen Buckley for US Senate ‘08 at 8%; our Republican sources tell us that number could actually be as high as 13%” – which means that the ‘strategy’ consists of taking a number, adding a few wish-points to it, and then making a double-wish sundae of it and adding a cherry-point at the top – all within in the next five days. This reminds me of the desperate ‘never say die’ appeals of the waning days of the Clinton campaign this spring.
Constant last-minute fundraising appeals based on Libertarian strategies for winning against odds those large this late really weaken the Party, I think. Saying ‘politically incorrect’ things such as that your strategy relies on blacks being habitutally too lazy to vote is simply stupid.