Steve G.

Libertarian rumor mill item: Tom Knapp

In Activism, Boston Tea Party, Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Politics, Thomas L. Knapp on November 5, 2008 at 10:59 pm

An interesting little domain factoid:

Domain Name: KNAPP2012.COM
  Registrar: GODADDY.COM, INC.
  Whois Server:
  Referral URL:
  Name Server: NS421.HOSTGATOR.COM
  Name Server: NS422.HOSTGATOR.COM
  Status: clientDeleteProhibited
  Status: clientRenewProhibited
  Status: clientTransferProhibited
  Status: clientUpdateProhibited
  Updated Date: 05-nov-2008
  Creation Date: 24-jun-2006
  Expiration Date: 24-jun-2009

Does this mean that Tom Knapp is considering a presidential run in 2012? 

He certainly has respect within the libertarian movement, and of course he is the founder of the Boston Tea Party.  Could he be looking toward a possible LP/BTP fusion candidacy?  Only time (and Tom) can tell.

  1. I smell some kind of joke, with you in tow! 😀

  2. He could be planning on running for anything in 2012.

  3. I do not think he is running for President. As a Vice-Presidential candidate of the Boston Tea Party he only received 2,311 votes. That is quite a drop from Bob Barr’s 490,363 votes.

  4. Jose,

    Actually, as a vice-presidential candidate of the Boston Tea Party, I only received 1,003 votes (my name only appeared on the ballot in Tennessee).

    Tom Knapp

  5. Een socialist America, you don’t run for President, President runs for YOU.
    Well, at least your wallet.

  6. Joy,

    It’s a little late, or very early, for that. The 2008 election was several days ago, and I haven’t declared for any office in any future election.

    But thanks for the sentiment!

  7. Tom, I believe, created the Keaton/Shinghal 2012 Facebook page so I doubt he’d be keen on opposing us.

  8. I would support Tom for anything he may wish to do in the future, whatever that may be.

  9. Miche,

    I discourage anyone from interpreting any of my statements here as evidence that I intend to (or to not) run for president in 2012, but …

    Running in the same race you’re running in (if, indeed, you run)wouldn’t necessarily constitute “opposing” you.

    By way of historical example, this year one candidate (Steve Kubby) actually asked another (Mary Ruwart) to enter the race, and their campaigns mutually supported each others’ in various ways (including but not limited to Kubby seconding me to Ruwart’s campaign to do some work).

    I can even offer a good strategic/theoretical reason for non-oppositional campaigns to compete, and will do so using a hypothetical Knapp vs. Keaton/Shinghal vs others scenario:

    There might be some libertarians who would gladly support either Knapp or Keaton/Shinghal, but who are especially motivated to be active in supporting one or the other. Thus, the campaign which is eventually eliminated at the convention would be in a position to have brought its supporters to that dance, and then turned them over to another partner … when otherwise, they might not have made it to the dance in the first place.

    Tom Knapp

  10. Bob S was right…


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