Steve G.

Supreme Court rules for McCain

In Libertarian on November 5, 2008 at 3:08 am

In an emergency hearing, the Supreme Court, citing the “original intent” interpretation of the Constitution, voted 5-4 that each ballot cast for Illinois Senator Barack Obama only counts as 3/5 of a vote.  As a result, Arizona Senator John McCain received a plurality of votes in all 50 states, giving him all 538 electors and the presidency.  Former Georgia Congressman and Libertarian Party nominee Bob Barr declared the results a vindication of his campaign strategy, touting his tie with Obama in the electoral college as evidence that the LP is no longer just a third party, but now the co-second most popular party in America.

  1. Ah, a return to sanity, at last.

  2. Is this supposed to be funny?

  3. I think the gigantic suckfest of Barr’s vote totals has unhinged your mind, Less.

  4. @Roscoe – Are you referring to my original intent or the modernist interpretation of commenters?

    Yes, it was a stab at a little constitutional humor. I was hoping for a hint of a smile among people familiar with the 3/5th clause of the constitution.

  5. For the first time in history, the Libertarian vote for president has gone up two elections in a row. Badnarik in 2004 got more votes than Harry Browne in 1996. And now Bob Barr has polled more votes than Badnarik.

    Barr’s vote total will be the 2nd highest in Libertarian Party history. I acknowledge I am only talking about vote totals, not percentages.

  6. Oops, I meant to say Badnarik in 2004 got more votes than Harry Browne in 2000.

  7. Obama would still get 3 electoral votes from D.C.

  8. What are the numbers for Barr? I have not found them on the LP website, but of course I didn’t look to hard. Figured they’d be displayed in big letters.

    BTW I pegged his count at about 500,00 some weeks ago and I think I did so on this blog. Maybe that’s in the memory bank.

  9. MHW: According to the AP, with 97% of precincts reporting, Barr got 489,546 votes. By way of comparison, Nader got 658,265 votes.

    http://hosted.ap.org/specials/election_night_2008/election_map_premium/index.html?SITE=MASPDELN

    According to LPedia, Michael Badnarik received 397,265 votes nationwide in 2004.

    http://www.lpedia.org/Michael_Badnarik

    I have someone with a long LP history working on an article about Barr’s nationwide and state-by-state vote totals, including comparisons with prior LP candidates. Hopefully I will have it soon.

  10. Great news, Mr. Winger. At this rate of increase, we will elect a Libertarian president in, what, 400 years?

  11. In New Hampshire, where there were two Libertarian presidential candidates, Barr got 2,173 votes (0.3%), and Phillies got 518 votes (0.1%). Also in New Hampshire, by comparison, Nader got 3,429 votes (0.5%).

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