Steve G.

Brian Doherty: Where the Libertarian Party went wrong

In Libertarian, Libertarian Party-US, Libertarian Politics, Media, Politics on November 17, 2008 at 10:10 pm

 With the nomination of former Republican Congressman Bob Barr, many in the Libertarian Party anticipated the LP’s most successful presidential campaign to date. In his definitive postmortem, Senior Editor Brian Doherty explains where the Barr campaign went wrong.

Read all about it here.

  1. Readers should recall that the FEC filings covering spending close to election day have not yet become available.

  2. What troubles me is that I just received a letter in the mail yesterday, from the Barr campaign *asking for more money* so that they can “clear up some financial obligations”.


    Dude! You raised more than a million dollars. Considering your piss poor results, you should have quite a bit left over from that million plus.

    George, I know you pour over those FEC filings; I can’t wait to see and hear from you on the final books on the Barr campaign.

  3. William, you can probably blame that great independent Treasury agency, the post office, for that late arrival.

  4. “Shane Cory told Atlanta magazine. The folks who had dominated the party in those long, lonely pre-Barr years, he said, “had changed it from a political party into a debating society. It was the church of Libertarianism. I’m not saying that in a condescending way. But we’re turning it around. This is a more pragmatic approach.”

    There is a particular group within the party that likes to use phrasing such as this to prop up their point. So far from what I have seen that is about all they do. Just talk.

    As to Mr. Cory’s responsibility as Executive Director of the LPUS. He had ample time to work on making the LP more effective, but imo failed to do so and often seemed to have a poor reply when approached with an idea.

    I’m trying to be polite, but am having a difficult time doing so.

    Maybe I better go do some real work.


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