Libertarian Party Makes An Open Appeal To Ron Paul’s Supportersby Doug Mataconis
With Ron Paul’s Presidential campaign all but officially over, there’s a small but sizeable group of voters out there up for play, and the Libertarian Party is looking for them.
First, the Party issued this statement last week when John McCain’s victory became apparent:
Washington, D.C. – Following a solid McCain victory in the Super Tuesday primaries, the Libertarian Party has sent Republican headquarters a funeral wreath marking the death of limited-government values within the Republican Party. The wreath was hand-delivered to the D.C. offices of the Republican National Committee. “We simply felt the need to express our heartfelt sympathy for the Republican Party as they undergo this tough time within their party,” says Libertarian Party National Media Coordinator Andrew Davis, who delivered the wreath.
“Given that it has become readily apparent that Senator McCain will soon be the presidential nominee for the Republican Party,” reads a card that accompanied the wreath addressed to RNC Chairman Mike Duncan, “we, the staff of the Libertarian National Committee, send our condolences to you upon the death of small-government principles within the GOP.”
And then, today, Wayne Root, the leading candidate for the LP’s Presidential nomination said this:
Ron Paul bowed out honorably a few days ago- not only as a GOP Presidential candidate, but as a third party candidate as well. That shocked and saddened his supporters- many of whom are dedicated Libertarians.
But I say BRAVO! Doctor Paul waged a long and courageous battle – raising more money; generating more media attention; attracting more committed and passionate supporters; and attracting more voters than any political expert or Beltway insider ever imagined possible.
Ron Paul certainly created more energy, enthusiasm and passion than any 72 year old in American political history! And, more than any Libertarian ever.
God bless him.
He’s quite a hero. But now the onus falls on the Libertarian Party and its Presidential candidate to pick up the ball and cross the goal line. This is no time for a fumble. This is no time for indecision. This is no time to concede defeat. Ron Paul was the starting quarterback. He got the ball past midfield.
Now that he’s out of the game, it’s up to all of us to push the ball over the goal line for a touchdown. We must work together to do so.
Frankly, I’m not sure that the tactic will work, or that a lot of Paul supporters will go to Root or the LP, but, heck, it’s worth a shot. Honestly, the best that the LP could have hoped for this year would have been for Paul himself to run as a Libertarian in November, but that’s not going to happen.