So Badnarik received roughly 379k votes. That's about 25k less than Nader for third place and 15k less then Harry Browne tallied in 2000. I wasn't
expecting miracles, but I figured on at least a half million votes.
So what went wrong? I have a few ideas.
1. This is probably the most important and obvious one: No media coverage!
2. People got scared. They went to the polling place intending to vote for Badnarik but in the end felt it was too important to "throw it away". In
PA he got about 20k votes while other LP candidates received three times that.
3. Poor campaign management. While this is all in hindsight of course, here's a few things they did wrong: Too many resources for about 2000 votes in
New Mexico. How did polling go from 5% to virtually nil in a month? Too many resources were put in "swing states" as a whole. These people are
already inundated by the big two, they also believe that their vote is more important than people in other states that historically lean right or
left. And who thought it was a good idea for Mike to get arrested? A noble gesture, but not a Presidential one.
4. I guess this is another problem with campaign management, but it seems like he was running as a protest candidate, not a legitimate one. Badnarik
took positions on why things shouldn't be, but didn't give many solutions on how to fix them.
on issues in 2000 was what drew me to the LP, Badnarik preached to the
5. Mike Badnarik himself. I know that will make a few of you mad, but it's true. He's a smart guy, a nice guy, and an honest guy - I voted for and
supported him, but he's no Presidential candidate. Look at LP candidates of the past: Ron Paul, a doctor who is now in the House of Representatives.
Harry Browne is a NY Times #1 selling author in the field of investment. Ed Clarke graduated from Dartmouth and got a Law Degree from Harvard. Mike
Badnarik doesn't believe in zip codes. We need candidates with more credibility than that. The divisions in the LP that caused him to be our own
"lesser of two evils" need to be mended.
So, what should we do in the future? I have some more ideas.
1. A national convention, somewhere in the middle of the country summer of next year. Hopefully getting the state chairs or members of leadership in
the state level from all 50 states. This would be a special convention, not like the ones that "take care of business" every two years. It's sole
purpose to mend fences and bang out a solid stance on how and why our ideas can work for the US. Discuss possible '08 Presidential candidates and how
we could get them to run. Organize, organize, organize!!!
2. Run more Senate/Representative candidates, and put more resources into them. There's a much better chance we could get a Representative elected
than a President, and you can only grow from there.
3. Run a more grassroots Presidential campaign, freeing up some resources for other candidates with greater chances of victory. Keep a seperate
Presidential fund, and a separate LP fund. Nominate the Presidential candidate much earlier then June of the election year.
4. Don't run as a spoiler. Essentially that's what we did tried to do in some states. Put more resources in huge, essentially uncontested states
like California, Texas, and New York. They pretty much know who is going to win in those states and wouldn't worry about a wasted vote. Also, since
those states are pretty much won before an election even happens, the big two don't waste money on ads and campaigning there. The Libertarian
candidate would get a lot more attention that way.
5. Since the Constitution is the the LP's greatest weapon, run some kind of Constitutional knowledge campaign. E-mails, fliers, billboards, and
national TV spots every now and again. Possibly develop free curriculum for history and social studies teachers.
6. Most importantly, don't forget about the LP for the next 3 and a half years!!!
Well thanks for listening!
You may now return to your HAW HAW my guy won. Or, oh no! The sky is falling threads.