I keep waiting for more of a splash! I understand the Libertarian party struggles for funds compared to the ‘big two’ but I would expect that would lead such a party to find more creative ways to catch news headlines. As a result I’ve still remained hesitant to donate time and money until I’m more convinced you can garner more support than in past elections.
Which leads me to a question…
It occurs to me that a lot of attention for Gary is overshadowed by Ron Paul. I don’t like Ron Paul as much as I do Gary. RP strikes me as an all-too-typical politico. The speed at which he threw his newsletter contributors ‘under the bus’ amid fallacious allegations of racist or controversial statements and disavowed any knowledge of them instead of using it as an opportunity to point out the hypocrisy, falsehoods and bias of the media and defend not only his authors but the truth and the 1st amendment freedoms of expression and the press was extremely disappointing if not alarming
But, like it or not, Ron Paul has a cult following of people who think they know what a liberty candidate is. Ron Paul is not it, especially when any issue of liberty crosses over his religious boundaries. But again, he has a core following.
Thus my question, is the libertarian party doing anything to try to explore or otherwise court Ron Paul as a potential VP for Gary Johnson? Gary is a better candidate but RP has more attention. A GJ/RP ticket could actually win an election where Romney and Obama are the other two choices. A GJ/RP ticket could have enough combined ideas in line with Tea Party sentiment to gain their support, not to mention a LOT of media attention. The combined media black-outs against both Gary and Ron could be used as a weapon to bludgeon the media into paying attention.
Have you guys considered this? If it was me, even if I thought it was a virtual impossibility, I would still have someone who’s job it was to scour the press every morning to find new reasons why it would be a good idea for Ron Paul to consider and have them call Ron’s campaign headquarters with those two tidbits every single morning to ask “what about now?”
Whether I like him or not, he would be a strong resource to make a libertarian ticket viable in 2012. (and he’s still better than Romney/Obama)