Saturday, November 17, 2012
Daily KOS spies Libertarian vote-siphoning
by Clifford F. Thies The left-Democrat Daily KOS notices that, in nine races, the Libertarian candidate garnered the margin of difference between the winning Democrat (necessarily receiving less than 50 percent of the vote) and the Republican. Among these are two U.S. Senate races and one Gubernatorial race. One of the two U.S Senate races and the one Gubernatorial race identified by Daily KOS are Montana races. Yes, our side should have won each of those races. But, we have to better connect with the libertarian sensibilities of the Rocky Mountain west. In the case of the Indiana U.S. Senate race, the Democrat got almost 50 percent of the vote. Almost all of those who voted Libertarian would have had to switch to the Republican. A better explanation of what happened in this Senate race is that the Republican said something insensitive to women who are victimized by rape. A similar (but even worse) thing happened in Senate race in Missouri. In both of these races, the Republican's appeal to both fellow Republicans and to independents fell precipitously upon their misstatements, with these voters shifting both to Democrat and to the Libertarian. Most prominent among the six Congressional races highlighted by Daily KOS was the Utah race in which Mia Love came this close to upsetting the incumbent Democrat, but failed because of vote siphoning. Ditto the race in Arizona where a similarly melatonin-rich Republican came up short. I'm just going to state the obvious one time: What's up with the Libertarian Party providing an outlet for people who have problems voting for Black Republicans?