Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Montana Republican not happy with the Libertarian Party


From the Ravalli Republic, Dec. 13:
Republican Party: Libertarian efforts hurt electability

The Republican Party needs to have a serious conversation with the Libertarian Party. If they don’t, it will be increasingly difficult to win a statewide election in Montana.

The experts did their post-election analysis and came up with the usual suspects: The Democrats were better organized; they reached out to single women; they captured the Indian vote; they got the independent vote, and so forth. All well and good except this is not the reason for the loss.

The Republicans lost because of the Libertarian candidates on the ballot. Consider: Rick Hill was defeated by some 6,000 votes, yet the Libertarian captured some 18,000 votes. Guess where those votes go if there is no Libertarian on the ballot. Same thing for the Senate race. Denny Rehberg lost by some 18,000 votes; the Libertarian candidate captured some 30,000 votes. Figure it out.

This happens because a third party drains votes from the coalition party to which it is closest and helps elect the coalition party that is further removed from its interests.

Put another way: The Libertarian Party’s effort will attract more libertarian voters away from the candidate who is marginally less hostile to liberty, and help hand the election to the candidate who is more hostile to liberty.

Libertarian activists must choose the party they feel more comfortable working within. It is an obvious call that libertarian activists should be working within the Republican Party. Get involved in the nominating election, not the general election. Work to get your candidates nominated, then carry the battle forward.

Despite all this, some libertarians continue to insist that, because the Republican and Democrats are equally bad for liberty, it makes no difference who gets elected. Libertarians better rethink that message. In recent years Republicans have been far better for liberty and the Democrats have been worse.

Aubrey D. Larson, Stevensville
Editor's comment - MT GOP why not take the first step to mend the divide. Appoint a couple Libertarian Party members to elective office in Montana. Hire some Libertarian staffers for GOP legislators in Helena. Invite them to GOP functions, like picnics and parties.


Erich Domdero said...

I get it now. Eric never got invited to parties.

Eric Dondero said...

Just swinger's parties. I never got invited to Sunday afternoon football BBQs.

While the dudes were watching the Jets and Pats, I was banging the hot lesbian chics making out on the water bed.

Gary said...

Oh the poor, poor GOP. Those "evil" other parties on the ballot daring to exercise their right to run for office.

I have an idea. The Montana GOP should act to ban all independents and small parties from general election ballots just like California does.

That way in November there can one giant circle jerk of Statists on the ballot. Unapproved thought must be crushed.

Erich Domdero said...

You are a very strange person Eric. And its 'chicks' not 'chics'. Chic is different.

Chuck said...

" Hire some Libertarian staffers for GOP legislators in Helena. Invite them to GOP functions, like picnics and parties."

In other words, lend support to your political enemies.