Archive for May, 2008
Root concession speech:
“It’s not over, it’s just starting…I would like to be part of a Barr-Root ticket!”
Barr and Ruwart get 202, Root gets 149, Gravel 78. Only if 53 of 78 Gravel voters go for Root can he survive. No Gravel concession speech yet.
Barr and Ruwart get 186, Root gets 146, Gravel 78.
Not sure if Phillies eliminated, but his absolute % is under 5….chair just announced Phillies is eliminated, 4th ballot started.
Phillies: “I will not speak ill of a fellow libertarian”
“The enemy is not here…the enemy is out there!!!” (60 seconds of applause)
Barr 188, 30%
Ruwart 162, 25%
Root 138, ?%
Gravel 73, ?%
Phillies 36, 6%
Kubby about 30, 4%-eliminated
3rd ballot voting underway
Barr, 153 votes, 25%
Ruwart 152 votes, 25%
Root 123 votes, 20%
Gravel 71 votes, 11%
Phillies 49 votes, 8%
Kubby 41 votes, 7%
Jingozian and Smith are eliminated due to not receiving the required 5% to continue. Interestingly, Jingozian endorsed Gravel right after his own nomination speech.
Of 106 registered delegates from California, 101 voted. Totals: 38 votes went to Wayne Allyn Root, 20 votes to Ruwart, 17 to Barr, 10 for Phillies, Gravel 9, Kubby 6.
Since the nominee must receive a majority, several ballots are anticipated. Jingozian just got up and endorsed Gravel again, then Smith just got up and groused about Barr being at the top, inciting cheers initially, then a retaliatory cascade of boos from the Barr supporters, then accused conservatives within the LP of rubberstamping big government programs.
Stay tuned for the results of Ballot 2.
Not able to do audio interviews in the ballroom without disrupting, I’m doing quiet conversations on the topic of presidential nomination, in between the main business of the hour, which is platform building. Long debates on the abortion and immigration planks are tedious and contentious.
So in about 6 informal interviews, the “token” votes I reported earlier which winnowed the field to seven, 3 people gave their token to “get so-and-so into the debate, because my preferred candidate did not need my vote to make it into the debate”. Two did this for Kubby, one for Phillies.
All were disappointed that Barr did not attend last night’s debate, and wonder if her can carry the libber flag. We’ll see in 68 minutes. Next post will be the audio of that debate, if the tech holds up.
to be continued…
From the Ballroom, just announced are the vote tallies for the qualifying candidates:
7 candidates are eligible for the presidential nomination and will qualify for tonight’s debate:
Ruwart, 94 votes
Barr, 94 votes
Root, 94 votes
Gravel, 67 votes
Jingozian, 63 votes
Phillies, 62 votes
Kubby, 60 votes
Debate will start at 7pm Central, and I will attempt to record it.
Uncertainty is the only certainty of the outcome of the convention. Rumors abound of Bob Barr having 200 of the 550 or so available votes locked up. Canvassing the delegates, about half seem to be more dogmatic libertarians who do not trust recent converts like Barr and Gravel, or left-leaning candidates like Kubby and Imperato, but half are willing to compromise some libertarian ideals to gain overall improvement of libertarian influence on the November election. There do not seem to be right-leaning candidates except Barr, but that may be because the prevailing anti-Bush sentiment scares off anyone who might be seen as supporting anything Bush has done. Moderates like Ruwart and Phillies have resonant messages of compromise and pragmatism.
My new interviews posted:
Dr. Mary Ruwart, Presidential Candidate
Daniel Imperato, Presidential Candidate
Troy Dayton, Senior Development Officer, Marijuana Policy Project
Sharon Harris, President of Advocates for Self-Government
All-Candidate Debate, Round 2, Friday Night
See joeypanto.com for interview postings and audio chunks broken out of the debate questions and responses.
My impression of the debates is that the most charismatic speaker is Wayne Root, the wittiest is George Phillies, the wisest is 77-yr old Mike Gravel with his long and eventful career in Washington, the most insightful and articulate is Mary Ruwart, the most worldly is Daniel Imperato. Jim Burns, Christine Smith, and Alden Link seem to be longshots, but all speakers except Link were able to energize the crowd, and no one candidate dominated the event. Kubby seems to be a one-issue candidate (medical marijuana). Root and Jingozian, while having business credibility, financial power and connections (Root more than Jingozian) have no political experience, but that is as much seen as a plus in this community as a minus.
Bob Barr was a no-show, perhaps wanting to wait till the pack thins, acting like he has “a first round bye” in sports terminology, not needing to mix it up with longshot candidates,..or maybe he’s just not prepared to debate yet, and is practicing for the tough questions on his reversals.
Back to the floor….to be continued….