LP 2008 Day 2 Recap

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….


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