2008 nominee Bob Barr has maintained a limping campaign that may be aiming the Libertarian Party’s 2012 presidential nomination. If he wants to be the Libertarians’ top choice, however, he’ll have to take on his former vice presidential running mate, Wayne Allyn Root.
Root is openly campaigning to become the Libertarian candidate for President, with a Root For America web site and a direct solicitation for financial donations for his campaign. “Wayne Allyn Root has been asked by thousands of his fans and voters to run for the Libertarian presidential nomination in 2012. Wayne wants to hit the ground running!” Root has a political strategy too, planning to make use of the Tea Party movement in his campaign, recently citing a “Revolutionary Tea Party Plan”.
One thing Root does not yet have, according to FEC records, is an official campaign committee. He would need that in order to actually accept campaign contributions. Maybe, as a Libertarian, Root is happy to defy campaign finance laws. Perhaps Root is playing a legalistic game of asking supporters for the commitment to donate money without actually taking their money yet.
It could also be that Root is so focused, on his campaign to kick Ron Paul out of Congress this year, that he hasn’t had the time to submit the proper paperwork. Part of Root’s activism, you see, is a campaign to encourage Americans to vote every single politician out of Congress. He calls it a V.E.T.O. campaign – Vote Every one of Them Out. He’s even selling V.E.T.O. shirts, with the design you see here.
Of course, if Libertarian voters work to get every incumbent out of Congress, they’ll have to work to kick Ron Paul out of the House of Representatives as well. That’s a strategy that doesn’t make much sense for someone who wants to see a more libertarian Congress, because Ron Paul is the most libertarian voice there is in Congress, although he’s registered as a Republican. If Ron Paul gets kicked out by Tea Party activists aligned with the Wayne Allyn Root, then a replacement will come in who likely will be much less friendly to the Libertarians.
It’s a blunt strategy that, as Jim has pointed out, doesn’t make much rational sense. Then again, many American voters don’t seem to be in the mood for rational sense these days.