Spoil Me Rotten!

Luka points me to this LAT article on the possibility of Badnarik as spoiler. NPR Morning Edition also discusses this tantalizing possibility.

Now, to repeat, the fact that Badnarik, despite his nuttiness, is in any position whatsoever to screw Bush simply highlights how much the LP botched it this year.

In other news, Jeff Jarvis recommends that sane libertarian bloggers take over the LP. Good idea!

But don’t forget to vote for Badnarik.

Libertarians for Values!

Will Baude says:

Matthew Yglesias makes the best bet yet for voting for the nuttier-than-usual libertarian. On the one hand, one could counter that it’s important to teach the libertarians a lesson too; what other people view as a more or less indistinguishable mess of nuttiness actually has much different levels, and the party really needs to learn that you can’t just slap the libertarian label on an otherwise unacceptable candidate. On the other hand, there’s a decent case that the LP is particularly resistant to incentives.

I think the way to teach the Libertarians (capital ‘L’ please) a lesson is mercilessly to mock Badnarik and the laughably poor judgment of the LP while simultaneously imploring those who might otherwise vote for Bush (why? WHY?) to throw their vote away (which, after all, is about as costly as throwing a used Kleenex away) for a good cause. For the futile purpose of sending a message to the GOP, Badnarik isn’t a candidate so much as a value of a variable. I’m voting for the variable. The LP certainly does need to know that if they want genuine intellectual and moral support from the non-black helicopter set, then they need to saturate their variable with less embarrasing values, if you get my drift.

Now, it is true that LP true believers are quite accustomed to being mocked relentlessly, and so the incentive effect of endless verbal pummeling may feel to them like nothing wrose than home. Yet it is possible that some may be persuaded that if one is going to nominate a candidate for President of the United States of America, one might want to have more in mind than the narcissistic expression of one’s imagined purist virtue, which is good for little more than reinforcing one’s own sense of ideological matrydom.

In an election like this one, a strong LP candidate could very well have a Nader effect and throw the election to Kerry, which, considering the happy consequences of divided government, is what we ought to be hoping for anyway. The choice of a dork like Badnarik may well have botched a historic chance for the LP to actually matter.

Vote Badnarik!

Badnarik or Bust (Inclusive)

Matt aptly summarizes below why I’ll be voting for the libertarian cadidate, despite the sisyphean absurdity of voting and the fact that the libertarian candidate is a honking bozo. But why not embrace the absurd, embrace democracy, and run a balls-to-the-wall if-you-have-libertarian-bone-your-goddamn-body-then-vote-for-Michael “Atrophied Felons” Badnarik campaign until the election!

Now, it’s true, I had promised my friend Anna to vote for Kerry if she would buy me a sandwich. Well, Anna, I don’t want your dirty sandwich! (And people wonder why Brazil is corrupt.) I want Michael Freaking Badnarik. Or at least the tiny sick thrill, like throwing pebbles at the IRS, that voting for Badnarik will surely provide. I want the constitution class, damn it!

Under the circumstances, it’s no wonder the GOP feels free to take the libertarian vote for granted — it doesn’t appear to exist. This may be because libertarians are, in fact, only a miniscule proportion of the population who just happen to be disproportionately represented in the Beltway policy community and the academy. Alternatively, it may be because the libertarian love of the cynical, anti-political pose prevents them from engaging in any sort of constructive political action. I continue to think that the best way for libertarians to advance the small-government cause over the long haul would be to try and convince the GOP leadership that the “miniscule proportion” theory is wrong by voting for Michael Badnarik. Thus, much as I would welcome a Stuart Benjamin vote for John Kerry, I think libertarians should pull the lever for the LP, the well-known problems with the LP and Barnarik notwithstanding. If Bush loses to Kerry and the LP gets a historically large share of the vote (not a hard hurdle to clear) then the GOP will hear the message that they need to pay more attention to the small government vote.

I don’t think libertarian efforts will matter one damn bit. But, for heaven’s sake, if you’re going to vote throw your vote away!

Hey, Ohio! Be on the lookout for reasons why YOU should vote for Michael Badnarik in 2004!

We can think later about how we libertarians, no longer cynical and cooler-than-thou, can fight much, much harder in the exciting 2008 primaries. If not Certified Friend of Liberty Jeb Bush, then who?