The fall out from the Florida campaign trail for Republicans continues to fall out. Where to begin?
Gary Earl Johnson was the governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. He is the founder of one of the largest construction companies in New Mexico. He has participated in several Ironmen Triathlons. Johnson climbed Mount Everest in 2002. As a governor he was best known for trying to legalize marijuana, anti-crime, and budget reduction way before budget reduction was considered important.
Yet in last week’s debate he was intimidated and did not speak up when the crowd jeered at Rick Santorium who stated that being gay is something people can and should keep private especially in the military. He suggested that minding one’s own business is good way to live no matter what your sexual orientation may be.
Johnson said later that he wished he had something about the crowd and their refusal to listen politely. If you wan t to get really irritated watch that tape without the sound turned off and keep time on how much time the media used up in their performances and how much time the candidates actually did speak.
In fairness to Johnson, he said later that he was glad to be on the stage and did not think that it would be good to act like he was running the show.
Actually this year’s campaign is the first time Tea Party Republican has not been considered to be an oxymoron, and it is the first time that the concept of a Libertarian Republican has been entertained.
The Libertarian Party was created in 1971. Prior to this year’s elections it is considered to be the largest fringe party in the United States. The party was begun by people who thought that both the Democratic and the Republican Parties have strayed from the ideals of America’s founding fathers. Their voter base today can be counted at 225,000 people.
David Boaz from Cato Institute – a Libertarian discussion in motion – sums up his party as those people who defend each person’s right to life, liberty, and property; the rights, he says, that people had before there was government.
The Florida Straw Poll as a microcosm for Republicans was tainted to say the least this year. If you look over the pictures you will have to ask if Hispanic and African American participants (the “people of color”) equaled the approximately 30% of the vote that Cain took home. How seriously can we take the microcosms of straw polls skewed by people with the means to travel, pay registration, and purposefully represent various racial caucuses in addition to their political party.
As far as the debate goes, couldn’t people keep both the cheering and jeering to themselves to enable a focus on the issues? Cheering and jeering works for touchdowns and field goals.