I’ve heard a number of genuine, dyed-in-the-wool Libertarians lately talking about *not* voting for the party’s presidential candidate, Bob Barr. There are a lot of folks who just don’t think he was a good choice and I can understand that. That said, it’s important to consider all of the facts before making a decision like this one. In this case, one important fact is that the number of votes for a presidential candidate impacts the number of delegates that one’s state gets to the LP national conventions. This means that states with more people who support, and hence vote for, Barr are likely to get more national convention delegates than states with Libertarians who will refuse to vote for Barr on principle. Think about it! Personally, I want the most principled individuals serving as delegates to the LP national conventions. Of course, this advice is only what it is. I’m not necessarily urging anyone to take any specific course of action. What I am doing is urging everyone to consider all of the facts in this, as in any situation, prior to making a final decision.
I’ll be back later to read comments. For now, I’m off to go vote for Bob Barr.