This is of course premature, but every time I see a Representative Ron Paul (R-TX) it makes me happy that there’s still some sanity left in Congress. That’s why I think that even though he lost in 1988 when he ran on the Libertarian ticket (yet earned ~32,000 more votes than Michael Badnarik did in 2004), he would be an ideal candidate for the 2008 nomination and for president.from
I know, it’s probably deluded and he probably doesn’t have ambitions for presidency any more, but the pool for viable national Libertarian candidates is so shallow that it doesn’t hurt to throw his name out there.
As for my Vice Presidential pick? That’s easy too. Another Southern Republican: former congressman Bob Barr. He’ll have a handicap with die-hard Democrats, with that whole impeaching of Bill Clinton albatross hanging around his neck, but I don’t think it’s anything that can’t be explained in simple terms: “blowjob, fuggedaboutit; lying and abuse of office, impeachment… biatch.” Of course, I think he would suffer greatly if he was the front-runner because of this, but as the veep pick this would gain a lot of anti-Clintonite Republican votes.
Hell, they’re both on the list of 100 to Watch, so it’s not that big of a stretch. Both have also signed the Republican Liberty Caucus liberty pact, which is a group that tries to work within the Republican party to steer it towards libertarian ideals (sadly the RLC isn’t always the best metric, as witnessed in 1998 when they awarded nutjob John Ashcroft their top Senate accolades ).
Whoever the pick is, they’ll need a campaign staff that knows what works and (PDF 300K).