Meet Tom Martin, Libertarian candidate in Pennsylvania who’s running for Congress. He seems to have some government experience (town auditor is good, though I doubt “high school swim team co-captain” is something you really want to be putting in a congressional resume).
The kicker? He’s hosting his site on AOL. The extra kicker? He’s a computer geek who should know how bad this looks. Argh.
My take: if a Libertarian candidate for any office won’t make the extra effort to register and host on a com/net/org (or sometimes us/info) top level domain and have a bare minimum professional-looking campaign site, I see no reason why voters would take their campaign seriously. Ergo, libertarians should not contribute any serious support to their campaign.
I know that sounds superficial, but welcome to the real world.
I think the LP can help here by making the tools and knowledge availiable to rookie candidates, as well as access to a network of campaign supporters who can jump-start these campaigns. We really need to have a modicum of standards in how we present our candidates.
Oh and one other thing: fucking shave.