Those of you who know me are aware that I don’t pull punches when a person or group acts or willfully remains ignorant. Today I turn towards the LP itself, and the LP management that is clearly set on burying its head in the sand for the next four years.
I made a remark in Austin to George Getz on election night, and while I was completely shit-faced at the time, I think it was completely relevant to what I feel is wrong with the LP and how they refuse to embrace the Internet fully as a part of its strategy. I saw Getz in person for the first time, though it was not my first encounter with him (see: Blogging the Candidates), and sauntered over to say hello. We got into a conversation about communications and web strategy for after the election and how we could build on the momentum and eventually I had enough of his inability to see past the old-skool direct mail campaigns that have haunted the LP to oblivion. At one point I said “I know what the LNC should do after the election, they should throw away the momentum the Badnarik campaign built up in a 3 month whirlwind, duck back to D.C., and send out membership applications for another four years. I look forward to doing this the hard way again in 2008 instead of building a real party that’s not just a bunch of consultants herding Randian survivalists.” It probably came out slurred and I’m sure there was an urge to just deck him on the spot for being such a smarmy and clueless schmuck.
Well, lo and behold, looks like they are on that path. I got an email beckoning me to join the LP today, and had to reply back (here’s a test, try and figure out how to join the mailing list on the LP.org website, bet it takes you a good ten minutes). I also CCed Joe Seehusen, current chair:
Perhaps if you guys hired someone competent to redesign your site, or maybe just added a blog, I would consider becoming a card-carrying Libertarian Party member. Right now, the LP is a joke and provides no service to the new generation. I would rather put my money towards filling the vacuum than by throwing it down the LNC well. I have received similar remarks from other volunteers and supporters as well.
As an example of the lack of interest in Internet marketing, I brought up the question of inviting bloggers to the LP Convention to George Getz last May and was rebuffed without explanation (a mistake, considering the ability to have led political innovation instead of playing what will clearly be catch-up next time around). Obviously there is a disconnect with the LNC about what is needed in terms of Internet direction. If you are willing to address this issue without resorting to lip-service or patronizing the blogging community, the LP may be a viable party in time for `06.
Until there is serious movement towards creating web-centric tools to build the party and continually update them, I remain small “l” libertarian.
Former Badnarik `04 Web Team Coordinator
Dollars to donuts says I never hear a peep from anyone there. Personally I’d like to see Getz thrown out on his duff and Stephen Gordon put in as Communications Director, but the chances of that seem pretty slim.