Libertarian Chair helps explain Paul’s presidential predicament

Libertarian Party Chair Geoffrey Neale, in an letter to members helping allay rumors that Ron Paul was planning to magically take over the LP ticket:

Many supporters of Ron Paul have asked what it would take to get Ron Paul included on the Libertarian Party Presidential ticket. The scenario envisioned by inquirers is either Ron Paul taking the Presidential slot, with Gary Johnson dropping to the VP slot; or Ron Paul replacing Jim Gray in the VP slot.

Either scenario requires certain things to happen, and many have serious implications for the LP Ticket:

First, we have no indication that Ron Paul is interested in or would be willing to pursue such a path. Without such an indication, this really remains an intellectual exercise.

The second consideration is found in our Bylaws regarding the role of the Libertarian National Committee (LNC) in relation to our Presidential ticket. Article 14 Section 4 states: “The National Committee shall respect the vote of the delegates at Nominating Conventions and provide full support for the Party’s nominee for President and nominee for Vice-President as long as their campaigns are conducted in accordance with the Platform of the Party.” In short, the LNC does not have the authority under our Bylaws to change the ticket unless “for cause”. No matter how strong an argument is made about the benefits of such a change to our vote totals, our delegates have set strict and strong limits upon our authority.

[…] I certainly can sympathize with the supporters of Ron Paul, and their hopes for being able to vote for Ron in November, but I think the feasibility of the LP being able to do so is difficult, and could be very costly to our Presidential Ticket results, due to the loss of ballot access in so many states. Even a large gain of Ron Paul supporters could be offset by the absence of our ticket on a large number of state ballots.

What I can say with certainty is that there will be a Presidential ticket on the ballot that supporters of Ron Paul can choose to vote for, and I urge each and every Ron Paul supporter to support the Libertarian Party ticket in November. [emphasis added]

With Ron Paul officially giving his farewell to the political race on Leno (both middle fingers metaphorically extended towards the bi-assed party system), not all is lost. Gary Johnson’s campaign may yet pick up some high-profile, willing endorsers now left without a candidate if they get out the lead and realize they don’t need Ron Paul to tell them it’s okay.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. Gary Johnson is a far more appealing candidate than Ron Paul. To even consider replacing Johnson with Paul is absolute insanity. Paul’s foreign policy views are off the maps extremist fringe. His views on foreign policy are virtualy indistinguishable from those of Barack Hussein Obama, Pelosi, Cindy Sheehan (Lew Rockwell’s former girlfriend), Michael Moore, and the Council on American Islamic Relations. Paul sees no threat to America from Islamists. Like Obama, he’d be more than willing to cut deals with the Muslim Brotherhood to hand our country over to our Islamist enemies.
    Gary Johnson is Pro-America. He’s not quite as pro-military as pro-defense libertarians would like. But he recognizes that in certain instances we have to defend our country from foreign invaders. He’s far more mainstream, and marketable as a candidate than Ron Paul.

  2. @ Eric: Invaders? What invaders are you talking about? WE are the invaders, we’ve invaded countries that have done no harm to us.

  3. Don’t worry about dear Eric. He’s in bed with the NeoCons under which there’s always a Muslim terrorist lurking about. He’s about as Libertarian as Dick Cheney.

  4. Eric care to back any of that up? I have followed Dr. Paul for quite a while and I see no similarities between your smattering and Dr. Paul’s actual stance on what you claim is “virtually indistinguishable” then Barack’s… I know Paul’s stance can’t be summed up in a sound byte which is a big problem for America’s limited attention span, but take a moment and watch a youtube that goes into further detail to what the man actually says… Sorry it might be a few minutes of commentary but please try to keep your focus.

  5. This is ridiculous. Do you know how many people are going to write in Paul in states where he is not even on the ballot? More than half of Johnson’s votes are going to come from Paul supporters. And so the libertarian position will be split. Paul must take the V.P. slot or we fail to galvanize libertarian support and demonstrate our numbers. If this does not occur during this election cycle the momentum will be buried. Without Paul in the campaign, Johnson will fare only a few points better than previous L.P. candidates. I for one, will be writing in Paul if he is not on the ticket with Johnson.