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Thoroughly Enjoyed the Libertarian Party Debate Tonight on Stossel!

I just told Joe Enroughty that I watched the LP Presidential candidates on Stossel and I did not yell at the TV once!  I must be turning into a Libertarian!

No I am not ready to do THAT yet!

BUT I did want to hear the three (I assume) leading LP candidates:  Former NM Governor Gary Johnson, Austin Petersen and John McAfee, the founder of McAfee anti-virus company.  (Did you know McAfee was born in the UK [and lived in Virginia, too] of a British mother and US father?  He has the same issue that Cruz has but McAfee is a military brat!)  I plan to be glued to the TV again (it’s on Fox Business Channel next Friday at 9 pm!) to hear the second half of the LP candidate forum hosted by noted libertarian John Stossel.

My impressions?  I was not impressed with McAfee.  I think Petersen is the best speaker and it is obvious he was influenced by Ron Paul.  I was pleased with Petersen’s pro-life stance.  But Johnson is the best chance for the LP to be relevant.  If you are a staunch Dem or GOP activist, you better hope Petersen or another wins the LP nomination.  But if Governor Johnson wins the nomination, he has a shot to get face time in the debates (He is already at 11% in one poll against Trump and Clinton and I want to see what the next poll says to see if that is an outlier) and might be a serious factor.  Perhaps Robert Sarvis for VP?

I got to meet Governor Johnson at the state LP convention where I was on a forum to interview five LP hopefuls, including Johnson.  There is even a picture of me with the former NM Governor!

Ought to be a fun year this year.  But never forget:  Elections do have consequences.  It is always a tough choice between the lesser of two evils that can win or vote your conscience.  I’ve been there – been on both sides of that decision.  But this could be an interesting year.  I think the Dems will nominate Hillary (no she will not be indicted because someone in authority will decide that her indictment will be too critical and it would be a political intervention to act against her but rather issue a searing report instead) and the GOP will nominate someone in an open convention (not Trump) perhaps John Kasich but more likely someone who did not run or someone like Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.   A lot of people could have a tough call this November.  If Gary Johnson had say $20m to run with, it might be interesting…


About Elwood Sanders

Elwood "Sandy" Sanders is a Hanover attorney who is an Appellate Procedure Consultant for Lantagne Legal Printing and has written ten scholarly legal articles. Sandy was also Virginia's first Appellate Defender and also helped bring curling in VA! (None of these titles imply any endorsement of Sanders’ views)

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Nothing is more conservative than a republican wanting to get their majority back. And nothing is more liberal than a republican WITH a majority.

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