After reading the news that former Democratic Sen. Mike Gravel (D/L – Alaska) has announced that he will compete for the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination in Denver this summer, I thought some good-natured ribbing would be in order for the Georgia Libertarians in our midst.
Fed up with being excluded from the debates and otherwise marginalized, former Senator Mike Gravel of Alaska announced today that he will seek the Libertarian Party nomination for president.
Skyler McKinley, a Gravel spokesman, said that Mr. Gravel would try to pursue the Libertarian nomination at the party’s convention, which will be held in Denver on May 22-26.
Source: 3/26/2008 New York Times article “Gravel to Run for Libertarian Nod”
As the resident Democrat around these here parts, I want to thank the Libertarian Party for taking this certifiable nut-case off of the Democrats’ hands.
Former Georgia Congressman Bob Barr, who switched from the Republican Party over to the Libertarians in 2006, welcomed Mike Gravel with open arms saying, “It is a distinct honor to have another former member of Congress within the Libertarian Party.” [Source: 3/26/2008 Baltimore Sun/The Swamp blog "Gravel now seeking Libertarian nod"]
Seriously though, I don’t mean to knock the Libertarian Party because I believe that we need more than just two political parties engaged in the debate over the direction or our nation. However, with Mike Gravel now in the Libertarian Party’s ranks, it makes it a bit more difficult for the Libertarians to be considered as a viable third option for disenchanted Republicans and Democrats. You need more Bob Barrs and Neal Boortzs and less Mike Gravels.