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Sunday, November 9, 2008

Renegade LP Candidates

S'funny, I read Bob as talking about Ron Paul, but of course he must
have meant Phillies. George's ballot presence made the LP look silly,
but surely had no significant impact on our bottom line. Paul's impact
was significant, but not as large as many might think. I'd guess that a
Baldwin-style endorsement from Paul would have given us at most 50K
votes, and a balls-out annointing of Barr in Minneapolis would have
added only another 50-100K.

If it weren't for Nader's 2000 result, I'd say that the electoral needle
just doesn't really move for non-billionaire alternative candidacies. So
who can explain Nader 2000?