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January 03, 2006

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Joanna

Ouch - it's a rough day to be the LP!

I've always just thought of them as a different kind of libertarian than us small "L"s. I guess they hurt us if we're trying to create a more legitimate brand. but overall i see it as its own deal and we have ours. if people are still willing to fund it and put up candidates, who cares?

R.J. Lehmann

I'm not quite so distant from it as you are. I am, still, an LP member. In fact, before moving to Virginia, I was a member of the Steering Committee for the NJLP.

And I come from a family with a long history of LP involvement. My Uncle Kevin ran for a seat on the Middlesex County freeholder board on the LP line way back in the 70s, when the party was still young and he was still in college. My aunt, his ex-wife, was the party's standard bearer in the 2002 U.S. Senate campaign against, first, Bob Torricelli, and then, Frank Lautenberg. My father and I have each, separately, been booked as speakers at state LP conventions (although I had to sort of blow off my appearance, as it turned out I was moving that weekend.) Yadda yadda yadda.

So, if I sound a bit cranky about it all, it's the sort of cranky you can only get about something or someone you cared about in the first place.

Anyway, my beef, really, is that it is a tremendous waste of resources (mostly in the human capital area) that could be utilized so much more effectively, if only they would drop this pointless tilting at windmills and focus on issues, rather than elections.

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