I believe Sarah Palin will be Bob Barr's undoing.
In the past, the Libertarian Party ran purist libertarians. But the Barr/Root ticket is designed to appeal to conservatives. That was the Reform faction's Big Plan this year. Conservatives were dissatisfied with McCain, so nominate a sort of conservative ticket that will "get votes" from the GOP.
However, every November, most voters "go home" to the major party of their choice. And now, Sarah Palin provides a big incentive to conservatives to go home. Conservatives love Palin.
Palin will cost Barr/Root votes. Big time. Even as Barr/Root lose radical libertarian votes.
It will be interesting to see just how badly Palin hurts Barr/Root come November, but the pain will be significant.
Come 2012, I hope the LP nominates some real libertarians. No more Barr or Root.
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