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February 21, 2021

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Punsalad

Another way to put it: if Perdue had had a record that managed to attract 1 out of 7 Libertarian voters, he would have won.

Why is it libertarians who have to compromise, and not Perdue?

Tom Bowler

Everybody has to compromise, except Democrats. They never compromise. They drift further left every year, and Republicans who don't "meet them halfway" are a right wing extremists. And have no doubt, libertarians are in the Democrat cross hairs. They too shall be considered domestic terrorists when the time is ripe.

There is a time for standing on principle and a time for joining together for the survival of freedom. This is the time for joining together.

Paul Sand

We have a better example closer to home: 2016, US Senate race, Ayotte vs. Hassan vs. Day vs. Chabot, with both Day and Chabot being libertarianish. (It was complicated, as I recall.)

Results, according to Wikipedia: Hassan, 354,649; Ayotte, 353,632. So Maggie won by 1017 votes.

Day/Chabot combined: 30,339. So if Kelly had managed to grab (roughly) 1 out of every 30 Day/Chabot voters, she would have won.

Looking back at my blog entries for the time, Kelly embraced a bunch of potential deal-breakers for libertarians: co-sponsoring Kirsten Gillibrand's "Campus Accountability and Safety Act"; voting for bloated spending bills while giving lip service to a doomed "Balanced Budget" Constitutional amendment; support for the Export-Import Bank. Her voting scorecards from conservative/libertarian organizations (Heritage Action, Freedomworks, Club for Growth) showed a steady decline over her tenure.

What would have been easier? (1) Persuading 1018 libertarian-leaning voters to hold their noses real hard and vote for Kelly? Or (2) Persuading one US Senator (specifically, Kelly) to be just slightly more libertarian-friendly, and pick up 1018 libertarian votes on the margin?

Disclaimer: I don't remember who I voted for. But I bet Kelly is still kicking herself.
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Tom Bowler

What would have been easier? (1) Persuading 1018 libertarian-leaning voters to hold their noses real hard and vote for Kelly? Or (2) Persuading one US Senator (specifically, Kelly) to be just slightly more libertarian-friendly, and pick up 1018 libertarian votes on the margin?

Disclaimer: I don't remember who I voted for. But I bet Kelly is still kicking herself.

I'm sure I voted for Kelly in spite of her RINO drift. She had become buddies with McCain, who was totally useless to libertarians, and Graham, who seems lately to be wavering towards liberty and against the swamp that he seemed so much a part of in the past.

With the help of mainstream media the Democrats have outdone themselves. Nothing screams "Fraud!" like media talking heads immediately and in lockstep dismissing election irregularities instead of at least making a pretense of investigating the claims. And if you question the integrity of the election results, why you too might be domestic terrorist.

This is where we've gotten. Censorship by social media is applauded and encouraged by leftist Democrats, election fraud has been blessed by the Supreme Court, and now that constituency that believes that constitution means what it says has been tarred as insurrectionists and terrorists, where before they were merely racist. Will there ever be another election we can have faith in?

Getting to your question Paul, in view of where we are now, it would have been best if we could have done both -- persuade Kelly to lean more libertarian, and persuade libertarians hold their noses. Libertarian purity has not served us well.

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