Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Special Program Alert

WXNT will do a special broadcast Wednesday night to provide coverage of Governor Daniels' "State of the State" address. The Libertarian response can be heard immediately afterwards.

Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, host of "Abdul In The Mornings," will have Libertarian Party of Indiana Executive Director Dan Drexler on as his studio guest. The show will pre-empt the Michael Savage show- always a good thing- starting at 6:00 pm with a preview of the speech. Following the live broadcast of the address, Abdul and Drexler will review the speech and take calls.

Tune in to WXNT on 1430 AM, or listen online to the streamed signal at www.wxnt.com.


Oldsmoblogger said...

Hello, Mike--I used to be a regular listener to you & Wainstead on Sunday evenings on WCSB.

Quick question to consider, about a thought that just occurred to me. Given that the LP has limited resources to contest offices, could the party have success focusing on one particular office--county sheriff?

Mike Kole said...

Oldsmoblogger- Great to hear from you! I checked out your blog and enjoyed your posts on gardening and on the Kelo decision.

As regards the LP candidates... Of course, you are in Ohio, and that is a very different political landscape than here in Indiana. Ohio Libertarian candidates have to petition to get on the ballot, where we are on automatically here, which is a huge advantage, and changes how resources are allocated from the top.

No matter what, though, I believe it is the responsibility of the candidate to win the support of both his party and of the public. The candidate should raise money and build team sufficient to get the job done. If you have 50 candidates who are waiting for the state party to support them, you have 50 candidates going nowhere. 50 candidates raising money on their own and building their own teams are 50 formidible candidates who can actually win. Getting support from the top is then an extra push that might mean the difference between 45% and 55%.

It makes sense for Libertarian state parties with limited resources to back a candidate who would secure automatic ballot access as the first order of business. In Indiana, that means backing the candidate for Secretary of State. In Ohio, that means backing the candidate for President, because the rules there specify that ballot access is tied to the presidential results.

In retrospect, Ohio should have worked VERY hard to get Gary Nolan the nomination. Gary is an Ohioan, and could have been counted on to work hard to get maximum results in Ohio. Michael Badnarik did not.

Don't get me wrong- it would be great to elect a Libertarian sheriff. However, ballot access must be prioritized above all else for Libertarian state affiliates. They err where they prioritize elsewhere.