by Steve Lancaster 3/12/14
Final results from FL 13th:
Republican, David Jolly — 48.52%
Democrat, Alex Sink — 46.64%
Libertarian, Lucas Overby — 4.84%
The talking heads all over the net, television and radio are astounded that a Republican won in the special election in FL 13th district. One headline on Drudge even suggests the first wave of a tidal election. That might be true but please, don’t blame Libertarians or give us credit. Conservatives and Republicans are wiping their brow and saying, “Those damn Libertarians almost lost us this election. It’s a good thing Obama is so unpopular”. On the other hand, Progressives and Democrats are saying, “Those damn Libertarians lost us this election with their talk of individual freedom and Obamacare.” It’s great to be accused by both sides of being the spoiler even if it is nothing but bloviating.
Some on these pages have accused Libertarians of limiting the opportunity for a Republican to win a closely contested race. Some progressive sites have made the same accusation. If the Republican is such a weak candidate that he requires the lock-step support of Libertarians to win, then perhaps the problem is the candidate and not who supports him. By the same token, if a Democrat candidate is so pathetic that he needs the support of every Libertarian to win than there is more wrong with him than just being a Democrat.
Living in the South that was at one time solidly Democratic and in my home state of Arkansas that still may elect a Democrat Governor in November. I freely admit that almost anyone is better than Asa Hutchinson and I will not vote for him unless I am certain that the alternative is really the Beast. Mike Ross is just another loser Democrat and will have to deal with a legislature completely controlled by Republicans and Libertarians.
Arkansas has one of the toughest balanced budget constitutions in the country so there is little real damage even a Democrat can do. If I have to choose I will live with a DINO Democrat rather than a RINO Republican. So am I making a choice based on conscience and self-interest, yes of course I am, and so should every voter. A bad Democrat is better than a sleazy Republican, but there will be at least one Libertarian in the race, an opportunity for hope and change.
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