And now it’s over. What a wonderful campaign our party had! If you don’t think so, let me tell you about earlier ones in which our candidates would cross the country in their own car with very little financial support while speaking only to the choir of other Libertarian groups. In those days they made nary a blip on the media screen. But Gary took his candidacy to another level. He expected more and gave it all he had. The number of shows and interviews he did was off the charts. And, though he never got the name recognition we so greatly needed during the campaign, there his name was up on the leader board in the end, right next to the Dems and Reps for all the country to see. Now that was great advertising!
Sure, we really wanted to get to 5%. What an accomplishment that would have been, to be recognized as a “major” party and to be able to look forward to a huge funded head start for the next election. But, despite all the obstacles, Gary got us to a solid 3% across the board, confirming that we are right when we say there are lots more Libertarians out there than anyone believes. And what about all those people who repeatedly told us they would vote for him if he had a chance? They are the future Libertarians.
Everyone was saying “I’ll be glad when this election is over.” But I couldn’t wait to get into that voting booth and check off our candidates’ names. It felt so good. So a big thank you goes out to Gary for working so hard for us and what we believe in. The last few weeks without being in the debates had to have been grueling. I am sure it was frustrating to continually have to justify himself. I am sure it tried his soul to answer so many inane questions over and over again. Gary may not have been a primo speaker, but that should have been secondary. He offered what America needed—a man of action. Many in this country will never know how they wasted his talents.
Thank you also to Bill Weld. There were a few times when what he said wasn’t very Libertarian, but I believe that his presence on the ticket helped draw in other politicians, increase donations and give us a touch of class. Besides that, he was a tremendous speaker and a friend to Gary—all good things.
May both our candidates feel good about their contribution to the Libertarian Party. Let no one minimize their efforts or their accomplishments. What they did took a huge amount of their own time, energy and (yes) money. May some of that rub off on us at a local level.