Saturday, October 09, 2004

Run for President, Get Arrested  

Apparently there are some hazards associated with not being
in the #1 or #2 party slot. Libertarian Presidential candidate
Michael Badnarik was arrested trying to serve the Commission
on Presidential Debates with papers accusing them of illegally
excluding him from the debate:

Badnarik/Campagna '04 for President

"The first report from St. Louis is in - and presidential candidates Michael Badnarik (Libertarian) and David Cobb (Green Party) were just arrested. Badnarik was carrying an Order to Show Cause, which he intended to serve the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD). Earlier today, Libertarians attempted to serve these same papers at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of the CPD - but were stopped from approaching the CPD office by security guards."

Mmm, mmm, mmm. Never let it be said that the process isn't
slanted to the top two parties, by the top two parties.


As much as I like to see a variety of political opinions expressed to the public in debates, and as much as I'm more of a Libertarian than anything else, I don't think Badnarik and Campagna are the innocent vicitms here. Rather, this was a shrewd political move to get them a heap of press attention. They knew that if they baited the security goons around the debate, they'd get arrested. And that would get attention. It played out exactly the way that they wanted.

Nice move, guys. In all seriousness. Between the two of you, you won't get five percent at the polls, but at least your names were heard. Keep the faith.
# posted by Anonymous Anonymous : 6:04 PM
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