The Weekly Sedition

Thursday, 7 August 2008

Stanhope for President 2012

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , , , , — weeklysedition @ 6:45 PM

Just recently, I was reading Tom Knapp’s blog and found this post — Reconsidering Stanhope.

I had first heard of Doug Stanhope when his potential candidacy was stumped for on the [Libertarian2008] Yahoo!  group, by of all people, Eric “the Shake” Dondero. This was back in the middle of 2006.

Eric was saying that the LP should nominate Stanhope because Doug had some name recognition. Since name recognition seems to be Shake Dondero’s ONLY criterion when supporting LP candidates, I was initially dismissive of the idea. Still, I was intrigued enough to look him up on the net, and found an interview that Doug had did with the now-defunct It was great stuff — this wasn’t another Russell Means shopping for a nomination in the hopes of getting some “free” TV time and then absconding with the campaign treasury. Doug addressed the issues raised very well, and showed a fresh take on those issues. One of the issues raised was “9-11” (the 11 Sept 2001 attacks), and he managed to talk about it without coming across either as a nut or a lamestreamer. When took a dirt-nap, that interview went with it. Doug had copies posted to his Myspace pages, but those seem to have been taken down as well. Which really sucks, as it was a great interview.

A few months later, the candidates for the LP’s presidential nomination were asked some questions, and the answers were posted in the pages of the print edition of LP News. One of the questions was What makes you uniquely qualified to be president? As the other candidates cited various credentials, Stanhope’s answer went like this —

No one is uniquely qualified to be president. Beware the person who claims to be.

That comment right there told me that Stanhope was the best candidate for the nomination. Of all the available people, he “got it” the most.

Fast-forward to January 2007 — Doug’s comedy tour came to Albuquerque’s Guild Cinema on 21 January 2007. His routine was very close to what you see on his No Refunds DVD. Afterwards, I met with Stanhope outside the Guild, and we crossed Central Ave to Kellys Brewpub. While there, he told me about his campaign ideas — bringing up prison reform, for example. I told him that I thought he would be a great candidate, but he didn’t seem as confident.

In March, 2007, Doug said that in May, a big announcement was forthcoming. On 1 May 2007, the announcement was released. The content of it was that Doug was dropping out of the race, as the path he wanted to take (using his comedy tour as a campaign venue) was outlawed by the McCain-Feingold Incumbent Protection Act of 2002. Which was a disappointment, but understandable.

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