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Jason Pye writes:
Root is backtracking on this today:
I had a chance today for the first time to read about the highlights of the first day of the “Obama trial.” I found myself uncomfortable being involved or associated in any way with the wild charges, claims and conspiracy theories that have been publicly aired by this mock trial. I believe these wild charges and claims actually damage any future legitimate opportunity to question President Obama’s background. This forum has an agenda and I have come to the conclusion it is not my agenda. I called Pastor Manning personally this morning to explain why I’ve decided not to participate. He understood completely. We wished each other well.
That’s just the pointed excerpt. Read through the full post. It sounds more like a kid that got his hand caught in the cookie jar.
The Libertarian Party at the national level is broken. It has been for some time. Whenever we gain a sliver of success we tend to do something in another area that messes it up. I’ve said for some time now that I have little use for the national organization, the five months I spent working on Bob Barr’s campaign solidified that opinion.
That’s not a shot at Bob, by the way. I have nothing but respect and admiration for the guy, and consider him to be a good friend. These are just observations I made while working with the national Libertarian Party and listening to discussions in the campaign office during the summer and fall of 2008.
I’ve learned that my time and money are better spent in my state working on issues that are important to me and the Libertarian Party of Georgia, though I may not always wave the party banner while doing it.
Sorry for getting sidetracked. As of this moment, it’s going to take a lot to bring me back into the fold for Root. The only thing I can say about the election for Chair of the Libertarian National Committee is…NOTA looks strong candidate.
At Below The Beltway, Doug Mataconis reaches the same conclusions, adding:
Jason has a lot more experience with internal LP politics than I do, but he’s absolutely right, and it’s something I’ve seen for years now, and it really started with the internal squabbling that erupted after the 1980 Presidential campaign, which still stands as the high watermark for Libertarian candidates nationally.
It seems pretty clear to me that Root, who seems more interested in self-promotion than much of anything else based on my observations of the man, would represent another one of those mistakes.
Pye and Mataconis are both prominent libertarian bloggers.
Additionally, we reported that Jim Davidson says he told Wayne Root he remembers Obama from when they were at Columbia.
To date, it appears that Radley Balko has not reacted to Wayne Root’s pulling out of the Birther ‘trial’ at The Agitator.