Libertarians, political junkies, curious folks, and those who believe that Presidential campaigning should include all 50 of these grand United States will descend from all around Indiana, and even central Illinios and Ohio for their chance to meet and support LP Presidential candidate and native Hoosier Michael Badnarik in Noblesville today, Saturday, October 2 at 7:00pm (local time).
Badnarik will be winding down his 2-day tour through Indiana at Lutz's Steakhouse on SR32 about halfway between downtown Noblesville and Westfield. The event is free and open to the public, although naturally there will be appeals for donations. There will be a cash bar and hors d'eouvers.
Several other LP candidates and officials will be on hand, including Michael's mother, Elaine Badnarik. Elaine is the LP's candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Blogcritic and candidate for US Senate Al Barger (L-IN), may also attend. Most of the Libertarian Party of Indiana's brass will be on hand, too.
I'm glad that Badnarik is coming here now, because here we are in the thick of the campaign season, and national issues aren't being as hotly discussed in Indiana as they are in Ohio, Florida, Iowa, and New Mexico. Nothing wrong with Indiana, but everything wrong with how campaigns wind down, and a bit of a criticism of the Electoral College system. Both Bush and Kerry know via polls that Indiana is a red state. Nothing Kerry does or says will change this, so he has given up on campaigning here. Bush is comfortable enough that he won't bother campaigning here either. Hard to fault either of them, though. It makes perfect sense for them to chase after the close states and ignore the ones that are certain. There is no advantage in taking a 60-40 victory in Indiana and turning it into a 70-30 win, because as Al Gore can tell you, winning the popular vote means squat. Indiana is still 12 electoral votes, and Bush and Kerry know that these belong to Bush. Great strategy, but not so great for a population to be utterly ignored by the top of the ticket. So, thank goodness for Badnarik.