Posted at Bob Barr blog
The Texas Supreme Court has ruled against us:
The Texas Supreme Court, without comment, just denied Libertarian presidential candidateâ€™s Bob Barr attempt to keep the names John McCain and Barack Obama off the stateâ€™s November ballot.
Mr. Barr, a former GOP congressman from Georgia, had argued in legal briefs that both major parties had busted the stateâ€™s Aug. 26 deadline for certifying their presidential candidates as they would appear on the Texas ballot. Neither McCain nor Obama had been officially nominated by their party conventions by the deadline. And Sarah Palin hadnâ€™t even been added to the GOP ticket.
But the Democratic and Republican state parties had filed official documents with the Secretary of State stating their presumed presidential candidates. The Democrats threw in Joe Bidenâ€™s name and the Republicans said they would report back with the name of their vice presidential contender, which they did.
Apparently, the Supreme Court felt that was sufficient, especially in light of the catastrophic alientation of voters if neither of the major party candidates could appear on the November ballot.
No one cares about alienation of voters when it is a Libertarian Party candidate who is kept off the ballot due to restrictive ballot access laws authored by Republicans and Democrats.
I will have a copy of the decision shortly.