“Tuesday night Libertarians were a sideshow in a historical event on par with the moon landing,” Dave Weigel writes at Reason.com. At presidential candidate Bob Barr’s election party, “party operators like Stewart Flood and Daniel Adams were checking the progress of John Monds, a black businessman who’d run on the ticket for Georgia Public Services Commissioner. If Monds could win more than 25 percent of the vote, that would mean he received more votes than any Libertarian candidate in any U.S. election, ever — surpassing even Ed Clark’s 1980 totals for president. At 11 p.m. it was clear he would get there. Monds took the stage just as the networks were calling the presidential race” for Barack Obama.
Weigel says the Barr campaign “didn’t bother with recriminations. Vice presidential nominee Wayne Allyn Root took the stage before Barr to lambast the ‘McCain-Obama bailout,’ calling the two parties ‘dumb and dumber, big and bigger.’ He had bet, publicly, that McCain would win the election.” Root “promised the crowd that he’d ‘see you again in 2012, maybe as your president-elect!'” Barr, “who rarely campaigned alongside Root, brought him back on stage for his concession speech.” Barr “praised his staff and voters for a campaign run on the issues,” and “declined to rule out another run for office, saying he’d pick up his legal and punditry careers where he left them.”
Weigel concludes, “This year is ending with Bob Barr, Ron Paul, and Wayne Allyn Root holding media megaphones they didn’t have as recently as January. What will they do with that prominence? What will libertarians do now that the Republican Party has receded back to pre-Reagan levels of influence? That’s for no one candidate to decide.”