The St. Louis Beacon, one of the area newspapers for St. Louis, Missouri, reports on the Libertarian Party National Convention in this article as a battle between the traditions of the past and possible future directions.
Sunday afternoon, more than 500 delegates from around the country selected a new party chairman in a battle that exemplified the tug between two party factions: one camp favors reaching out to the socially conservative Tea Party movement, and the other side preaches standing firm on longstanding libertarian principles.
As Missouri delegate Julie Stone of St. Louis put it: “The big bone of contention is whether the party should remain as pure or become more inclusive.”
Personifying the big-tent approach was Wayne Allyn Root — an effusive, unapologetic self-promoter who’s a dead-ringer for Bill Clinton (“I get stopped in airports all the time,” Root said) — and a human hurricane.
Accompanied by an ever-present film crew (it’s shooting a reality show that Root said would air “only if I’m elected”), he admitted upsetting some by preaching a more-inclusive message that he said will move the Libertarian Party into the nation’s political mainstream.
“If I move this country toward Libertarians, I’m the most radical person here,” Root said in an interview, as he and his entourage traveled between events — accosting delegates for potential votes along the way.
The rest of the article is well-worth reading for its interesting perspective on the convention.