In a post at Kn@ppster, Tom Knapp makes a case for Steve Kubby as a possible Vice Presidential candidate for the Libertarian Party in 2012.
Kubby was the runner up for the party’s VP nomination in 2000 and 2008 (losing to Art Olivier and Wayne Root respectively). The delegate votes were 418-338 in 2000 (source: wikipedia) and 289-255 in 2008.
Knapp writes (excerpt):
Steve Kubby came within about 30 votes of the Libertarian Party’s vice-presidential nomination last time, even against presidential nominee Bob Barr’s endorsement of his opponent, Wayne Allyn Root (a mistake which probably put a five or six digit dent in Barr’s November vote total; every time Root opened his mouth, the LP ticket hemorrhaged votes).
Internally to the LP, Kubby enjoys even more goodwill today than he did at that 2008 convention, if for no other reason than that he went balls-out to stop a convention walkout by the party’s radical faction and hold the party together at a tough time. He could play a similar role this time. The radicals are suspicious of Johnson’s more “centrist libertarian” orientation. One of their own in the second slot would go a long way toward allaying that suspicion.
Externally to the LP, Kubby’s well-known in California and positively associated with the issue of marijuana legalization. His presence on the ticket would boost both the issue and the candidate, not only in California but elsewhere … and since some of the legalization spotlight would be on him, that would free up Johnson to get his licks in on other issues.
Disclosure: Knapp and I both worked on Kubby’s campaign for the LP Presidential nomination in 2008.