Virgil Goode Profiled by Time Magazine’s Swampland Blog

Virgil Goode has been campaigning almost exclusively in Virginia while the petitioning for his campaign was being done in that state. This blog post from The Swampland, a popular political blog run by Time Magazine.

Virgil Goode glides through the doors of a McDonald’s in Farmville, VA, at 11:52 am and instantly three construction workers in the back booth rise to their feet.  ”I’ve been wanting to shake your hand a long time, sir,” says Jeremy Clay of nearby Evington, extending a hand to the former Congressman.  His buddy Jeremy Rawlings of Lynchburg does the same, and asks which line to sign on Goode’s petition to get on the presidential ballot. “If Obama gets re-elected, we’re all doomed,” Rawlings says as he scrawls his name. Goode asks in his Virginia drawl how business is faring. Two postal workers who have joined the group shake their heads—“We’re on the line,” one says. Goode asks about their families as they take photos on their cell phones. Then he orders a vanilla ice cream cone and heads down Main Street to gather more names.

Later on in the article, Goode claims that he is “lucky” if he raises $1,000 per week for his campaign.

12 thoughts on “Virgil Goode Profiled by Time Magazine’s Swampland Blog

  1. just saying

    Goode has been elected to federal office in Virginia as an independent before. He should do fairly well there.

  2. Trent Hill Post author

    As a Democrat, Independent, and Republican. He’ll not do terribly. I wonder how he’ll do in Utah, Idaho, PA, and Montana.

  3. NewFederalist

    I can’t quite figure out what Goode’s campaign strategy might be. He seems to spend a lot of time doing things one might expect a candidate to do once they have secured ballot status in enough places to make a difference. Perhaps it’s just me but he seems rather clueless about what the top priority should be. He missed making the ballot in West Virginia which is just unbelievable. He has missed Vermont unless he gets lucky and tags along on Rocky Anderson’s lawsuit. You just don’t miss the relatively easy states and still have any credibility as a serious candidate.

  4. Trent Hill Post author

    West Virginia should’ve been made a priority,I agree.

    Vermont won’t matter. So few votes.

  5. NewFederalist

    “Vermont won’t matter. So few votes.”

    I agree there are few votes to be had in VT. The fact that it is also relatively easy to qualify for is my point. Don’t waste time in OK or NC or even TX (although this would have been the year to try). Forget about IN and hope not to be challenged in IL if you are trying to do it on the cheap. But to screw it up as often as the Goode campaign has is just plain inexcusable. And for the CP, just what do they get? Another GOP retread who voted for more war and bigger government just like Bob Barr. Not very positive in my opinion.

  6. Trent Hill Post author

    CP is very low on money and new blood. Money has dried up for them in the wake of the Ron Paul campaigns, especially since many of those previously right-wing conservatives have become more socially tolerant and libertarian.

  7. just saying

    Goode will need to emphasize sovereignty issues if he wants to convince Paul voters not to go with Johnson.

  8. Trent Hill Post author

    Goode isnt going to get many Paul voters–except the social conservatives, who just can’t vote for Johnson.

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