23 thoughts on “Nick Sarwark, Chairman of Libertarian Party, Sends Note to Rand Paul

  1. Jill Pyeatt Post author

    I think this was a good gesture. There’s a lot to be said for recognizing those who have common goals. Rand Paul did lots of things wrong in his campaign, but on a relative scale, he at least brought some non-warmongering ideas into the debates.

    Now that he’s out of the debate, those remaining just keep increasing the talk of war. They’re trying to out-macho each other.

  2. langa

    Probably a smart move by Sarwark. However, I have to note that calling him “the best candidate [the GOP] had to offer in the 2016 election” is basically the epitome of damning someone with faint praise!

  3. Dave Terry

    langa: Feb 12,
    ” However, I have to note that calling him “the best candidate [the GOP] had to offer in the 2016 election” is basically the epitome of damning someone with faint praise!

    I’d be interested in how Langa would have written it. I find it incomprehensible to see how “faint praise”
    is, in any way, “damning” to someone.

  4. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    Dave Terry: I find it incomprehensible to see how “faint praise” is, in any way, “damning” to someone.

    It’s like praising Mussolini for making the trains run on time. Considering all that occurred and all that he did during the historical context of his reign — 1922 to 1943 — if that’s the best you can say about him, then by implication, he was a very poor leader.

    It’s as if someone asked, “What did you think of Root’s candidacy?” and you respond, “He has nice teeth,” that would be damning Root with faint praise.

  5. Daniel Hayes

    The conversation between Nick Sarwark and Rand Paul that never happened in Orlando during the recent LNC meeting but COULD have.

    “Chairman Sarwark, How’s it hangin?”

    “Pretty good, Senator Paul, feeling a bit relieved. How bout you?”

    “Same here.”

  6. Nicholas Sarwark

    Mr. Hayes is correct. The Senator and I were mere feet from each other in a private room, restricted only to men.

    It did not seem like the right time to strike up a conversation or even shake hands.

  7. Dave Terry

    Jed Ziggler, Feb. 13,
    “The best candidate the GOP had to offer? Other than all the other ones, sure. I don’t like this at all.”

    The ONLY part of the above quote that actually came from Sarwack was before the “?”
    The REST is only your interpretation, which coincidentally is the ONLY “part” that I don’t like, “AT ALL”!

    CLEARLY, Paul would be the least harmful of the ‘neolithic nine’, not to mention the Democratic demogogues. EQUALLY clear is that Paul is NOT the best candidate that Libertarians could support!
    (which is what Sarwack was clearly inferring!

  8. Andy

    I like the letter. It credits Rand on the things he’s done right, and it also adds water to a seed that is probably already planted in his mind that says maybe he should quit the Republican Party and join the Libertarian Party.

  9. Andy

    ” Nicholas Sarwark February 13, 2016 at 09:41

    Mr. Hayes is correct. The Senator and I were mere feet from each other in a private room, restricted only to men.

    It did not seem like the right time to strike up a conversation or even shake hands.”

    Awkward set of circumstances.

    If I had been there I’d have tried to time it so that I could talk to him when neither of us was taking a leak, but perhaps that was not possible (I do not know all of the details of what happened).

  10. Nicholas Sarwark

    I imagine I’ll get redesigned cards sometime, but I’d rather use up the ones I already have. I saw a picture of the redesigned membership cards today and they look very nice.

    In other news, there will apparently be a motion to censure me for writing that note submitted by the regional representative from Ohio.

  11. Bondurant

    It’s a nice gesture.

    Very disappointing that Rand Paul turned his back on his base. He attempted to appeal to rank-and-file conservatives and it got him nowhere. He serves as proof that the GOP will not offer anything but pats on the back to the liberty movement.

  12. NewFederalist

    “He serves as proof that the GOP will not offer anything but pats on the back to the liberty movement.” – Bondurant

    Perhaps stabs in the back might be more accurate.

  13. Andy

    Nicholas Sarwark said: “In other news, there will apparently be a motion to censure me for writing that note submitted by the regional representative from Ohio.”

    Ridiculous reason to be censured. If I were on the LNC I’d vote against this motion to censure.

  14. Caryn Ann Harlos

    ==In other news, there will apparently be a motion to censure me for writing that note submitted by the regional representative from Ohio.==

    Oh for crying out loud,you have got to be kidding me.

  15. Marc Allan Feldman

    Therre was no motion for censure,. I made a motion to give the opportunity for LNC to express its consensus in agreement with the note, if such a consensus existed. The motion read as follows:
    “The Libertarian National Committee expresses its thanks to Senator
    Rand Paul for all his efforts to inject libertarian ideas into the
    Republican Presidential race. We still believe Senator Paul was the
    best candidate the Republican Party had to offer in the 2016
    election.”
    My intent was to match Nick’s wording as closely as possible. The motion was seconded by Bill Redpath. No LNC member volunteered to speak in support of the motion. Several LNC members spoke against the motion including Roland Reimers, and Vice Chair Arvin Vohra.
    Discusssion ended with the end of the time allotted (5 minutes). Ms. Mattson moved to table the motion indefinitely. Motion passed on a roll call vote (admirably moved by the Chair).
    I am very comfortable letting Libertarian Party members know that the note had some support but does not represent the consensus of the Libertarian National Committee.

  16. Michael H. Wilson

    It never hurts to say thank you. I have noticed over the years that some people don’t get that idea.

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