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Constitution Party of Idaho: ‘Albatross’


Published on the Constitution Party of Idaho’s website on July 25th, 2016 (via Cody Quirk at ATPR)

The Federalist put up an article on June 8, citing former New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman. She has “never seen such a confluence of auspicious opportunity” for an independent presidential candidate.

Whitman is a board member of an organization called Better For America (BFA), which is, according to The Federalist- “dedicated to offering a viable independent candidate for president”.

BFA obtained ballot access in New Mexico, and claims that they will be on 25 state ballots by August 1st…a matter of days from now. If so, BFA (a brand new organization) will have bested the national Constitution Party which has been in political operation for 20 years. That does not speak well of the national Constitution Party.

Evidently, BFA will announce its candidate after the Democrat Convention in Cleveland is over. Who that may be is unknown. To what extent the BFA announcement will change overall polling, is also unknown. That said, the Libertarians at least have a vision (i.e. gaining ballot access in all 50 states for the first time in its 40 year history). They are going to be the beneficiaries, most likely.

Gallup polls claim that one in four Americans dislike both duopoly candidates.  Some indication suggests that electorate movement is toward Gary Johnson, the Libertarian candidate. For example, Johnson is holding at an 8.5% polling support (in a four way race which includes the Green Party). And a recent poll suggests that Johnson is besting both Trump and Clinton among our nation’s active troops

In any case, if Johnson can increase his bona fides to 15%, which may happen naturally on its own, Libertarians would earn outright a crucial spot in the presidential debates. Both the Greens and Libertarians filed suit last fall against the Commission on Presidential Debates imposing the 15% debate threshold, basing their case on anti-trust grounds. The case is still alive, and a ruling is due soon. If the 15% threshold is overturned, that would release a tsunami of public interest simply by having a fairer national debate in the “rigged system”.

Strangely, a recent poll (Salt Lake Tribune) from Utah suggests Johnson—polling within 3% of Trump and 2% of Clinton—could feasibly win the Beehive State should conditions deteriorate for the duopoly candidates. Go figure.

Ongoing national Constitution Party geographical consolidation

Ongoing geographical consolidation of national Constitution Party offices

Utah, of course, is where the current Constitution Party national chairman has coagulated this party’s internal offices and functions. Without a peep in the polls regarding the national Constitution Party’s presidential play, should the Libertarians win Utah, that would doubtlessly be the final coffin nail on the current Constitution Party’s leadership, so-called.

As for the “auspicious confluence” all we can say is that the Constitution Party landscape is parched bone dry. “Not a drop to drink,” as Samuel Coleridge put it. “Instead of the Cross, the Albatross about the neck was hung.”

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Krzysztof Lesiak

I've been a contributor for IPR since January 2013. I consider myself to be a paleoconservative. I'm also the founder of American Third Party Report. Email me at


  1. Gene Berkman Gene Berkman July 27, 2016

    ” …the Libertarians at least have a vision (i.e. gaining ballot access in all 50 states for the first time in its 40 year history…”

    Actually,in 1980 the Clark/Koch Libertarian ticket was on all 50 state ballots. In 1992 Andre Marrou, Libertarian for President was on the ballot in 50 states. I believe that Harry Browne was on all 50 state ballots in 1996. I don’t think Clark/Koch was on the ballot in DC, and not sure about the others.

    In 2000, Harry Browne was on the ballot in 49 states; the Arizona Libertarian Party put L. Neil Smith on the ballot.

  2. Floyd Whitley Floyd Whitley July 27, 2016

    I used The Federalist article as the source on the statement about Libertarians having ballot lines in 50 states for the first time. If that is in error, I have no problem admitting my mistake, and would be glad to do so.

    In any case, that correction doesn’t alter the gist of the comparative argument…to wit: at least the Libertarians have a vision. The contrast to the Constitution Party being implied.

  3. Tony From Long Island Tony From Long Island July 27, 2016

    I’ll say it again, no party can claim the name CONSTITUTION party if it’s platform has any sort of Religious base. It’s a farce.

  4. George Dance George Dance July 27, 2016

    While Johnson and Weld could be on the ballot in all 50 states, they will not be on as Libertarians in all 50. In some states, they are going to have to run as Independents.

    One is Alabama, where the state require 5,000 signatures to run as an independent candidate for President, and 35,000 signatures to run as a third party.

    Another is Ohio, where the Republican Secretary of State had the Libertarian candidates for governor and lieutenant governor thrown off the 2014 ballot, and now claims they can’t run a candidate for President because they didn’t run a candidate for governor.

  5. Richard Winger Richard Winger July 27, 2016

    The Libertarian ticket was on the ballot in all 51 jurisdictions in 1980, 1992, and 1996.

    No presidential candidate except Reps and Dems has had his or her party label on the ballot in all jurisdictions in the history of the nation. But if the ballot access lawsuits pending in Ohio and Tennessee win, then Gary Johnson will have the Libertarian label in every state except Alabama, assuming he gets on the ballot in all 51 jurisdictions.

    In the early years of the 20th century, there were no party labels on the ballot for any candidates in Florida, Tennessee, and Virginia.

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