Libertarian Party Nominates Spike Cohen for Vice-President

Ballot Access News:

On Sunday, May 24, the Libertarian Party nominated Spike Cohen for vice-president. The third round vote was: Cohen 533; John Monds 472.

More information at Reason.com

26 thoughts on “Libertarian Party Nominates Spike Cohen for Vice-President

  1. Dylan Robnett

    Spike Cohen seems like more of a liability than an asset. Jo will be asked about his outrageous shirtless photos, his support for the guy with a boot on his head, and his claiming to be an anarchist. Will she ever get to talk about the issues?

  2. Dylan Robnett

    I hope you’re right. He definitely appeals to someone like me. I just want to see a campaign of substance.

  3. Bondurant

    I would ask why a satirical boot is more disgraceful than senile, geriatric perverts with a bad rug, hair plugs, Botox and face lifts.

    The LP should deliver a message instead of a milquetoast campaign. That is what this campaign will do.

    Spike’s crew delivers A-game productions. Even after this campaign comes to end these talents must be harnessed.

  4. dL

    I would ask why a satirical boot is more disgraceful than senile, geriatric perverts with a bad rug, hair plugs, Botox and face lifts.

    Because some(right libertarians) think attracting disgruntled conservatives is the primary function of the LP. Seriousness demands conformity in attire, conformity in duplicating conservative agitprop(with some minor variations). Of course, Trump, the ultimate performance artist, has obsolesced the right libertarian prototype(Reagan). VS use of performance art was just a little ahead of the curve vis a vis majority LP acceptance. Serious libertarianism(i.e, libertarianism as a trailing indicator of conservatism) demands at least an 8 year time lag between what conservative accept now(performance artists, i.e Trump) and what libertarians will accept. So, I dunno, give it until the year 2028.

    Still, Vermin made a better showing than I originally thought he would do. Thankfully, the party is not only just a bunch wannabe serious neck stiffs.

  5. dL

    Spike’s crew delivers A-game productions. Even after this campaign comes to end these talents must be harnessed.

    Is it his crew that’s behind the Team Vermin’s ads?

  6. Bondurant

    More impressed as I dig into Spike’s work at Muddied Waters. Listening to this episode of (((My Fellow Americans))) with Brent DeRidder. These kats are doing good work.

  7. Michigan Voter

    How in the world could the delegates ignore the presidential nominee’s wishes? You just nominated her for President. Why would you not give her the VP of her choice?

    It’s not like there was something offensive about Monds. He is a libertarian and by all accounts a nice guy. It’s almost like there is something else about him that some of the delegates didn’t like.

  8. paulie Post author

    She said she would be happy with who the delegates selected. If she had a really strong preference she could have asked to be recognized to speak again before the final round of voting. She didn’t. She said she would be happy to run with any of them and did reveal who she would vote for based on sticking to her word from the debate (Monds). She also has said she’s happy to be running with Spike both before and after the nomination, though.

    I have absolutely nothing against John Monds, I think he’s a great guy and it’s a shame I could not vote for both him and Spike. I think Spike did a better job making a case for himself, and will create more energy and excitement for a ticket that needs a lot of help in that department. That’s why I voted for him.

    If you think I was obligated to vote for John Monds because he is black, or that I have something against any and all black candidates now, in the past, or in the future, you are way off track. I’ve voted for plenty of black candidates, would have voted for a lot more if I had been eligible, and I’m sure will again. I’m on record in the comments of various threads here that I thought Monds would have brought a lot to the ticket. It’s just that Spike brings more.

    If you want to imply that I have something against black folks in general, that’s even more off base. My sister’s husband is black, so my nephews are officially black. If I am not infertile, I have black kids and grandkids myself, although I was an irresponsible teenager with insane amounts of both motive and opportunity, so I don’t know. I’m about 5% black myself. I’ve spent big chunks of my life living and working in predominantly black neighborhoods.

    Are we going to say that everyone who didn’t vote for Spike has a problem with Jews? Maybe a few of them do, but I think the majority don’t. I’m sure there must be Jewish delegates who didn’t vote for Spike and perhaps even some black delegates who didn’t vote for Monds.

    Jo wasn’t my top choice for the nomination, but I like her. Spike was, but I wouldn’t have been trying to relitigate it had he not won. But he did, just as my top choice did not win for the top spot. Whether your top choice made it for the top spot, the VP, both, or neither, I hope we can all unite now and make the best of the ticket we do have rather than keep fighting the last battle when we’re at the start of the next one. .

  9. paulie Post author

    I can understand if you don’t want to take my word. Take Jo’s:

    Jo Jorgensen for President
    · 6 hrs ·

    I am honored to have Spike Cohen, Your Next VP as my running mate in the 2020 Presidential election!

    Spike is dedicated to securing freedom for all people, empowering the individual, and ending destructive government power.
    His ability to connect and communicate with people is unparalleled. He will be an inspiring asset to our team and to our great nation.

    Welcome Spike! I look forward to serving with you as President and Vice President of the United States of America!

  10. Bondurant

    Monds lasted longer than Gray and Kokesh for the presidential nomination (both of whom of higher profile) and made it to the final round of VP balloting but, here you are, insinuating there’s something about Monds we don’t like.

    Spike is the better communicator. He’s a better link to younger voters. He also started out as a VP candidate and put the time and effort into the nomination. A lot of delegates will honor that.

  11. paulie Post author

    Also FYI had it been ranked choice I would have ranked Monds ahead of Kokesh and Armstrong. Kokesh is Jewish also so it had nothing to do with ethnicity or race, just who I thought was the best possible candidate.

  12. Bondurant

    I wasn’t aware Kokesh was Jewish until he made a comment about running on a ticket with Amash: “Can you a imagine a Jew and an Arab teaming up against 2 senile old white guys?” Twas a great line.

    As for Monds, I would have placed him 2nd on a RCV ballot for president and vice president. Hope he stays active. He’s a great asset in Georgia and I’d like to see him take another crack at the ticket in ’24.

  13. Jose C

    Does anyone know of a good real estate agent? Spike Cohen needs one as he will be looking for a new home in another state.

  14. Carol Moore

    A lot of libertarians – even flaming radical like me – just didn’t pay much attention to Supreme as a non-serious candidate, and thus didn’t pay much attention to Spike until the end when he gave several solid libertarian presentations (with his clothes on).

    Even as an activist who went topless many times to protest various things, I was surprised to see that he not only did and still does a lot of half naked ads for himself. Most annoying, he even used such a photo in a Jorgensen/Cohen ad, with COHEN name bigger than Jorgensen!

    You know Amash in his withdrawal alluded to the fact that July Orlando participants could boot him from the ticket if they found too many of his positions too statist. (He’d been warned by various parties unhappy with various issues.)

    The same could happen to spike if he doesn’t get off the narcissistic kick. Nobody really wants to see his skinny hairy chest or see him try to macho flash his way into prominence over Jo Jorgensen. Reason had fun with his nakedness already. https://reason.com/2020/05/24/libertarian-party-picks-spike-cohen-as-its-vice-presidential-candidate

    He’s a smart guy, good on the issues and that’s what he’s gotta emphasize. Find a couple of issues that are insufficiently covered by the media and really push them to prominence.

    As for Monds, there must have been some reason he seemed so DOWN when he gave his little speil for VP. Maybe he’d figured out or heard Jo was not going to endorse only him. In any case, a strong presentation of the benefits of his being on the ticket might possibly have made a difference. The two of them were a much more sympatico match that liberals can’t ignore.

    Que sera sera.

  15. paulie Post author

    Reason had fun with his nakedness already. https://reason.com/2020/05/24/libertarian-party-picks-spike-cohen-as-its-vice-presidential-candidate

    I’ve suggested he do a burqa photo shoot in response. There are pictures of everyone from JFK to Obama with their shirt off. Big deal.

    Most annoying, he even used such a photo in a Jorgensen/Cohen ad, with COHEN name bigger than Jorgensen!

    Ooh, he used the first graphic he could find that was slightly better than what’s temporarily available from the campaign until they onboard better graphic designers. Granted, they should have done that before the nomination, but they didn’t. The campaign is ramping up quickly. Meantime some unknown person somewhere took a minute or two and fitted Jorgensen and Cohen to be the same length. Let’s stir up a giant controversy because Spike used the only graphic that mentioned his name which he could find in an ad. Or because someone did it on his behalf, I don’t even know what ad you are talkin about and he may not either. You think there’s some giant staff working on these ads and focus group testing them or something? A lot of them are made by one person with or without the candidate’s knowledge.

    As for Monds, there must have been some reason he seemed so DOWN when he gave his little speil for VP. Maybe he’d figured out or heard Jo was not going to endorse only him. In any case, a strong presentation of the benefits of his being on the ticket might possibly have made a difference.

    I’ve watched his performance in a number of debates and a couple of personal appearances. It was his usual style. Which may have had a lot to do with why Spike won.

    The two of them were a much more sympatico match that liberals can’t ignore.

    They’d just say it’s tokenism, warn about the dangers of “spoilers” and get back to work on getting Trump out of office. Meanwhile, Spike connects with a whole new generation in ways the LP never has before with its presidential ticket. So, let’s focus on the positive, quit the griping and give Spike a chance.

  16. Carol Moore

    Ms Harlos shook her breasts to get enough attention to boost her to secretary and then she stopped.

    But as I said elsewhere after making a new FB profile pic saying WOMAN PRESIDENT FInally! — I added the comment: “I hope she wins. I don’t even care if Spike opens a GoGo bar on PA Ave and becomes the main attraction!”

    ? ?

  17. Jared

    I wonder if Carol is aware that, like her best friend Caryn Ann Harlos, Jo Jorgensen favors deleting the abortion plank from the national platform. Hm….

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