Last night I went to an event featuring Brian Doherty
being interviewed by Todd Seavey and talking about his new book on Ron Paul
. It was supposed to be held in a bar, but the bar is not yet open for business due to construction delays, so it was held in the bar owner's living room instead.
Doherty's an interesting guy who's been following politics long enough and closely enough to have some good observations about how the process works. The event was pretty well attended - maybe 30+ people. The crowd was actually about 1/4 to 1/3 female (and about 1/3 bearded, middle-aged male computer programmers, lest you think that demographic is underrepresented in libertarian politics) and there were a few Black attendees as well.
One of the more interesting points of the evening was when Seavey asked the crowd, assuming that it's Romney vs. Obama with Gary Johnson as the LP candidate, who would vote for Johnson? Would anyone vote for Romney? Would anyone vote for Obama? (No on both.) Who would just stay home? Who would vote for Ron Paul anyway? I actually spoke up for the last option, although more to defend it in hypothetical terms than as something I'm really likely to do. Later I got into an interesting discussion with a guy who criticized Paul from the angle that he's like a court jester - he can say unpopular things precisely because nobody is taking him very seriously.
"Millennials are lazy. They'd rather have avocado toast than cave in a man's skull with a tire iron!" -FFF