For all the proud talk of breaking 1%, of breaking 1 million votes, Libertarian Party candidate Bob Barr justified his critics by pulling in (according to the tally available at this moment) just 477,000 votes.
Michael Badnarik 397,000 in 2004
Harry Browne 384,000 in 2000
Harry Browne 486,000 in 1996
Or, looked at another way, here's what other Libertarian candidates achieved last night:
Chris Cole (Senate, NC) 131,000 votes
Michael Munger (Governor NC) 121,000 votes
Allen Buckley (Senator GA) 121,000 votes
Yvonne Schick (Senator TX) 184,00 votes
The total for four Libertarian State candidates: 557,000 votes
There are a lot of ways to slice and dice this, but the simplest is to acknowledge some stark realities:
Bob Barr is not a Libertarian, and he got rejected by the majority of Libertarian voters.
The strength of the Libertarian movement is in its usually ignored State affiliates.
The strategy for electing freedom-oriented candidates needs to be rethought.
Oh, and--perhaps not surprisingly--(faux) Libertarian Republican has taken a lower road than even I could possibly have imagined: