I live in a Blue State.
No, I live in a BLUE STATE.
The worst that a Democratic Presidential candidate has done in Delaware since 1992 (with Perot at his strongest in the mix) is win by 6%. It's usually a lot more. As for party registration and the fact that the GOP here has been effectively reduced to minor party status, I'll turn it over to long-time Libertarian Party of Delaware activist and frequent commenter Tom:
As of May 2012 it's 47% D, 29% R, and 24% "All Others", which is the Dept, of Elections' way of saying 3rd Parties & unaffiliated.
But if you break it down by General Assembly districts, the picture gets much more interesting in several ways that the DE GOP's so-called Leadership are unwilling to even acknowledge in public:
1. After the redistricting, there are 12 of 21 Senate seats and 19 of 41 House seats that Republicans can not win even if they get nearly all of the 3rd party votes and many of the Democrats stay home.
2. By contrast, there are no safe Republican seats, and only 3 Senate and 6 House seats that Republicans even have a chance of winning w/o substantial help from 3rd party & unaffiliated voters and or defection by Democrats.
3. There are 7 Senate districts and 12 House districts where "All Others" outnumber Republicans, and only a few districts where All Others does not constitute a very substantial swing vote.
Nonetheless, one of the few things that the Dems and GOPers agree on in Delaware is that they want to exclude third parties. We used to have fusion nominations; last year the General Assembly eliminated them. We used to have very low registration requirements to maintain ballot access, last year the General Assembly raised them, nearly costing the Greens, the Constitution Party, and the Working Families Party their ballot access. Latest reports suggest that they all dodged the bullet, but we'll see.
|Just so you know: the|
Indpendent Party of
Delaware is NOT named
after a popular MP3
player. It's the other
We are a small state, and we are all outlaws. Most of us are friends.
We are friends who do not allow our political differences to separate us on the one over-arching issue where we have common ground: breaking open the two-party (in our case, de facto one party) death grip on political access and power. We would all cheerfully go into the legislature and fight tooth and nail against each other over issues of policy and law--but I can say this about my friends in those other parties: none of them would ever try to create an exclusionist political system as bad as the one we currently operate under.
Most of the membership of the Libertarian Party of Delaware tends to consist of pragmatic, not dogmatic Libertarians. We talk a lot about tactics, and less about theory. We accept the idea of libertarian as generally meaning socially tolerant and fiscally conservative. We don't have prolonged diatribes about all taxation is theft. And we don't get upset, or meddle in, the choices that other Libertarian Parties make in other states.
Which is an important distinction, as dogmatist libertarians seem quite prepared to tell us what we should or be shouldn't doing inside Delaware. Again and again.
|Will McVay: The Delaware GOP hates|
him so much that they nicknameed him
"McVenom" after he sued them over
|Tyler Nixon: Libertarian and|
anti-drug war activist that the
State has gone to amazing
lengths to shut up.
We do things our own way in Delaware.
|Andrew Groff: endorsed|
by the LPD for the
But we're proud to have Andrew Groff running for US Senate against corporate shill Tom Carper, particularly in a circus race where nobody even remembers who the Republican is, and the chief entertainment is being caused by wealthy bar owner Alex Pires runnning against him as an independent.
|Many LPD members|
their party ID to
vote for Ron Paul
So guess what, Libertarian world? Get over it.
We work hard for our candidates, we're working hard for Gary Johnson in a hostile environment, and normally we get absolutely no consideration and no attention from the national Libertarian Party because our ballot access is rock-solid assured, so they don't have to spend a dime here. And trust me, they don't, and they generally don't seem to give a rat's butt about us, either.
The Gary Johnson campaign has been quite different. They've been interested, involved, and willing to help since day one. They understand what we're about here, and it is the same thing that Gary Johnson seems to be about: building a real alternative party that can actually compete.
Here's the thing, Libertarian world: those of us who want to see more liberty, fewer taxes, less war, and less Federal intrusion in our lives realize that we're going to have to grow this party beyond the 18% or so of the public that considers itself Libertarian in some fashion now. We're going to have to educate, use every tactic at our command, and work through increments.
I love the people who won't endorse Gary Johnson because, after bringing all the troops home from Afghanistan and cutting the defense budget by 43%, he won't condemn the proper use of military force to track down a genocidal murderer. This somehow makes him a neo-con.
I love the people who won't support Gary Johnson because he's realistic enough to know that the US Congress won't just abolish the Federal Reserve, and therefore puts out a plan to audit the Fed and limit its activities. This somehow makes him appear to have been co-opted by Ben Bernanke.
I love you guys, I really do.
But neither I nor any of the other Libertarians in Delaware are going to let you dictate to us how we run out party, select our candidates, or approach life in the bluest of Blue States.