Just got a call from a polling firm.
Checking on Lib Prez candidates. Made sure I was a delegate to the national convention.
Guy asks, "Which of the following candidates do you support for Lib Pres nomination?"
(Reads list, including Barr, Gravel, Ruart, and Root. Also includes Tucker Carlson. I figure that Carlson is just a spoiler; he has never said he's a Libertarian, and isn't running for Prez.)
I answer "Undecided," which is true.
Guy asks, "After that first choice, what is your SECOND choice?"
Stunned for a moment, I pause and say, "Still....undecided."
Guy says, "Final question: Which of those candidates would you say has true Libertarian values?"
I'm a big tent guy, so I say: "All of them....EXCEPT Tucker Carlson."
Guy rings off. I am smug, thinking I caught them on their spoiler question.
Except that, Tucker Carlson has apparently decided to think about it. And Carlson may be funding the polling of Lib Nat Conv delegates.
Interesting. All the end of this week, I'll be live-blogging the LP Nat Conv, so stay tuned. It sounds pretty exciting.
UPDATE: Clearly, from comments, I was unclear. Far be it for me to check someone's papers on whether s/he is "really" a libertarian. If Tucker wants in, he's in. More power to him. I was making a mistake more fundamental than that. I thought I was answering based on a spoiler question, the sort of thing that people use to discredit a group. "Look, all these delegates, people who should know better, said that Tucker Carlson was running! What idiots!" I was wrong to do that, because Tucker is in fact considering running. BR points out Tuckers has been saying he's a Libertarian for some time. I just didn't know. In any case, the point is that I was answering a survey in what I thought, wrongly (as usual!), was a clever way. On the merits, sure, Tucker Carlson is a libertarian, and welcome!