I tend to like spoilers. Not movie spoilers or anything like that, but those behind-the-pack forces that wreak havoc for the people out front. A last place team ruins a playoff chance for another team but pulling out an unlikely victory? Awesome! Maybe it’s something twisted about my personality, or maybe I just dig the expression of power that comes with it.
It’s probably not a secret that I am fairly left-leaning on the political spectrum. Although my fiscal heart sits a smidge to the right side of moderate, for social issues I’m quite aligned with the Democratic party, and am registered as such.
I’ve written before about how much Ralph Nader gets my goat. And it’s not necessarily because of his general role as spoiler, but that he was spoiler for MY candidate. I suppose it’s fair to say that I like any spoiler, except when I’m vested in he for whom the spoiler works against.
But the campaigns of Ralph Nader, especially in 2000, have duly demonstrated the power of the political spoiler.
And now, I’ve got a spoiler I can get behind!
Bob Barr is running for president on the Libertarian ticket. He’s got an uphill battle for sure — right now his campaign isn’t even certain they can get him on the ballot in all 50 states. But people are loving him. He’s garnering the attention of conservative Republicans, and independents are showing him a lot of interest, too. Pollster John Zogby’s organization has done a really interesting poll that illustrates just how much influence Bob Barr might have in the ’08 election.
I don’t have the financial clout to max out my $2300 contribution limit for a candidate. But Barack Obama‘s had a few bucks thrown his way from my wallet. MoveOn.org Civic Action gets a few bucks when they are starting up a campaign I’m interested in (like now, they are about to embark on a big push in support of universal health care). And today I decided to throw Bob Barr a bone, too. If he can wreak half the havoc that Nader did in 2000, it will be money well-spent.
I’m also left to wonder how many of Ralph Nader’s political contributors were registered Republicans.