What Is The Republican Liberty Caucus Waiting For In Kansas?

Whoever said the two reliable things in life were “death and taxes” obviously forgot the third- elections (at least for Americans, can’t say the same about North Korea)…

While attending FreedomFest 2017 in Las Vegas, there was a lot of buzz regarding one specific election however, the US Senate race in Missouri, particularly Austin Petersen. Petersen (who didn’t attend the event) was the preferred Republican to go up against Democrat-incumbent Claire McCaskill among those I spoke too, with Missouri State Representative Paul Curtman also receiving a large degree of praise from libertarians and conservatives alike.

When discussing the race with a gentleman standing at the Republican Liberty Caucus booth in the exhibit hall, he brought to my attention that the day Petersen announced his run for US Senate, he became a dues paying member of the RLC. It makes sense, the RLC is home to many liberty-Republicans such as Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, and Justin Amash just to name a few. Petersen however shares some striking similarities to the RLC founder(s) that peeked my interest when it was brought up…

Founded by Libertarians, Not Conservatives

While the RLC of today is a organization made up of libertarians and conservatives who meet in the middle (civil-libertarians is a more accurate term to use as well), it was in fact started by libertarians who wanted to make an impact in the GOP. By running as a open ideological libertarian under the GOP banner, Petersen is the RLC vision come to fruition.

A Tradition Continued

Roger Macbride- the faithless elector from the 1972 election and 1976 Libertarian Party presidential candidate, started the RLC after leaving the Libertarian Party after seeing the LP’s dismal electoral progress. The caucus was also chaired at one time by Texas representative and former 1988 Libertarian presidential candidate Ron Paul. Petersen, who refused to support Bill Weld’s Vice Presidential candidacy (a rogue trait seen in MacBride along with Ron Paul, who endorsed Constitution Party candidate Chuck Baldwin in 2008 instead of his party’s nominee John McCain) at the 2016 Libertarian National Convention, is now the the third former Libertarian presidential candidate to be part of the RLC. Gary Johnson was a member until his 2012 run for president as a Libertarian as well, along with RLC staffer Wayne Allen Root who joined the RLC after his 2008 campaign as Bob Barr’s (Barr endorsed Petersen’s campaign recently) VP pick.

With That Said…

With everything laid out, you’d think this would be a no-brainer for the caucus, but apparently they must be holding out for the other prospective Republicans before making an endorsement (as a NASCAR fan I have heard rumors of Carl Edwards running). With Congressional Republican ratings in the toilet and the midterms looking dim for the GOP, you’d think the RLC would jump in at the thought of supporting one libertarian-Republican who could turn the tide. We’ll see how things go, because elections are as unpredictable as they come, but you’d think after the RLC’s meme love letter to Petersen this would have happened by now.

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