Ron Paul, along with presidential candidates Chuck Baldwin (Constitution Party), Cynthia McKinney (Green Party), and Ralph Nader (Independent), held a press conference Wednesday, September 10 at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. Bob Barr (Libertarian Party) was not present, but his campaign staff assured Nader less than an hour before the press conference that Barr supports the group’s four-point platform.
A number of former GOP presidential candidates — Sam Brownback, Rudy Giuliani, Mike Huckabee, Mitt Romney, and Fred Thompson — are scheduled to speak at the Republican National Convention, where they will be expected to display party unity and support John McCain, the GOP’s presumptive standard-bearer. Ron Paul will not be among them.
It looked for a while like it might have been Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty who would wind up on the Republican ticket alongside John McCain, but instead it is Alaska Governor Sarah Palin who will be in the running to take over from Dick Cheney.
As the recently concluded primary season reminded us, America’s quadrennial presidential nominating process, from the earliest primaries to the national party conventions, has become little more than a political sporting event of mind-numbing complexity.
What effect would a John McCain presidency have on the Supreme Court? That question is perhaps even more important this election year, since three or four Supreme Court justices are likely to retire during the next presidential term.
1968. For nostalgic, aging radicals, that year is fondly remembered as the zenith of their glory days, when their demonstrations against the Vietnam War and the American “system” reached a fever pitch, culminating in the televised violence and riots at the Democratic National Convention in Chicago. For most other Americans old enough to remember that time 40 years ago, it is marked as one of the darkest in American history, a year of riots, revolution, murder, and mayhem.