Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Justin Amash announces candidacy for Libertarian presidential nomination

"Note that the ABC 13 clip reports that Amash has not ruled out running for the Presidency as a Libertarian," I observed at the end of Justin Amash declares his political independence on July 4th, leaving the G.O.P.  Nine months later, the other shoe dropped, as WOOD-TV reported Justin Amash announces bid for presidency as Libertarian.

U.S. Rep. Justin Amash is making a run for the White House, hoping to be the nominee for the Libertarian Party.
That's not a bad analysis, as far as it goes, but it doesn't look at the effect on the general election should Amash get the nomination.  Amash himself offered his scenario in ABC 13's Interview: Justin Amash talks about launching a presidential exploratory committee.

After months of speculation, Rep. Justin Amash (I-Grand Rapids) announced Tuesday night that he launched an exploratory committee to seek the Libertarian nomination for president.

The congressman made the announcement on Twitter.

Amash said two weeks ago that he had put his congressional campaign on pause to consider running for president. Since then, the congressman said he took time to talk with family and friends about what a run for the White House could look like.
Amash's nomination is not a foregone conclusion, which is why I'm waiting to follow up on the rest of what I wrote last July.
I will likely analyze his ideology at both Voteview and On The Issues, as I have for the Democrats, but that will only happen after I report on the latest scores for the Democrats at On The Issues, which have changed just since last month.
I'll do it along with making drink suggestions, but only after Amash earns the Libertarian Party nomination, which is scheduled for May, but could be delayed.  In the meantime, stay tuned for the retrospective about this blog on Twitter I promised in Comments from the ninth year of Crazy Eddie's Motie News for Flashback Friday for Throwback Thursday.

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