- People will be safe at 118th Boston Marathon, Mayor Marty Walsh says
- Boy Scout, 12, killed by rolling tree during troop outing at Washington park
- South Korean president: Ferry crew actions ‘murderous’
- President Obama poised to grant clemency to nonviolent drug offenders: report
- Teen OK after riding in wheel well of Hawaii jet
- Kraft recalls 96K pounds of Oscar Mayer hot dogs over cheese error
- Boy Scouts boots church as host after gay leadership dispute
- Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s new book raises 2016 presidential speculation
- America is an oligarchy, not a democracy or republic, university study finds
- Rep. Marsha Blackburn: Hillary Clinton won’t be first female president
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Topic - Virgil Goode
Third-party candidates Gary Johnson and Virgil Goode are blips in the presidential race. Yet in a tight race between Democratic President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney that likely will be won or lost at the margins, even blips can be a big deal.
As a Libertarian, I was intrigued to read the article "Va. GOP finds hope in polling for Goode" (Web, Sept. 23). The most entertaining part was the quote from Rep. Gerald E. Connolly, Virginia Democrat, who said: "I think it's part and parcel of a shameful philosophy that has somehow taken over the party of Lincoln. What's the harm in letting people [get] on the ballot?"
Mitt Romney is likely to have more company on the Virginia ballot than he'd prefer in November.
Mr. Goode says the party’s petition challenge folds into a larger pattern this year, likening it to the Romney campaign’s treatment of Rep. Ron Paul of Texas — the lone GOP primary contender who hasn’t formally endorsed the former Massachusetts governor.
Mr. Goode, a Democrat-turned-independent-turned-Republican who served six terms in the House of Representatives, says he submitted about 20,500.