The DNC Solves Its Randall Terry Problem

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March 23 2012 2:20 PM

The DNC Solves Its Randall Terry Problem

Randall Terry, the pro-life advocate-turned-stunt presidential candidate, is apoplectic. He's told me (and some other people) that he wants to win Democratic caucuses in Alaska, Kansas, and Wyoming. He's filed a declaration of candidacy in all three states. In Alaska, that meant giving the party a $1000 check -- which the party says it's returning, having taken him off the ballot. Terry's response:

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What's the Democrats' excuse? The answer, obviously, starts with Lyndon LaRouche. In 2000, the perennial, undefinable candidate was the last man standing when Al Gore was wrapping up his primary wins. LaRouche did well enough in Arkansas, for example, to earn delegates. The party eventually found a way to avoid the embarrassment of LaRouche cultists showing up as anti-Gore partisans in Los Angeles, and in years therafter it added this language to its delegate rules.

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The "good faith" and "objectives" clause is the Terry-killer. When he won delegates in Oklahoma, he told me he was running an "Obama suppression campaign" with the explicit goal of defeating the president. In a post-LaRouche world that's enough to stop him.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics