(from IWIR website)
On that episode (You can find audio of that episode here. The Rupert coverage begins at 13:02,) a few things really stood out to me. First, the discussion it received seemed to laugh off the (then) potential candidate. Second, it felt like the panelists, for one reason or another, were scared to tackle both the Rupert subject and the viability of the Libertarian Party. Third, the members of the panel showed very little knowledge of how Indiana law works in respect to parties other than the Republicans and Democrats.
(You see, everything from party conventions to ballot access to primaries...everything, really...works vastly different if you're not an R or a D. Little tricks the two major parties have made laws on to keep it so they are the only likely players in most races. Even in races where a third party candidate is present, the laws make it very difficult for the non-major candidate to have a fair shake.)
Because of Rupert's (then) potential candidacy, I decided to comment on Shella's blog, asking him when the show planned to add a Libertarian to the panel. Shella replied,
"We have no current plans to add a Libertarian. It is a statewide show and without a Libertarian challenging seriously for any statewide offices that would be difficult to justify."I don't know, of course, if Shella had yet received word of Boneham's Saturday announcement. If he had, even as predictable as the outcome of Saturday's press conference was, he had no way to know for sure what Rupert was going to say.
Well, guess what, Mr. Shella...you know now. As of two days ago, there is a Libertarian challenging seriously for a statewide office. And not just any statewide office, but THE statewide office...the race for Indiana Governor. For at least the next twelve months, Indiana's Libertarian Party and Rupert Boneham will be constant fixtures in the news of Indiana's politics.
Libertarian Party of Indiana
Things just changed for the Indiana Libertarian Party. Every discussion of Indiana politics, especially the 2012 Governor's race, will now mention Rupert Boneham and the Libertarian Party. It's now time for Indiana's political news show to change as well.