Joe Donnelly must be smiling a mile wide. Libertarian Andrew Horning is running for U.S. Senate in 2012.
Here is the statement:
Candidate for Indiana U.S.A. Senate
September 16, 2011
The Freedom Farm, Freedom, Indiana
We The People have exactly and only what We The People have chosen. It should now be apparent that We The People have chosen badly for a very long time.
We The People have nobody else to blame for the endless wars, rising debts, rising crime, dropping wealth and standard of living…we have chosen every injustice, every lawless law, every bit of our ungoverned government.
The good news is that we should no longer worry about the catastrophe that’s about to engulf us, because it’s now too late to stop it. More good news is that we’ll soon be free of the ease that clouded our perceptions and retarded our actions.
Even more good news is that it is never too late to decide how We The People are to create and maintain a society by which we can live together in relative peace, prosperity and safety.
And today is a very good day to start that discussion of life over politics.
Today, the Cassandra-like Libertarians must avoid the temptation to say “I told you so,” and instead keep on working for what’s true, and what works. Libertarians and other forward-thinking people should be on hand to rebuild what generations of bad choices and the entrenched abstractions of our so-called and unconstitutional “Two Party System” have destroyed: Law and Order, Liberty and Justice for All.
Today, Libertarians need not explain why they dare oppose the so-called “Two Party System.” Today, anybody who would vote for any Democratic or Republican Party candidate has, in the words of Desi Arnaz, “got some e’splainin’ to do!”
So today, in the interest of having the right people in the right places in the event that We The People decide that this is the right time to stop the madness, I am announcing my candidacy for the office of U.S.A. Senator for the State of Indiana.
Horning is a bright, talented, and well-spoken candidate with a strong working knowledge of the Constitution and an even stronger wit. He will make this drab race a little bit more colorful. He also figures to take a two to five percent bite out of the Republican candidate for Senate.
If that is Richard Lugar, Horning can play his campaign on Constitutional issues to draw over the Tea Partiers disillusioned by Lugar's moderate views. If Mourdock wins the primary, Horning can target Republicans that aren't quite sure about the Treasurer's far right views by playing up Libertarian social views.
Joe Donnelly benefits in many ways from this announcement. He could also see some effects the other way, though. Horning could be seen as a reasonable alternative to someone like Donnelly that may be to the right on some social issues.
One way or another, Andy Horning is a serious candidate and is not a novelty act. He may not win in 2012, but he will certainly make the party more fun.