*misattributed to Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Périgord.
This last election offered a great lesson – in both party primaries and certainly for the Libertarian Party.
What won? Different. What lost? The same.
In the Republican primaries, there is no doubt that different won. Out of seventeen (or however many initial) candidates, only one sounded different. He won.
On the Democratic side, different made a big dent, and there is much to suggest that he might have won had not the entire democratic establishment and press conspired against him.
For the Libertarian Party, merging some of the best and worst of the Republicans and Democrats only offered…more of the same.
What is my point?
When he first came on the stage, many thought Rand Paul would be that different candidate. By the time he was on the first presidential debate stage, it was clear to most but the most ardent Rand supporters that this was not the case.
What does this have to do with the great line that Telleyrand did not originate?
Today the US Senate voted 99-0 — unanimously — to continue the idiotic, counterproductive, economically-disastrous, and anachronistic sanctions regime against an Iranian government that has proven willing to do business with the United States.
One senator did not vote: Bernie Sanders – different at a time when different wins. Not voting is not really great, but at least different.