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This weekend I'm traipsing around the Libertarian Party state chairs' conference in Florida, prepping for a panel on Libertarians and the media early in the evening. Just a few minutes ago I ran into Wayne Allyn Root, the TV host, sports handicapper and—until recently—Republican Party donor. He just joined the LP (as a life member) to explore a presidential run. "You need an issue that's going to grab people," he told me, "Twenty million people gamble online. They just watched the government come after something that they were having a lot of fun doing."

Since this is an issue Radley Balko predicted would backfire on the GOP, I'm curious to see what people think about that; or what you think about Root as an LP presidential candidate.