A. Barton Hinkle on Libertarianism and the Virginia Governor's Race


Robert Sarvis

According to the conservative Media Research Center's analysis of this year's race for governor in Virginia, coverage of Republican candidate Ken Cuccinelli has been "viciously negative," with 24 critical stories for every uncritical one. Coverage of the Democrat, Terry McAuliffe, hasn't exactly been glowing: By the MRC's estimate, negative stories about him outnumber positive stories three to one. But Robert Sarvis, the Libertarian candidate, probably would switch places with either of them in a heartbeat. He barely gets mentioned at all – garnering only about 2 percent of all coverage – even though his name will appear on the ballot alongside the other two. That's too bad, writes A. Barton Hinkle. Because Sarvis is the only one actually talking about the issues.