WCCO-TV in Minnesota recently interviewed Jesse Ventura, who says he is considering seeking the Libertarian presidential nomination. The interview does not mention that Libertarian Party rules require presidential and vice-presidential nominees to be members of the party, although there no requirement that they must have joined before the convention.
But the interview also seems to reveal that Ventura thinks the Libertarian convention is in June. Actually it is May 26-30. Also Ventura is in the habit of saying that George Washington was not a member of any party. Actually Washington was a Federalist. Washington disliked partisanship, and warned against “the spirit of party” in his Farewell Address. He was careful to have members of both the Democratic-Republican Party and the Federalist Party in his cabinet. But he himself was a strong Federalist. During Washington’s presidency, the biggest issue in U.S. politics was foreign policy. The Federalist Party was fiercely opposed to the French Revolution and was relatively sympathetic to Great Britain. The Democratic-Republican Party had the opposite view. Washington was so opposed to the French Revolution, when the ambassador from France called on Washington, Washington made sure to have a portrait of the beheaded Louis XVI on the wall.