The Rise of Wayne Allyn Root
He didn’t get as much coverage as, say, Dick Armey, but 2009 was a very good year for one of the more ambitious figures in conservative politics, Wayne Allyn Root. A self-made millionaire who rose to prominence as an expert on gambling — especially sports betting — Root barreled into the 2008 Libertarian Party presidential campaign, eventually becoming Bob Barr’s running mate. Neither candidate was satisfied with what, in the end, was the most successful LP campaign since 1980, in terms of raw votes. But Root bounced back with a political text titled “The Conscience of a Libertarian” and a steady stream of appearances on Fox Business. And today he informs the subscribers to his enormous email list that he’s guest-hosting G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show, no small forum, on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Wayne’s confirmed guests include former Republican Presidential candidate and Forbes magazine Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes; best-selling author, syndicated columnist and conservative commentator Ann Coulter; best-selling author, Newsmax.com columnist and political strategist Dick Morris; and possible 2012 Presidential candidate Gary Johnson, the former Governor of New Mexico.
It’s fascinating watching Root transform into a libertarian/conservative pundit in real time, and become immediately credible. Here’s Root in action.