|Gary Johnson and Bill Weld|
Tuesday, May 31, 2016
Strangeness of the delusional Libertarian Party bubbles up at its nominating convention
By Kevin “Coach” Collins
Is the delusional Libertarian Party a threat to Donald Trump’s election chances? No.
At its recent nominating convention the Libertarian Party played its usual role as the builders of the Tower of Babble. The Party that talks a good game about protecting individual rights has always been a haven for self-delusional and essentially disaffected Democrats who can’t bring themselves to declare who they really are. Their convention brought that fact home in a big way.
When the attendees selected former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson as their standard bearer all seemed right in the delusional Party. Johnson had just quit his job as the head of a marijuana company so what could be bad?
But the delusional Party isn’t the delusional Party for nothing. And when Johnson tapped former Massachusetts Governor William Weld as his running mate, the true colors started running through the room.
Weld was immediately attacked as a “Republican lite” candidate (N.B. those who see the Libertarian party as a ‘little brother’ of the Republican Party ought to always keep this remark in mind when considering the merits of the delusional Party).
After making his announcement, Johnson was pounced on by his rival Austin Petersen who make the following strange comment: “It’s time for us to stop nominating failed Republicans and start nominating successful Libertarians. In 2012, he [Weld] didn't endorse Ron Paul, he didn't endorse you, he endorsed Mitt Romney. In 2016, he endorsed John Kasich. Why didn't your VP pick endorse you?"
Successful Libertarians, it should be noted, are as rare as unicorns.
Johnson was booed when he tried to defend his choice by saying Weld was “the original Libertarian.”
The fun continued when Weld tried to defend himself. When asked who was worse-George W. Bush or Barack Obama-he gave a classic squishy politician’s reply: “I’d rate it a tie.” To top off the strangeness Weld said “…when people think of Libertarians they often think of “unattractive people” in their neighborhoods.”