Last night’s election was not just a repudiation of liberal arrogance and media condescension, although it was certainly that. Other things happened. For example, the Libertarian Party failed to reach its most recent goal of 5%. This is big news and, in an election that featured the two most reviled candidates in modern elections, a reality that must be addressed.
The “moderate libertarian” failed.
“Fiscally conservative, socially tolerant” failed.
Johnson was unable to reach 15% to enter the debates, and then unable to reach 5%. At each interval, Johnson supporters lowered the bar of what they considered success. First, they were going to win. When that failed, they were going to be in the debates. When that failed, they were going to reach 5%. Now, they are surely saying, “Next election is ours! Rand2020!”
Stop and learn the lessons of this election. Your centrism failed. Johnson failed. That whole avenue of moderation was widely rejected last night.
All we’ve heard from Johnson supporters is that only a moderate like Johnson can win elections.
Except he didn’t.
And he won’t.
Stop and process that before we proceed.
We don’t need to try a moderate by a different name. We don’t need a different Republican who is okay with pot and gay people. We don’t need to swap out the moderate policies of Johnson with the moderate policies of Rand. That. Didn’t. Work.
It didn’t work under the best of circumstances.
Einstein suggested that insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting different results.
Well, last night you got your results.
So drop it and let libertarians have the Libertarian Party back.