Split on the right gets nasty

Somehow I recently got on to an email list for national Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gary Johnson and yesterday I received a fundraising message from the campaign that indicates there is a rather nasty split on the American political right.

This is an excerpt from the message:

“Friends,

Your voting rights are under attack – by Mitt Romney and the national Republicans. 

Mitt Romney doesn’t want Gov. Gary Johnson on the ballot.  It’s just that simple. 

Clearly, the idea of giving voters a chance in November to vote for a presidential candidate who is serious about cutting spending, repealing the Patriot Act, ending the wars, and standing up for individual liberties is scaring the Republicans – and perhaps it should.

But rather than have a debate on these issues with Governor Johnson, the Republicans are trying to silence him.  In elections offices and courts across the country, Republican operatives and lawyers are trying to remove  Governor Johnson’s name from the ballot before the voters ever get a chance to cast their vote.”

Could Johnson do for Obama what Ross Perot helped do for Bill Clinton and what Ralph Nader did for George W. Bush? It certainly looks like that’s what the Romney people are afraid of.

 

 

7 Comments

  1. Angelina Fox

    September 6, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    Whether he will be a spoiler for Romney is up for grabs at this point. However, a vote for Gary Johnson will not be a wasted vote. It is a vote for the future. If he gets 10% of the vote, it will send shock waves across the country. Learn more about Gary Johnson at http://www.GaryJohnson2012.com.

  2. Jessie Wilkins

    September 6, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    The big issue here is ballot repression, how Romney and the GOP tried one dirty trick after another in states such as Iowa, Michigan and Pennsylvania to keep Gary Johnson off their ballots. That’s un-American.

  3. BeloSol

    September 6, 2012 at 1:42 pm

    Rob Schofield writes:
    “Could Johnson do for Obama what Ross Perot helped do for Bill Clinton …”

    No, he’s too late. The RNC and the Romney campaign have already done it to themselves, by their conduct of the convention in Atlanta. People who only saw summaries on the evening news are apparently unaware of what really went on.

  4. Frank Burns

    September 6, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    In my opinion, Gary Johnson is and always has been a fringe candidate and will be lucky to get 2% of the vote. Most people on the right have become pragmatic with the primary goal being the defeat of Obama.

  5. Tim

    September 6, 2012 at 8:38 pm

    Gary Johnson will win the election: http://ow.ly/dt36G

  6. shane

    September 7, 2012 at 11:35 am

    Do as Ron Paul will do and vote for Gary Johnson! Let’s win this!

  7. Eric Dondero

    September 7, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Vote smartly! If you are a libertarian and live in a swing state, please vote for Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. If you live in a deeply red state, why not vote for Johnson/Gray? The more votes the Libertarian ticket gets, the greater incentive Romney/Ryan will have to move in a more hardline libertarian (government-cutting) direction on Jan. 21, 2013.

    Addendum: The definition of a “swing state” is changing vastly. We now learn that New Jersey and Connecticut are now swing states, Romney down only 7 in those formerly deeply blue states. That means states like North Carolina, Wisconsin, and New Hampshire, once considered “swing,” may now be moving into the “safely Republican” column.