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:
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.