On paper, the Libertarian Party ticket – former Republican Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson and former Republican Governor of Massachussets William Weld – is a potential disaster for Donald Trump and his aspirations to be the Republican President of the United States.
That is because, along with their being two former Republicans on the ticket, so many conservative principles (not all by a long shot, but a lot of them) are embodied in the libertarian philosophy of less government.
And then there is the Supreme Court – the place where issues of less government are decided.
Here, during an interview with Reason magazine, is what Libertarian Vice Presidential nominee Weld, has to say about who a Johnson/Weld administration would fill its vacancies with:
“Well, I don’t think you have to panic and say it has to be a way lefty or way righty. Steve Breyer has been a good justice. He was appointed by Democrats.
“A Massachusetts guy. Merrick Garland, I think, would have been a very good pick, and he’s nominated by Obama. Everyone sort of agrees on that. ..you want people who are tranquil of mind and can analyze the issues and come to a conclusion that makes sense, rooted in the jurisprudence of our country going back hundreds of years.”
In other words, on one of the most important issues of this campaign – who will be selected for the several Supreme Court positions sure to become available (one already is, and at least two more look like they will in the next year or two)….
…Republican voters – certainly more conservative, in aggregate, than their Democrat counterparts – are being told that the Libertarian ticket will give them exactly the same kind of Supreme Court justices that Democrats have picked — which is certain to drove conservatives from that ticket, and possibly encourage some otherwise Hillary-inclined voters toward it.
Donald Trump should be sending William Weld a thank-you note.