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Bill Weld 2020?


Buried by other news was a little nugget reported this week by WCBV in Boston. Bill Weld is considering running for President as a Republican and may have even taken a leave of absence from his law firm to do that.

If you’re not familiar with Weld, he was Governor of Massachusetts for six years and change back in the ’90s. He tends to get antsy; after winning reelection in 1994, he challenged John Kerry for his Senate seat in 1996. Then, rather than finish his term as governor, he resigned when Bill Clinton tried to appoint him Ambassador to Mexico, but the Senate Foreign Relations Committee never even gave his appointment a hearing and the nomination was withdrawn. (Jesse Helms didn’t want to give Weld a hearing because Weld was too moderate for Helms’ taste.) And, of course, he appeared on the 2016 Libertarian ticket as Gary Johnson’s running mate.

Beware the “Libertarians”


johnson-weldIf there was ever a year for a frustrated conservatarian to consider voting for the Libertarian Party ticket, 2016 would seem to be a godsend: Trump and Clinton are … well, no need to rehash this … and the Libertarians have nominated not one but two former Republican governors. But as Ilya Shapiro writes on Cato at Liberty, the theory of the Johnson-Weld ticket and its reality diverge greatly, and not in a way that pays any compliments to the latter:

[In this recent] ReasonTV interview … Weld praises Justice Stephen Breyer and Judge Merrick Garland, who are the jurists most deferential to the government on everything, whether environmental regulation or civil liberties. Later in the same interview, he similarly compliments Republican senators like Mark Kirk and Susan Collins, who are among the least libertarian of the GOP caucus in terms of the size and scope of government and its imposition on the private sector and civil society.

What’s painful about this is that it’s not as if there weren’t other alternatives available to them. There’s no shortage of libertarian-friendly judges whom they might have cited, including Justice Clarence Thomas. And why on earth would this list include Collins and Kirk but not Reps. Justin Amash and Thomas Massie, or Senator Rand Paul?