Austin Cassidy is kind of peeved that we’ve been down on Weld for his broken campaign promise to run even if he didn’t get the GOP nod. He points out Weld’s libertarian-leaning track record while he was Massachusetts’s governor — and moves on to chastise “celebrity” candidate cheerleaders:
His campaign implodes, he drops out, and then he’s burned alive by 100 blogging Libertarians who are delighted to be rid of someone so less-than-pure.
[…] So, to be as blunt as possible”¦ there is no way in hell any Libertarian candidate this year is going to get 50,000 votes. Anyone saying “I told you so” must be insane”¦ because Bill Weld was the party’s only remote shot at reaching out to a wider pool of voters and JUST MAYBE becoming ballot qualified.
It didn’t work out, the Weld campaign was torn apart by a half dozen different factors”¦ end of story.
Nominate whoever you want next time and continue to get nowhere. I’m sure you’ll feel all warm and fuzzy inside on election night as your candidate pulls in with his well deserved 0.1% of the vote.
Also, be sure to direct lots and lots of bitter rage toward Bill Weld for dropping out. That way, in the future, those doggone qualified candidates”¦ err I mean”¦ “celebrity” candidates won’t bother you guys for support. (Anyone who’s not a clerk in a pet store or a retired professor is apparently a celebrity.)
Granted, I liked Weld, and I would have loved to see him stay in the race even if it was only as the Libertarian nominee (he’s a good candidate for us, and apparently enough delegates endorsed him that felt the same way). I’m not trying to burn him for being less-than-pure… my anger is directed at his now-blatant political pandering that he displayed just to get our endorsement. If the LPNY means so little to him vote-wise, then why did he court them in the first place? That’s down-right duplicitous.
The whole thing reeks in my view, especially as he ran for the exit at the first hint of trouble after he explicitly promised on video that he wouldn’t leave the LPNY holding an empty bag in November. Frankly if he had said that his campaign was contingent on getting the GOP nomination, there might have been enough hesitation by the delegates to nix the whole deal, as the wariness in the video is apparent.
If there’s any burning of Weld occurring here, it’s not because he wasn’t libertarian enough — it’s because he wasn’t man enough to stand back up after getting knocked down.