It looks like the Albany Times-Union has felt the need to completelyWilliam Weld over accepting the endorsement of the Libertarian Party.
Let’s take a look at some of what’s been said.
It hardly would have counted as news, ordinarily, when William Weld, a Republican candidate for governor, said over the weekend that he didn’t agree with New York’s tiny Libertarian Party on many issues. That only becomes significant, not to mention dicey, because Mr. Weld said so as he accepted the Libertarian nomination.
Talk about naked opportunism. Mr. Weld is clearly smitten with the idea of having a second ballot line — assuming, that is, he’s able to defeat John Faso for the Republican nomination. And the Libertarians are just as taken with the idea of Mr. Weld winning the 50,000 votes they need to gain an automatic line on the ballot and the official status that comes with it.
This seems a rather odd thing to say about politics-all of politics is opportunism, to some extent or another. What’s been done is fully legal, to boot-it’s not like there’s some Libertarian special interest that Weld is pandering to or something.
What’s so troubling about Mr. Weld’s dalliance with the Libertarians is its seeming disregard for ideology and principle. Here he is, professing general agreement with the Libertarians on the proper limits of government. Only that’s not nearly enough. He needs to be more specific.
Once again, the majors are aghast at the concept of a Libertarian playing politics instead of staying backed up into a corner of ideological purity. Why? Because when we play politics, we can be dangerous to them. We’re safe and ignorable so long as we’re preaching Rand; clearly they want us to go back to that to protect the duopoly.
…blah blah statist bullshit…
Mr. Weld needs to explain why he’s now the candidate of a minor party that he can’t find many positions or issues where he can agree. It’s one more reason why New York should stop the travesty of letting candidates be the nominee of more than one party at a time.
This is so two-faced. Giuliani is a pro-choice Republican, Hillary Clinton’s a pro-war, pro-Patriot Act, pro-censorship Democrat, so clearly New York politicians aren’t used to toeing their parties’ lines.
So why the double standard for Libertarians?
Let’s keep them scared.