What could account for the following 180 degree change of course? Honest question.
In 2012, just before the disastrous re-election of the worst President in the history of the United States, there was fretting by the author (Karen) of the excellent conservative website, the Lonely Conservative, about libertarians voting for Gary Johnson and denying Mitt Romney victory:
“Just saw on twitter that Gary Johnson could be the spoiler in Florida. Screw you libertarians for voting to allow the ruin of our republic.”
Strange how things change. Here she is now:
“On both sides you hear that if you vote third party you are giving away your vote to the other side.”
Wait, you said that in 2012, Karen. What changed? Here she is promoting the “Balanced Rebellion” push to get people to vote for Gary Johnson. This time.
“I’m on board. And just for the record, I wouldn’t normally vote for Gary Johnson because there are a few issues I don’t agree with him on, and was hoping the Libertarians had nominated someone else. But they didn’t, and this isn’t a normal year. I agree with him on enough of the big issues, and in my opinion he’s better than Trump or Clinton.”
Wow. So what’s different? “It’s not a normal year.” Well, it’s hard to argue with that. Again, what’s changed? The Democrat option hasn’t got ANY better. Gary Johnson hasn’t really changed, as Karen concedes. Did the poles of the Earth swap again while I wasn’t looking?
It seems to me that the only difference now is the candidate that Gary Johnson would be cheating out of a victory is Trump rather than Romney. Strange how it matters that much this time. They’re both businessmen and citizen candidates. Trump is rather more successful, I guess, and more of a scrapper, which is what I thought we were looking for.
But all the initial reservations have been shown to be false. Is Trump just a stealth shill for Hillary? That’s now been shown to be ludicrous. Is he a fake conservative? Also debunked as proved by his strong and dearly defended platform. Is he a chronic liar, particularly in comparison to Hillary? Puh-lease! Even Bill Kristol now admits that Trump is in a strong position after his Mexico trip.
I think we have to chalk this one up to irrational bowel syndrome. And no offense to sufferers of IBS. And I don’t mean to single out poor Karen. The number of conservatives with irreconcilable cold feet is large. Can people flip-flop and keep their integrity? Of course, but if they switch to an objectively weaker position, then they got some ‘splaining to do. Especially if the switch involves debunking their own positions from 4 years ago.