The Rising Tide

Matthew Dowd: “I can see a lot of Republicans deciding that Gary Johnson . . . “

. . . is the best place to go.” Dowd, an ABC pundit, and former Republican strategist, told PBS’ Gwen Ifill, “I don’t think you will see a bunch of Republicans go to Hillary Clinton, because they think that’s as dissatisfactory a choice as Donald Trump is, but I can see a lot of Republicans …

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George Will Leaves Republican Party . . .

  CNN reports that George Will, the prominent Conservative columnist and Republican opinion-leader, announced Friday, to the Federal Society, that he has left the Republican Party over Trump.  He’s quoted as describing himself as an “unaffiliated” voter in Maryland. http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/25/politics/george-will-donald-trump-leaving-republican-party-election/index.html He hasn’t yet said he’ll vote Libertarian.  (He has to walk before he can run.) …

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David Brooks on PBS Newshour: “Johnson . . . will be a big story . . . the rest of the year”

  We are being heard . . . . Friday, June 10th:  David Brooks, NY Times columnist . . .  I’m really struck by the three-way races all the sudden, where [Hillary’s] at 39 or 40 [percent], and Trump is at like 35, and then suddenly Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate, is like at a 10. …

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SENATE CANDIDATE ALEX MERCED WELCOMES NEW TEAM MEMBER TO CAMPAIGN

Run for senate sees boost from experienced political operative in Communications Director post. June 1, 2016, New York, NY – Yesterday, Alex Merced, the Libertarian candidate for United States Senator from New York, appointed Brian Waddell as his campaign’s Communications Director. Mr. Waddell is a Vice Chair of the Libertarian Party of New York (LPNY) …

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Peggy Noonan: Republicans and Democrats will split off and “attempt to create their own party”

Peggy Noonan in the WSJ: http://www.wsj.com/articles/clinton-sanders-maybe-thats-the-ticket-1463700912 Let’s begin with a prophecy: It is not only the Republican Party that is breaking and perhaps re-forming. The Democratic Party is also starting to come apart. We’re seeing the first signs of it now. . . . Here’s what I suspect is coming whatever happens this year. Just as …

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Larry Lindsey, economist, Contemplates a Libertarians Upset in Contest Between “Wicked Stepmother” and Bigoted Uncle.”

  Laurence B. Lindsey, handicapping the election on CNBC, acknowledged, “There’s even a case to be made where voters who view Clinton as a “wicked stepmother” or Trump as “bigoted uncle” could cause an upset by swinging to the Libertarian camp.” http://www.cnbc.com/2016/05/11/hillary-could-be-trumped-more-easily-than-you-think.html Lindsey, now CEO of The Lindsey Group, “Global Economic Advisors,” has had a …

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Mary Matalin enrolls Libertarian, leaves Republican party

May 5 — Mary Matalin, the longtime Republican strategist and operative, enrolled in the Libertarian Party. Matalin called herself  a Republican in the “Jeffersonian, Madisonian sense . . . The Libertarian Party represents those constitutional principles that I agree with.” See e.g., http://www.newsmax.com/Politics/mary-matalin-leaves-republican-party/2016/05/05/id/727489/#ixzz47zEfH2q0