Bill Weld

Kennedy Puts Bill Weld Through the Wringer

Fox Business Network host challenges Libertarian veep nominee on his strategy, self-centeredness, and libertarian bonafides

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Have you ever wanted to confront Libertarian Party vice presidential nominee William Weld about his real commitment to Libertarian politics, his Trump-centric antipathy to the presidential competition, his narcissism, his lack of love from Ron Paul, or the disputed claims made about him in this week's Boston Globe profile? Then you'll probably want to watch the grilling Weld received tonight at the hands of Reason pal Kennedy on Fox Business Network:

Reason on Bill Weld here.

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  1. I like eels.
    Except as meals.
    And the way they feels.

    1. There it is, Derp. The cleverest thing you’ll ever say- and no one was around to hear it.

      1. One time, many moons ago, I was really, really high on weed. I’m talking fucking stoned. I drew this picture. I was sure it was the greatest thing since, I don’t know, I knew it was great and it would blow everyone’s mind. The next day when I took a look at my great artistic moment, I was like WTF hell is this shit? It sort of reminds of what you just said.

        1. Was it the Flaming Globes of Sigmund?

        2. The first known evidence of this unusual anecdote appeared in the Cleveland Plain Dealer newspaper in November 1939. The article “Thanksgiving Nightmare” by Claire MacMurray discussed dreams and not drugs. MacMurray presented a supposed episode in the mental life of a person named Mrs. Amos Pinchot [APCM]:

          She dreamed one night that she had written a poem so beautiful, so wise, so close to the ultimate truth of life that she was immediately acclaimed by all the peoples on the earth as the greatest poet and philosopher of all the ages. Still half asleep as the dream ended, she stumbled out of bed and scribbled the poem down, realizing that she must take no risk of forgetting such deathless lines. She awoke in the morning with the feeling that something wonderful was about to happen?oh, yes! Her poem.

          She clutched the precious paper and, tense with excitement, read the words she had written. Here they are:

          Hogamus Higamus
          Men are Polygamous
          Higamus Hogamus
          Women Monogamous

          1. That exact same thing happened to me one time, except the poem was:

            A romance sweet yet forged in vain
            Was there ever such a thang?
            (sic)

      2. You’re barking up the wrong bush.

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  2. Let’s get the bets going on how many times Kennedy interrupted the poor guy before we read the article?

  3. Kennedy: It’s said you aren’t a true libertarian, what do you say to that?

    Weld: Well, I…

    Kennedy: But you said don’t really support the legalization of cannabis? As a libertarian candidate, how to you defend that?

    Weld: Well, I was going to answer the fir…

    Kennedy: Ok, times up, let’s play that trivia game we play! Ha! I got rid of that old fucker like I got rid of Matt Welch and that black dude, what was his name?

    1. that black dude, what was his name

      Now that’s a low blow. Everyone remembers Michael Moynihan.

  4. Fat prog calls on fat people to rise up and vote against Trump:

    link

    “But by pointing a wee alabaster doll finger at fat nerds for the DNC hack, Trump didn’t just express the standard disgust for fat bodies, he positioned fat people as dangers to national security.”

    There is no peak derp.

    1. I hate to be the one to tell them… but as fat people, Donald Trump is not exactly their worse enemy. Maybe they should be looking at themselves as a possible problem before they get diabetes or a fucking heart attack.

      1. I like how she goes straight from Trump talking about 400 lb shut-ins and she somehow interprets that as “Trump things fat people are spies!”

        1. Your arguments have some weight.

      2. Obama Care is the worst enemy of fat people soon they won’t be able to buy their chips and sodas or else lose their medical care.

    2. “Fat, Self-Important and Stupid is no way to go through life, sister”

      i glanced at the comments. there were like a dozen in a row that were “removed”. It just goes to show that even guardian readers won’t put up with dumb this intense.

      1. *Looks up and down SJW victim-grievance ladder*

        Tsk, tsk. Sorry, Fat Americans, looks like we’re all out of room.

    3. I read fat prog and assumed Donald Trump.

    4. Bourdain said the same thing a while back. He called for government intervention on the obesity epidemic because it was a matter of national security.

  5. this page hurts my fingers
    and the neighborhoods of lives, man
    the cities of everything almost the same
    bro
    the bowling and malls and sweet kitties
    and this page fucking hurts my fingers
    fuck this warped twisted target for old school
    fear and wonder and lovely stories

    this page hurts my arms and shoulders
    this page hurts my bombs
    this page hurts my politics

  6. Dramatic re-enactment of journalist who claimed he got PTSD from firing AR-15:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDOdq9iPMA4

    http://www.nydailynews.com/new…..-1.2673201

    I’ve shot pistols before, but never something like an AR-15. Squeeze lightly on the trigger and the resulting explosion of firepower is humbling and deafening (even with ear protection).

    The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing. The brass shell casings disoriented me as they flew past my face. The smell of sulfur and destruction made me sick. The explosions ? loud like a bomb ? gave me a temporary form of PTSD. For at least an hour after firing the gun just a few times, I was anxious and irritable.

    1. oopsy= last part above should be in quotes

    2. I think testosterone injections might help here, or maybe he could just give it up and chop em off, change his name to Suzy or something.

      1. So, that would be Suzy Kuntzman, then?

      2. I think he did a pretty good job of convincing everyone that he sits down to pee.

    3. The smell of sulfur and destruction

      The smell of destruction is unforgettable. Its like a mix of burning wigs and spoiled capers.

    4. The recoil bruised my shoulder, which can happen if you don’t know what you’re doing.

      The recoil of an AR, huh? I’d like to see his reaction to firing a pistol-grip mossberg.

    5. I saw that on Facebook juxtaposed with a picture of a 9 year old girl firing an AR with no such problems.

  7. all the lives our genes and breathing fuck clouds
    should shatter the bombs of the angry neighbors

  8. ar-15 angelics can stem the sum of oceanic zombies
    but cannot address the infiltration of nuclear holocaust

  9. Old Bill looked pretty good as he was questioned by the extra serious, pursed-lipped conspiracy theorist Kennedy, who should have some reservations about bringing up a public figures early 90’s actions.

  10. This page is not even real, man
    it is as if this page was a million neck punches
    and all the racing gods of this thing spilled into my hell Natchez Trace
    and its sandwich valleys in 1998

  11. If given the opportunity, i’d have asked this question to Bill Weld:

    – “Why do your suits always look like they were rained on, then crumpled in a ball? I suppose the same could be asked of your face.”

  12. Ooh, does even Bill Weld deserve this?

    1. I bet he’d rather I read poetry at him.

      Or have the other Kennedy take him for a drive.

  13. under the golden cloth
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    fucking nothing
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    worth fucking nothing
    the golden cloth
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  14. Just give me Weld! Do it for me! If you give me Weld I’ll do the very bestest I can.

  15. Reason is the dark volcano of prisms where the geniuses and queens form the
    lightning of this movement of freedom angels…………..into the forever streams of peace and fucking love

  16. Hard-hitting journalism from WaPo: Is your dog’s Halloween costume sexist?

    link

    1. “”It seems silly on the surface, but this is part of a larger message we’re sending, that there are certain jobs for men, and certain jobs for women,” said Scott Lawrie, 36, who co-hosts a podcast, ‘She will not be ignored,’ about gender issues. “The career options for women ? and dogs ? need to go beyond pink loofahs and pink cowgirls.””

      Career options for dogs include

      herding sheep
      scaring and perhaps even biting burglars
      rescuing Alpine travellers
      pulling Little Timmy out of wells

      If a dog can be helpful in any of these ways, I don’t care whether it’s a bitch.

      1. And there are plenty of vacancies in the lucrative field of cheering people up, where scientific studies show that dogs are about 1000% more effective than most comedians.

        1. Especially if they wear little hats while yakety sax plays.

        2. That’s not saying much. Aziz Ansari, Bill Maher, Samantha Bee? I’ll take any dog over any of them.

    2. The three sub-linked stories:

      Millennials are picking pets over people

      Lunch is too expensive

      What’s happening to your Starwood points?

      Just leaving that there.

  17. Weld thing
    You make my heart sink
    You make everything
    Squishy

    Weld thing, I think I don’t like you
    But I want to know for sure
    Stand on that trapdoor over there
    Ooh…I like it!

  18. Kennedy: Do you prefer Clinton or Trump to win?

    Weld: Well, Trump is icky….(Clinton)

    Kennedy: Foreign policy seems like a weakness for Johnson, thoughts?

    Weld: We can’t run around overthrowing regimes and then running away and letting our weapons get in the hands of ISIS like with Benghazi or Syria!!

    Me: Drinks bleach.

    1. He is some nerd who is the reason that I started to read Reason, and the man who helped me realize that I was a libertarian-minded person. So, he’s kind of a dick.

      1. No, it’s the folk guitar that makes him a dick.

        1. +1 cherry that had no stone

        2. Good point. He is my favorite political writer, but he is a dick for so many reasons. That guy…

          1. Oh yeah, the guy with the wardrobe issues…

            1. Yeah! He needs a giant, Internet commenting nerd to tell him how to dress.

              1. I resent that. I am not overly tall.

    2. Welch doesn’t respect any deals he agrees to.

  19. Animal House is 38 years old and it is still hilarious.

  20. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow was part of the exciting development of a distinctively American poetic voice. The reading public devoured his writing:

    I hate myself for loving you
    Can’t break free from the things that you do
    I wanna walk but I run back to you
    That’s why I hate myself for loving you

  21. Even now I’d love to give Kennedy a little spanking. Maybe not as much as 15 years ago – and not in anyway that’d immortalize us in a Sugarfree creation – but yes. It’d never work between us, though. She’d always need to be in charge.

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    Needs more wah-wah-oohs

    1. Who knew Neil Young was that old!

  23. It’s been a while since I’ve seen someone so gloriously miss the point:
    https://youtu.be/diYhUmjl2lc?t=2m40s

  24. Hard to put someone through the ringer when you don’t even have your facts straight.

    She breaks out the “Ron Paul says vote for Jill Stein” (He did not)
    https://reason.com/blog/2016/10…..stein-or-l

    She regurgitates rhetoric that was proven factually inaccurate (Weld barnstorming Trump strongholds, only attacking Trump, etc.)

    Where exactly does she get her segment research from?

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  26. I like Kennedy well enough, but I felt her line of questioning seemed pretty unfair there to me, presupposing a lot about Weld’s ill intentions. It basically boiled down to “You’re going back to the Republican party!” “No.” “And you’re somehow simultaneously a Clinton flunky!” “No.” “And you only care about yourself!” “No.” And then of course the Stein thing which is just not true.

    Weld handled himself well in the face of that onslaught, although really Bill, how hard is it to stick to “they both suck!” instead of playing the media game about which of the two turds is shinier.

    There’s reasons to distrust Bill Weld policy-wise, but she skipped right over those and went to conspiracy theories about his party allegiance.

  27. I’m not a Bill Weld fan, but Kennedy was just trying too hard.

    I don’t know nothing, but I think the strategy might make sense. You’re not going to win over the people who are voting for Trump. They are like moths to the porch light, and Trump is like stadium lights to them. Trump can say or do anything and they’ll still vote for him.

    There are a lot more people who find Trump repulsive, but who will vote for Hillary as a lesser of evils. If someone is libertarian-lite, fiscally responsible and socially tolerant, they aren’t in the orbit of Trump. That’s who they go after.

    Do you spend more time attacking Hillary and run the risk of being confused with and sounding just like the Trump Humpers? Or, do you focus more energy attacking Trump, giving the folks who are disgusted by both somewhere acceptable to go?

    1. I like Kennedy, but that was a bad interview. Too aggressive on her part and too passive on his part.

      That being said, if you want to be a distinct third party you have to be distinct. Weld praising Clinton and bashing Trump is not going to attract any new votes. Strategically you have to straddle the line and criticize both equally on policy grounds. Weld has failed to do so.

      “Do you spend more time attacking Hillary and run the risk of being confused with and sounding just like the Trump Humpers? Or, do you focus more energy attacking Trump, giving the folks who are disgusted by both somewhere acceptable to go?”

      Well, I despise Hillary so I approve of Weld playing into Trumps hand this way. As you stated, Weld’s comments will tend to attract Hillary leaners far more than Trump leaners. So, his commentary is good if you want Trump to win. However, it’s the wrong approach if you want to build a viable third party.

      1. “Weld praising Clinton and bashing Trump is not going to attract any new votes.”

        That’s wrong. I meant to say it’s not going to attract any new Trump leaning votes.

  28. Kennedy needs to interview Hihn. *giggles

    1. Kennedy: “So in that hotly contested water commissioner race”…

      Hihn:”Look, I’d rather discuss 10 year old CATO studies”.

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  30. Weld has plenty to criticize from a libertarian standpoint, but I do think that was a little too ridiculous. I agree with “she was trying to hard” to rail him, and on the wrong things.

    Honestly, even though Weld is the WORSE of the two on purely libertarian grounds, I almost think the ticket is backwards this go around. I think Weld might have been taken more seriously (he’s a lot more polished), and his wishy-washyness might actually have worked better on a broad swath of the electorate.

    Most Americans may be “fiscally conservative and socially liberal” but they’re not at the extremes on either of those points either. They’re “Ya taxes should come down a bit… We really don’t need another Solyndra scandal being funded with my tax money!” not “Do away with public school next week!!!” Likewise they’re “Gay marriage is fine, I just don’t really care what people do in their private lives.” Not “We need 6 different bathrooms at every public and private building! Or better yet force everybody to use ONE!!!” levels of derp.

    That’s why the squishy stuff would work. Personally I think Libertarian/libertarian leaning politicians should ALWAYS frame things as “I believe the underlying principle says we should do XXXX… But I’m not going to push for that right now, I’m going to push for YYYY because I think most people can agree that’s a reasonable compromise and a move in the right direction.”

    1. That way you’re staying principled, but also having a shot at actually getting something done. That is unfortunately NOT what Johnson/Weld, or practically anyone else has ever done. Ron Paul basically was like that on some stuff, but Rand and everybody else who is even remotely libertarian have picked and chosen their bad/extreme policies based on what they think are popular choices to a certain extreme subset.

      Politicians always have to frame things in extreme ideological positions, and pretend that’s what they really believe. What’s wrong with saying “I believe THIS is the best way, BUT I’m going to push for THAT because it’s doable, and moving in the right direction at least.” That’s how socialists have obliterated liberty… If it worked for them, it can work for us!

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  33. When asked about Supreme Court cases he didn’t like, Weld’s first choice was Citizens United. The guy is a LINO, a bum, and an embarrassment to the LP.

  34. Good lord, *he’s* using the LP party. He’s playing second fiddle to Gary Johnson. The LP is using him, and he’s showing nothing but stature and grace.

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