Bill Weld

Bill Weld's Apostasy on Rachel Maddow's Show

Whose Veep is he anyway?

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A candidate for Veep has two jobs: Dissing other candidates and shilling for his own. But Bill Weld seems to have fallen on both, I note in my morning column at The Week. Last week he was

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telling voters not to vote for Donald Trump rather than for Gary Johnson. This week he went further on the Rachel Maddow show and told voters to vote for Hillary Clinton rather than for Johnson. It's almost as if he's lost interest in his own candidate and is now vying to get back that ambassadorship to Mexico in the next Clinton administration that Jesse Helms blocked in the last Clinton administration.

This may sound cynical, but libertarians have every reason to be depressed:

The Libertarian Party was never going to win. However, it had a rare opportunity to exploit the sordid choices this election to propel itself from the margins and become a political force to be reckoned with. But thanks to Johnson's gaffes and Weld's apostasy, things haven't worked out that way.

Weld was a good gamble — but his Clinton-hugging is just a bad joke, which is a pity for his adopted party, his candidate, and the country.

Go here to read the whole thing.