Friday, May 20, 2016

Two Governors

Two moderate Republican former governors are teaming up with the Libertarian Party to offer an alternative ticket to the White House.

Former Massachusetts governor William F. Weld will announce Thursday that he is running for vice president, rejecting the Republican Party of which he has long been a member in favor of the Libertarian Party ticket of another former GOP governor, Gary Johnson of New Mexico, campaign aides to Johnson said Wednesday.

The two former chief executives are expected to announce their partnership Thursday in New York City, the Johnson aides said, the latest sign of the national Republican Party’s struggle to come to grips with the party’s takeover by presumptive nominee Donald J. Trump.

Mr. Johnson was the governor of New Mexico when I lived there in the 90’s.  He was fairly innocuous; his claim to fame was that he was in favor of legalizing marijuana.  He made a run for the White House on the Libertarian ticket in 2012.

Mr. Weld was the governor of Massachusetts in the 1990’s.  He left that job when he was named ambassador to Mexico by President Bill Clinton but never made it past confirmation after being blocked by Sen. Jesse Helms (R-NC).

Mr. Weld is already throwing punches at Donald Trump.

In his first interview since accepting an invitation to be the running mate of former Gov. Gary Johnson of New Mexico, Mr. Weld assailed Donald J. Trump over his call to round up and deport the 11 million immigrants in the country illegally.

“I can hear the glass crunching on Kristallnacht in the ghettos of Warsaw and Vienna when I hear that, honest,” Mr. Weld said Thursday.

I don’t expect their ticket to be a game-changer.