Everything seems to be going well at the Libertarian conference pic.twitter.com/nQJclPGqEZ
— Christopher Woody (@chrstphr_woody) May 29, 2016
Difference between conventions: Libertarians acknowledging guy on their stage had no clothes, GOP won’t admit guy on theirs has no clothes
— Dana Houle (@DanaHoule) May 29, 2016
Yes, it’s almost too easy a target. But then again, they’re Libertarians, so they should be used to it by now. The NYTimes:
… In a year when the two major parties are consumed by tensions, defections and chaos, the Libertarian Party, which sees itself as their alternative, displayed some of the same traits as it wrestled with nominating two former Republican governors for its presidential ticket at its annual convention over the weekend. But there was also a palpable sense of excitement at the event, held at a hotel here less than 10 miles from Disney World.
For an antiwar party that promotes legalizing marijuana and tearing up the tax code, 2016 has brought hope that acceptance in the political mainstream is imminent amid broad discontent with the probable nominees from the major parties.
The Libertarian Party is the country’s third largest by voter registration, excluding people who consider themselves independent, but it is often overlooked as a political sideshow with a hodgepodge of positions that many consider to be either overly liberal on social issues or too conservative fiscally…
Covering my first Libertarian Convention since 2008, I realize that the 9/11 Truth folks are totally gone. Neat!
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 27, 2016
they're at the trump rallies now https://t.co/V8KNvUR2SV
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) May 27, 2016
Dave Weigel, at the Washington Post, is far more sympathetic:
ORLANDO — Former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson won the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination on Sunday, fending off five rivals from different factions on two closely fought ballots and securing more than 55.8 percent of the total vote.
But Johnson’s near-miss on the first ballot kicked off an afternoon of protests and delegate glad-handing, with the vice presidential race to be decided later. Johnson had run a careful campaign with an eye on the general election, picking former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld — like him, a Republican who switched parties — as his running mate. In Saturday night’s debate, Johnson, alone among the top-five contenders, said that he would have signed the 1964 Civil Rights Act and that he thought people should be licensed to drive cars. He was loudly booed for both positions…
Johnson’s rivals, especially Libertarian activist Austin Petersen and software engineer John McAfee, saw an opportunity to drag out the process. They briefly huddled on the convention floor and worked delegates, as Johnson had unfruitful conversations with critics and then walked outside for an interview with MSNBC…
Johnson boasts about media interest in Libertarian convention. "Press passes in 2012? Twenty. Press passes this year? 250."
— daveweigel (@daveweigel) May 28, 2016
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) May 28, 2016