At the Yellowstone Valley Pachyderm Club, (every Friday noon at the Elks Lodge on Lewis Ave; the public is invited) gathered pontificators were outraged at the outcome of the presidential, U.S. Senate and Montana governor’s races. Solutions ranged from discouraging primaries so capital can be conserved for final victory to the widely held, “Those damn Libertarians gave it to the Dems. How could they not be smart enough to vote for the lesser of two evils? Didn’t they know that Republicans stand for family values, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, and adherence to the Constitution?” At the Republican $50 per plate legislative kickoff dinner held in Helena, Will Deschamps (photo), chairman of the Republican Party, said that “stagnant” people had voted for Libertarians and defeated themselves in their quest for political purity.Editor's note - We here at LR have always taken the position of "Vote Smart." Yes, Libertarian Party supporters in Montana most certainly should have voted for Republican Denny Rehberg for Senate. Absolute insanity not to do so. Suicide even. At the same time, there are many races nationally where Republicans should back the Libertarian candidate, particularly when no Republican is on the ballot.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
Montana Republicans self-examination with GOP losses: Did the Libertarian Party cause their defeats?
From the Billings Outpost, POLITICAL POTPOURRI, Brad Molnar: