Originally Posted by guitarmy21b
I really think the GOP screwing over Ron Paul and losing a lot of his fan's votes cost them the election. They deserved to lose. Although I really hate both Romney and Obama, I think the only real loss of the election is the fact that Gary Johnson didn't get 5% of the votes. Whether you like him as a candidate or not, I think most should agree that the Libertarian Party(or any other party for that matter) gaining more notoriety with the media and the public would be a great thing. Just about every person I come across who's not actively into politics says they're voting who they feel to be the lesser of two evils or not voting for a 3rd party because they think it's a wasted vote. I hope that the GOP takes this loss to heart and reforms their image. Hopefully they've learned that appealing to the bible thumpers in the south isn't enough to win an election. Time to get with the times.
Libertarian Walter Block, who teaches Austrian Economics at Loyola University, a major Paul supporter, took an advisory position on Johnson's campaign once Paul was out. He worked to help Johnson keep Paul supporters to get to that 5%. Block claims he has no idea how many went to Johnson. Johnson has a lot to learn about libertarianism per Block and I agree. Johnson also knows little about Austrian Economics. Of course, you don't have to be an AE to be a libertarian and some conservatives are AEs followers, but it fits right libertarianism the most. So Block is now educating him.