Originally Posted by Xcali
It's the fact that the Republican clothing fit him that concerns me. Either way he isn't being true to himself or his constituents if he's pandering to whatever he needs to do to get in. There's nothing wrong with losing if he does so while staying true to himself, but running as a republican only to Govern under a different flag is no better than lying to get elected.
The problem with your analysis is a general lack of understanding of Mountain West politics. Generally speaking, Republicans in the Mountain West are Libertarian. Granted there will always be examples contrary to the trend.
National party platforms play to the states with the most electoral votes. The internal state politics is generally a bit different once you're outside of California, Texas, New York, etc...
Candidates like Gary Johnson are good for our discourse even if you view them as wolves in sheep's clothing. The fact of the matter is that people of Johnson's and Paul's ilk are looking to change the face of the national Republican party. Sadly, the Democrats generally don't have such candidates. Sure there are individuals within the Democratic party who have Libertarian values (again, generally from the Mountain West or Mid-West), but they aren't getting ANY traction within the machine.
The truth of the matter is that Libertarians like Johnson are the best shot we have at having an efficient, effective, and less oppressive national government.
When and if another third party comes along that aligns with my own basic views I might consider getting behind pushing for a third party but as it stands now I see Democrats against Republicans and Libertarians running as Republicans.. neither of which I would trust to run the country after the last Republican we had. The Futility of breaking the two party system comes because there is no Third party that is far enough removed from the republican party that enough voters are willing to get behind.
I think the fundamental assertion that Libertarians SHOULD be "far enough removed" from Republicans is flawed. The truth of the matter is that roughly half the nation are Republicans and half the nation are Democrats. Libertarians are, in the view of many who take the time to study history and economics, the best blending of the two. Maximum individual freedom with responsible regulation and governance.
But considering the fact that our education system is failing to educate, I'm not shocked that we're locked in this either/or mindset.