by Matt Welch
The Washington Post editorial board, one of the prime caretakers of establishmentarian consensus about national politics, has a curious editorial today titled “Gary Johnson is an honest but defective candidate.” The piece is curious not simply because it invites snarky retorts—so, you prefer dishonest but effective candidates, eh? No, it is curious—and instructive about the collision between default libertarianism and Washington managerialism—because some of the key negative characterizations it makes about the Libertarian Party ticket is not borne out by the transcript of the interview upon which the editorial was based.
For instance, after dinging Johnson for allegedly not knowing what the nuclear triad is (I say “allegedly” because the transcript is not conclusive to me on that point) and for not attaching a precise ideal number on the federal government’s percentage spending of GDP, the ed board gets to its real, world-weary objection…
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