I knew Chris Barron would come to his senses. He now joins Wayne Allan Root, the 2008 Libertarian Party Vice Presidential nominee, in backing MItt Romney for President:
There is a time for idealism and a time for realism, and for me, the time for realism is now. I endorsed former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson back in December of 2011, when he was still seeking the Republican nomination for President. I continued to support him even after he left the Republican Party and became the Libertarian Party’s nominee for President. Indeed, I am a DC elector for Gary Johnson. On Tuesday November 6th, however, I will not be casting my vote for Gary Johnson – instead I will be casting it for Mitt Romney.
I still believe strongly that Gary Johnson would make the best President of the three candidates running, however, it is time to recognize he will not be President. The next President will either be Barack Obama or Mitt Romney, and without hesitation I can say that Mitt Romney will be a vastly better President than Barack Obama.
He’s exactly right here. Gary Johnson may have a better economic plan than does Mitt Romney, but the next president will be one of two men. Chris echoes Root who said in September:
The only two candidates who can win are Mitt and Obama. Among those two the choice is clear. Mitt is a capitalist businessman, not a career politician. Above all else, I too am a capitalist businessman.
(That piece is also well worth your time.) On issues near and dear to the hearts of freedom-loving Americans, there’s really no comparison: Mitt Romney is much (much, much, much) better than Barack Obama:
While Mitt Romney is not perfect, the truth is that America simply cannot afford four more years of Barack Obama. On Obama’s watch, real unemployment is almost 15%, real wages have declined, the size and scope of government has grown, and we are staring at an unprecedented fiscal crisis in the form of a $16 trillion debt.
The stakes, he adds “the stakes are simply too high”. Read the whole thing.
Mitt Romney may not represent the ideal candidate for those of us with libertarian inclinations, but he is at least talking about cutting government. And with, as Root noted the growing influence of the Tea Party in Republican circles, he’s going to be hard-pressed not to act on those pledges.