GOP Pays the Price for Authoritarianism–Will They Respond?

As a number of people–particularly conservatives–started to realize last night, Gary Johnson may have played spoiler for Mitt Romney in FL. Here are the current results from FL:

Mitt: 4,096,439

Obama: 4,143,534

Difference: 47,095

Johnson: 43,673

Johnson’s totals wouldn’t quite have been enough to eliminate the current margin, but (assuming Johnson drew mostly from Mitt voters), it made a big difference.

Assuming once FL gets around to finalizing their count Obama wins this thing, Mitt will have lost, in part, because of Johnson’s success.

The Nader effect, come home to roost for the GOP.

So in addition to being nicer to non-Cuban Latinos and African Americans, to win FL, Mitt presumably would have had to be more attractive to libertarians. While I doubt Mitt Romney was ever going to come out for pot legalization, he also has a bunch of scary authoritarian advisors–the likes of Cofer Black–who might be unappealing to libertarian minded Republicans.

Mind you, I suspect the GOP will respond to such a scenario (if it does come about) in much the same way as the Democrats did after 2000: with a lot of angry recriminations but no thought about being more responsive to the constituency that ditched the party. Not only has the GOP come to love them some big government authoritarianism, but they’re going to have a hard enough time trying to make the party less racist.

Still, Johnson’s success in FL may provide some pressure for both parties to take civil liberties more seriously.

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emptywheel @onekade Good thing you know some lawyers. Hope they remember me when my time comes...
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emptywheel @onekade Double :( bc DHS will probably WRONGLY interpret that as support for physical attack, rather than just your protect speech. NO!
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emptywheel @onekade Nuh uh. They've got military grade helmets on. You'd have to have more impact than a medium sized IED.
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emptywheel @onekade You know they're not following you to learn anything? You know that, don't you?
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emptywheel @davidshepardson If it's only during sessions, which are half time, isn't it then singling down? @ap @jmartNYT
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emptywheel Chances that this Sony hack will result in what the Sony hack revealed Sony was working on, in part by bribing AGs, SOPA?
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emptywheel RT @sbagen: Hey, if they can sweep the state elections w/roads as shitty as they are in Michigan, they deserve a little self-applause.
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emptywheel Ferfucksake, the GOP is now self-applauding funding pothole fixes 18 months too late? POTHOLES! They can't even manage potholes!
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