The 2020 election ushered in a new wave of voters across America with record turnout and saw roughly 150 Million people voting. However, the Libertarian Party could only muster 1.7 million votes this year.
This is not a knock at Jo Jorgensen at all as she ran the best campaign she could under the circumstances, but the Libertarian Party missed their biggest opportunity to really shape and change the national dialogue and garner up more support.
Four years ago Governor Gary Johnson received over 4 million votes nation wide which was the best showing for an LP Presidential candidate in history. He had name recognition and appeal to independent voters that took votes away from the two major parties. Now this year a decline took place and at what cost?
The Libertarian Party spends so much time fighting among their own and discrediting members that people are shunned away from joining. They view themselves as some elitist organization that says if you don’t agree with all our principles then you should look elsewhere. The nomination of Jo Jorgensen proves this point. She is a Libertarian intellectual that has no name recognition and instead of trying to attract voters they hinged themselves on being restrictive to their statement of principles. Governor Johnson drew in more votes because he could appeal to people beyond the strict nature of LP principles and was vilafied by hardcore members of the party.
The eating of their own is why the LP will always lose elections and in the four years that I have been a member I have seen it constantly.
They had a chance to make history and instead went back to their old ways. They didn’t draw in anyone new and instead became a more polarized organization.
Liberty will live on elsewhere, just not within the Libertarian Party.