The Libertarian Party has a cognitive dissonance problem

How can you run to be the chief executive of an extremely statist entity from a perch that is diametrically opposed to the modern state?

Gary Johnson leads the Libertarians this election.
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The Libertarian Party selects its nominee in Orlando this weekend, and for the first time since the mid-1990s, their leading candidate is polling at or around 10 percent nationally. That man — former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson — is a regular on network and cable television, and his running mate, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, is settling into his own public role quite nicely.

The Libertarian Party certainly faces structural challenges in a nation dominated by two political parties. But their main problem is different — and it's one they have control over.

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