Anatomy of a faceplant: Inside the Libertarian Party's abysmal 2016 campaign

How Gary Johnson shattered the libertarian movement

A missed opportunity.
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I should have known the Libertarian Party would be a disaster in 2016 from the moment stories of its national convention began to break.

With headlines like "Man drops bid to be Libertarian Party chair by strip dancing live on C-SPAN" and debate topics like World War I (yes, that's a one) and selling heroin to children, it should have been obvious from the get-go that the LP was not ready for prime time.

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