As Nick Gillespie blogged, the Libertarian Party veep Bill Weld has penned an op-ed this morning “endorsing” Gary Johnson and taking pot shots at Hillary Clinton, after all but endorsing her on Rachel Maddow’s show last week. In other words, he’s finally doing the job that he signed up to do when he joined Gary Johnson.
But this is a bit too little a whole lot too late, suggests Reason Foundation Senior Analyst Shikha Dalmia. She notes:
A running mate has only two jobs during an election: Dissing the other candidates and shilling for his own. (Just look at poor Mike Pence going around debasing himself and calling Donald Trump “a good man,” refusing to even acknowledge that Trump called Mexicans “rapists” and women “pigs.”) This job is important for all veeps, but doubly so for third-party tickets given that they don’t have a lock on any major media and can’t count on any automatic support or attention. They have to fight for both, and have only their own inner resources to rely on.
Weld has not performed his fiduciary duties, so to speak, well.