By David Weigel, May 27th, 2016, Washington Post:
ORLANDO — As far as much of the media is concerned, the Libertarian Party’s nomination — which will be decided at this weekend’s convention — is Gary Johnson’s for the taking. The former governor of New Mexico and 2012 nominee has done a battery of media interviews, and his selection of former Massachusetts governor Bill Weld as a running mate has resulted in even more attention. Just last week, Weld became the party’s first vice presidential hopeful to appear on a major Sunday talk show.
But the Rosen Centre Hotel, which is slowly being occupied by Libertarian delegates, might contain the nation’s largest population of Johnson/Weld skeptics.
At a hastily scheduled Thursday night debate, before most delegates showed up, Johnson and Weld defended their records against candidates running as more purely libertarian. (None of them have, like Weld, felt compelled to release multiple statements explaining their old Second Amendment stances.) Austin Petersen, the 35-year-old, media-savvy activist who has become Johnson’s readiest critic, was seen to have scored a point on the selection of Weld.