On “Ask a Libertarian Day”, Matt Welch and Nick Gillepsie addressed the issue of whether a vote for Gary Johnson is a wasted vote:
In 1992 and 1996, I voted Republican and was happy about it. In 2004 and 2008, I voted Libertarian was even happier about that (I lived in Texas, so it didn’t matter anyway). The only vote I’ve ever felt I wasted was in 2000 when I voted for George W. Bush. We don’t need to get into that again.
2012 is a little different. I’ll be voting in a swing state and there’s every chance the election will be close. So, in this case, voting for Gary Johnson could swing the election. And I’m sure a number of you also live in swing states like Missouri. So this election will be a real decision.
The question is not whether a protest vote is worth four more years of Obama. The question is whether four year of Romney will be that much better that it’s worth not voting Libertarian.