Longtime Republican Strategist Leaving GOP For Libertarian Party

Longtime Republican strategist Mary Matalin is leaving the GOP and changing her party registration to Libertarian, she told Bloomberg TV’s “All Due Respect” recently.

Though some Republicans have announced they’re leaving the party because of the impending nomination of Donald Trump, Matalin said she supports the New York businessman over expected Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

Here are some of Matalin’s remarks from Newsmax.com:

“‘I’m not a Republican for a party or a person. The Libertarian Party represents those constitutional principles that I agree with.

“Matalin said she doesn’t yet know enough about Trump, but thinks he could win in a landslide ‘if he would stop his high school boy antics with women; otherwise he’s going to force suburban women to Hillary.’

“She called herself ‘provisional Trump’ and said she is Republican in the ‘Jeffersonian, Madisonian sense.'”

Matalin is married to Democratic strategist James Carville and has worked both for President George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush. Her husband is a longtime adviser to Bill and Hillary Clinton.

It’s a little unusual – but encouraging – that Matalin has left the GOP, but could still support Trump against Hillary Clinton in November. More than a few former Republicans have said publicly they’re in the “Never Trump” camp.

Do you think that Mary Matalin’s exit from the Republican Party reflects more of a frustration with party leadership and the establishment… and/or with Donald Trump for not being conservative enough?

Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

37 COMMENTS

  1. My guess is Matalin has finally figured out for herself that the GOP is hopeless. Ninety-eight or nine percent of GOP office holders are corrupt and essentially the same as Democrats.

  2. I’m with Matalin, having just joined the Libertarian Party. Hopefully it will moderate it’s platform however. If it would it could assume the role of a true conservative party to replace the Republicans.

  3. Who cares? Trump will defeat the baby murdering, baby parts selling witch of the east when his house lands on her.

  4. “Matalin said she doesn’t yet know enough about Trump, but thinks he could win in a landslide ‘if he would stop his high school boy antics with women; otherwise he’s going to force suburban women to Hillary.’

    “She called herself ‘provisional Trump’ and said she is Republican in the ‘Jeffersonian, Madisonian sense.’”

    Matalin sounds actually rational now that’s she’s fled the Always corrupt GOP apparatus. Good for her and good for women.

    They are more than 50% of the electorate for any TEA Party Troglodyte that doesn’t know that yet…..

  5. Would she have decided to leave the GOP if Rubio had won? Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out.

  6. I THINK MATALIN IS JUST AS DISGUSTED WITH THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AS MANY OTHER AMERICAN CITIZENS THAT LOVE THIS COUNTRY.THEY HAVE ALLOWED OBAMASS TO GET AWAY WITH ALL OF HIS ANTI AMERICAN TREACHERY WITHOUT CALLING HIM OUT ON EVERY ONE . OBAMASS SHOULD HAVE BEEN IMPEACHED A LONG TIME AGO,BUT THERE HE IS IN ALL HIS GLORY PUTTING DOWN AMERICA IN EVERY COUNTRY HE VISITS. WHAT IS WRONG WITH AMERICA,THAT HE IS ALLOWED TO GET AWAY WITH ALL HIS FELONIES AGAINST OUR COUNTRY!

    • Impeaching is fine, but it goes nowhere so long as there are more than 40 dems in the Senate who vote robotically………..as they are told

      • I amend the former to read 40 + RINOs. Kelly Ayotte is up for election this Fall. I pray that some conservative arises from the ashes to challenge her.

  7. The GOP certainly has its problems, but not as large as the hapless, hopeless Liberterian Party. It is highly unlikely there will be a 3rd party candidate elected to significant Federal office. Yes, I know there are exceptions, until recently, Bernie Sanders, as well as Angus King.. But consider the states that elected them, Vermont and Maine – both populated with strange ducks!

  8. She never was a Republican in my estimation. Being married to Carville for so long and getting along so well, she had to be made of the same cloth.

  9. Thanks Democrats for being so proud of that piece of DUNG Hussein and looking forward to more of the same with Bill Clintons husband. Until she totally disbands the military we can look forward to more Bengazi situations. If in some way we could just get Al Whore reinvolved.

  10. Hooray for Mary Matalin. I left the Republican party for the Tea Party a couple years ago after continual frustration with the RINOs who ONLY vote conservative when they are within a year of the election

  11. Good…who needs a turncoat. The GOP is far from perfect but it’s head and shoulders above whatever comes second.

  12. Our two party, with the occasional spoiler, has been obsolete for years, which has left us with a dysfunctional government where compromise is all but impossible, and would work much better if people voted for the party, not the individual candidates with proportional allocation to all of the parties which have gotten enough votes. I think that the system that has been adopted in CA where there is one primary, and then the top 2 candidates, regardless of party would run against each other in the general election is much better than in other places. This way, the candidate who best represents the majority of the voters, in terms of ideas and policies would win because there are now too much separation of voters within each of the established parties to actually have a real representative form of legislature. In the last presidential election, there were many Democratic candidates who wanted to make a distance between themselves and Obama just because of the ACA, and now we find ourselves in the position where many of the incumbent GOP candidates, particularly in the Senate, who do not want to have anything to do with the Donald, but will vote for him anyway – at least that is what they say. Right now, the GOP house is really divided, with the 40 or so members of the so called ‘Freedom Coalition’ actually controlling the House. A multi-party system where any leader would be an openly compromise leader would be more adaptable than what we have now. This idea in the House of having to have a majority of the majority to get anything done, is just totally dysfunctional.

  13. With the whiny little bitch Donnie taking over the party I’m surprised that all republicans with a conscious concern about the future of our country and our relations with the civilized world as well as the party itself aren’t jumping ship in mass. Dangerous Don is the great divider, a moronic manipulator, needs his own party name such as the ‘brown shirts’ and not dirty the name of the long noble republican statesman .

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