On September 4, only two days before the U.S. District Court hearing in Libertarian Party of Michigan v Ruth Johnson, the Republican Party of Michigan applied to the Court to intervene in the lawsuit. Here is the Republican Party’s brief. The party does not even acknowledge two of the Libertarian Party’s strongest points: (1) the “sore loser” law has not been amended since before 1980, yet the law was construed not to cover presidential primaries in 1980 and John Anderson was allowed to be on the November ballot; (2) the true candidates in a presidential election are the presidential elector candidates, and they aren’t sore losers.
It is odd that the Michigan Republican Party feels it should intervene in the lawsuit. Both the Secretary of State and the Attorney General are Republicans. Generally when a group intervenes in a lawsuit, it says it is doing that because it doesn’t believe the parties already in the case are capable of defending the challenged law.