I have put a lot of thought into this over the past 24 hours and I believe this will backfire on Republicans. Libertarians are determined to get ballot access and in the process they now have to reach out to thousands of Independents to ask for signatures. They will turn it into a giant Libertarian outreach program and Libertarian candidates will benefit.
Also, according to Capital Media Services this change was pushed by the National Republican Party. Libertarians nationwide are furious and they will take that anger out on Republican candidates.
Lastly, I have heard that this is the last straw for some Republicans with a conscience and they are leaving the Republican Party and registering Libertarian.”