Gary Johnson: Boldly Going Where No Libertarian Has Gone Before?

In an article titled: Gary Johnson: Boldly going were no Libertarian has gone before?  published in today’s Tuscon Citizen, reporter David Pinar writes:

Libertarian Party 2012 candidate for President Gary Johnson  is finally getting some attention and, surprisingly, more and more supporters. I say “surprisingly” because while Libertarian candidates often do get some attention, it rarely translates to votes. 2008 Libertarian Presidential candidate Bob Barr received only .4% of the nationwide vote; that’s even less than the .56% Ralph Nader received. Barr’s vote total topped 1% in just one single state, Indiana, were he received 1.06%. In Arizona, Barr got only .547%, in Colorado only .454%.  But recent polling has Gary Johnson getting 7% of the vote in Colorado. In Arizona, Johnson is pulling as much as 9% of the vote, and in his home state of New Mexico he gets 12% of the vote.  So who exactly is Gary Johnson?

The author provides an excellent summary of Gary Johnson’s record as a Governor and outlines his “fiscal conservatism.”

While the author then expresses concern over Johnson’s proposed “balanced budget for 2013” and the impact of an immediate $1 trillion dollar reduction in federal spending (something, BTW, Governor Johnson has not, in this reporter’s experience, advocated — he wants Congress to start with the balanced budget and then fully debate and justify any spending beyond that), the other conclusions in this overall favorable article are:

 . . . There is not a single word there I disagree with. Kudos to Mr. Johnson for being a true Libertarian when it comes to social issues.

and

. . . Hmmm . . . can’t find much to disagree with him there either.

and finally the concluding admonishment to his readers to:

If you can’t vote for Obama, instead of just voting for the lessor of two evils, take a look at Gary Johnson – at least you know where he stands.  Can you say the same about Mitt Romney?

The complete article is available online at:

http://tucsoncitizen.com/baja-democrats/2012/06/24/gary-johnson-boldly-going-were-no-libertarian-has-gone-before

18 thoughts on “Gary Johnson: Boldly Going Where No Libertarian Has Gone Before?

  1. Mario Conde

    Gov. Johnson is getting a lot media coverage. If this continues, the “Gary Johnson Brand” will be in the debates in October.

  2. Cut Off Obama's Johnson

    Support Ron Paul and Rand Paul

    They are the only way

    Johnson is a tool (of Demon Obama) who supports “humanitarian” intervetionism – false profit

    Obama is the Antichrist foretold in Revelations, Rosemary’s Baby quite literally, his father was Satan in human form, he was born in Kenya in a Satanic Black Mass

    We must get behind Romney to stop Obama and elect Rand Paul in 2016

    The Libertarian Party is just a tool of the Demoncrats to re-elect Obama and send us all to the Death Camps and the Killing Fields before 2016 because there will never be another election if Obama wins

    This year, kid, I’m voting Republican!

    Ron Paul is Republican, Rand Paul is Republican, you should be Republican too!

  3. From Der Sidelines

    “Boldly Going Where No Libertarian Has Gone Before?”

    The front row of a Michael Bolton concert? 😀

  4. Oranje Mike

    The author is delusional (or willfully ignorant) in his praise of Obama but I must give credit for giving Gary Johnson a solid.

  5. Thane Eichenauer

    I don’t know if the title of the Tucson Citizen article happens to closely match the one referenced below but whether it is serendipity, coincidence or intent I think it should be mentioned.

    Where No Libertarian Has Gone Before by L. Neil Smith
    http://ncc-1776.org/tle2012/tle676-20120624-02.html
    Just in case someone wants some history this is the same L. Neil Smith that received 5,775 votes in Arizona for President in the 2000 election cycle.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L._Neil_Smith#Politics
    http://www.azsos.gov/results/2000/general/GEN-100.htm

  6. Mobert Rilnes

    These types of poll numbers are not that out of line with what LP P candidates get at this stage in the process. Later on the numbers tend to fall dramatically. However, even in polls right before the election they tend to be a lot higher than the actual results.

  7. JT

    Mario: “Gov. Johnson is getting a lot media coverage. If this continues, the “Gary Johnson Brand” will be in the debates in October.”

    If by “the Gary Johnson Brand” you mean he’ll be in the debates in October, then you’re clueless. If he gets 15% in national polls prior to the debates, which is the (irrational) standard, then I’ll eat my hat. Hope that you aren’t too disillusioned & angry when that doesn’t happen.

  8. Charles Lupton

    @9 – I’ll provide the sauce and you can make it a Youtube video. I hope your hat is natural fiber at least. I don’t want you to become ill from having to eat it.

  9. Joe Buchman

    Same L. Neil Smith who wrote “The Probability Broach” one of my very most favorite (and I think Heinlein-esque), libertarian Sci-Fi novels. Right up there with “The Moon is a Harsh Mistress.”

    Joe

  10. Paulie

    @10 you could make a lot of betting on Johnson being in the debates if you feel confident. I’d love to see that, but I wouldn’t predict it. On the other had, I wouldn’t rule anything out. I do hope that if it doesn’t happen, and if we get numbers more in line with what we have in the past, that too many people won’t feel too let down to keep going.

  11. Austin Battenberg

    I’d say that Johnson has the best chance of being in the debates then any previous candidate. Mostly because of the credibility he brings being a former governor.

    Of course I’m sure even if he did make 15%, that somehow the media would make some sort of absurd rule change to exclude him. Such is life.

  12. paulie

    15% has to be in an average of polls, which means that it has to be in almost every poll so the poll lineup used to arrive at the average can’t be reshuffled. Next, Obey and Romnbomber both have to agree to debate; my guess is that at least one of them will say no. But, sometimes the “impossible” does happen. I just wouldn’t lay odds on it happening.

  13. Bill Wood

    Austen, the big debates isn’t governed by the media but by a committee made up of Rep and Dem. so they probably will move the bar higher if GJ starts polling at 15%

  14. JT

    Lupton: “I’ll provide the sauce and you can make it a Youtube video. I hope your hat is natural fiber at least. I don’t want you to become ill from having to eat it.”

    It’s not & I don’t like eating a lot of fiber. I’m more worried about being seriously injured in a car crash though.

    Battenberg: “I’d say that Johnson has the best chance of being in the debates then any previous candidate. Mostly because of the credibility he brings being a former governor.”

    I agree. No chance to a very slim chance isn’t saying much though.

    Look, we’re talking about getting at least 15% of the vote in several national polls. Not *single-state* polls, *fifty-state* polls. That hurdle was created after the Perot candidacy by the bi-partisan CPD, which knew that, barring some wildly popular celebrity/billionaire candidate, the debates would be limited to the D & R candidates. It’s a totally arbitrary & self-serving standard, but it is what it is.

    Paulie: “I do hope that if it doesn’t happen, and if we get numbers more in line with what we have in the past, that too many people won’t feel too let down to keep going.”

    That’s my fear. It’s that kind of thinking that often leads to frustration & abandonment. I especially hope that GJ himself won’t be so discouraged with the result that he’ll drop the LP completely, as I think he’s a valuable asset to the party.

    However, I do think there’s a realistic chance that he polls significantly higher than any past LP candidate. If he receives a few million votes & that provides a good deal of national media exposure for the LP, I’ll be a happy guy.

  15. paulie

    Same here.

    Not ruling anything out, but I’m in it for the long haul even if it’s another 0.4 +/- 0.1% just like the last seven times.

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