Gary Johnson and the possibilities of a third-party candidacy

Last week, in an interview on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” former GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman declared that what this country needs is a good third party.

His was just a cold assessment of “the political marketplace,” insisted Huntsman, who – as he exited the race last month — endorsed Mitt Romney. “We need something to compete against the [Democratic-Republican] duopoly that is getting old and tired,” the former governor of Utah said.

“That ain’t going to me, by the way. I’m not interested in that,” Huntsman added. Within minutes, former Louisiana governor Buddy Roemer announced that he, too, had abandoned his quest for the GOP presidential nomination, and would run as an independent. Not that many noticed.

Gary Johnson speaks during the Libertarian Party presidential candidate debate in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel

Gary Johnson speaks during the Libertarian Party presidential candidate debate in Orlando, Fla., earlier this month. Stephen M. Dowell/Orlando Sentinel

Truth be told, the better third-party bet was in Athens this weekend, attending the state Libertarian party convention. Gary Johnson is yet another former governor – this time from New Mexico – who failed to scratch in the Republican contest.

But when Libertarians have their national gathering in Las Vegas in May, Johnson is likely to emerge as the party’s candidate – just as Bob Barr did four years ago. Johnson left the GOP contest in December. Again, not that many noticed.

Johnson was invited to only two of the many, many debates that displayed the GOP army of candidates. His last was in September, in Orlando. The fit was never there.

“I was in Florida about 10 days ago, and I bought a Libertarian T-shirt. I’ve not worn a Republican T-shirt in my life. I didn’t want to be stuck with having to defend a Republican dogma,” Johnson said in an interview shortly after touching down in Atlanta.

In the crowd of Republican presidential candidates, Johnson was the only one who didn’t seize the label of social conservatism. His main issue is the economy – he promises a balanced budget and supports the Fair Tax, a consumption-based national sales tax.

“I like the Fair Tax because there’s a built-in constituency that goes along with [it]. I think it takes the debate and discussion down the road in a good way,” Johnson said.

But he’s also a defender of gay marriage. And Johnson applauded the end of the U.S. military’s policy of “don’t ask, don’t tell.” He defends a woman’s right to abortion, and clearly would have offered an alternative view during this month’s Republican discussion of contraception.

“It occurs to me that contraception ultimately leads to less abortion. You can’t have it both ways. You can’t have no contraception and no abortion, in my estimation,” Johnson said. “I would think that those that are pro-life would kind of embrace that notion. But they don’t.”

Johnson has a biography that never got much air time last year. His wealth comes from a construction company he built from scratch in Mexico. He’s climbed Mount Everest, survived Ironman triathlons in Hawaii, and endured in the Bataan Memorial Death March, a 25-mile desert run that mandates combat boots and a 35-pound backpack.

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He has broken his back twice, once while hang-gliding. That episode resulted in the illegal use of marijuana to help handle the pain, the two-term governor has admitted.

His drug policy? “In a nutshell, legalize marijuana. Fifty percent of Americans support this notion. It’s never been so high,” Johnson said. Beyond that, he says, create a policy that treats drug abuse as a health issue first.

That’s not a platform likely to win Johnson the White House. But he could still matter more than other fallen Republicans.

Should Johnson win the Libertarian nomination, his next goal would be to gain a spot in the three presidential debates scheduled for this fall. Which could have a decided impact on the November vote.

To win a podium place, Johnson would have to have his name placed on statewide ballots from coast to coast –- a task well within the capacity of the Libertarian movement. And he would have to place 15 percent or better in reputable national surveys.

“They’ve been doing some polls lately. I’m at 9 percent against [President Barack] Obama and Romney,” Johnson said.

To get to that 15 percent mark, Johnson would have to win the support of libertarian voters who now stand behind GOP presidential candidate Ron Paul. Unlikely to make a third-party bid himself, the Texas congressman has vowed to carry his fight to the national GOP convention in Tampa in September.

“What do Ron Paul supporters do? First, I’m believing they’ve all got brains. I don’t think they vote for Obama, and I don’t think they vote for Romney. Or Santorum. Or Gingrich,” Johnson said. But he admits that Paul can’t endorse him without damaging the future of his son, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.

Barr, the former Georgia congressman, anticipated picking up libertarian supporters after Ron Paul’s run for president in 2008. It didn’t happen – at least not in the numbers that Barr needed.

Then there’s the question of a Libertarian running mate. Johnson teased the New York Daily News last week by floating the name of actress Jennifer Anniston. “It’s a fine line between ginning up attention, and getting someone who can hang in the vice presidential debate that goes along with the presidential debates,” Johnson said.

He’s slightly more serious about approaching Drew Carey, the comedian and host of TV’s “The Price is Right.”

“He’s a Libertarian,” Johnson said. “I think he’s capable of articulating the ideas.” Given the game-show nature of 2012 presidential contest so far, Carey might be an appropriate choice.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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96 comments Add your comment

Dumb and Dumber

February 25th, 2012
9:27 am

What we need is a third-party that isn’t a bunch of loony right-wingers (Tea Party, Libertarians, etc.) or nutsy left-wingers (Greens, Ralph Nader and anyone who believes Cynthia McKinney is sane — cause she’s not).

luangtom

February 25th, 2012
9:30 am

Yessir, we all saw what Third Party votes do to elections…..remember Ross Perot……..

double

February 25th, 2012
10:01 am

What we need is a 3rd party that is not tied to the establishment party.The Demopublican gob party.Does such exist?

Past Time For A Change

February 25th, 2012
10:14 am

It is probably too late to change the mis-direction of our country as itn has gone on to long but a viable third party would be worth a try. I have only voted for three presidents over my lifetime that I am proud of. The first was Harry Truman (1948). The secong was Ross Perot and the third was Ronld Reagan. Olod Harry had guts and integrity…Ross Perot told us the truth about job loss to other countriesand about the dangers of the national debt (about 5 trillion in 1992) and Ronald Reaga gave us back our pride in country. A combination of the three is about the only hope we have and I sure don’t see that in either party. Goodbye my beloved country that I proudly served during two wars!

Past Time For A Change

February 25th, 2012
10:18 am

Sorry for all the mistakes in spelling on the previous post but the government got my left eye and the right has a cataract. This election will probably be my last and I sure wish there was someone I could vote for worth the effort of going to the polls!

Monty Python

February 25th, 2012
10:34 am

luangtom

February 25th, 2012
9:30 am
Yessir, we all saw what Third Party votes do to elections…..remember Ross Perot……..

Yes, I remember Ross Perot. He got 8 great years of prosperity and relative peace. He did this country a great service.

jconservative

February 25th, 2012
10:34 am

Past Time For A Change,

Thank you for your service.

I would agree that a “viable” third party would be welcome and would contribute to the future of the nation. But making a new party viable, in contention for the prize, is difficult. There was talk that maybe Bloomberg would take the step. He is a small government conservative but would not gain support from those Republicans who are married to the social/cultural issues. And he would not gain support from the big government Democrats.

One would think that the way to start a new party is from the bottom up, not from the top down, as your candidate Perot tried. The Tea Party had an opportunity to do just that but quickly married the Republicans. Now they are just a small wing of the Republican Party.

But I agree with the sentiment; what we have now is not working very well.

honested

February 25th, 2012
10:49 am

Johnson is still on the GA rethug ballot and those who would support noots, herman, nutty michelle (she’s still on the ballot too) should vote for him.
It could start a national wave and GA could be it’s genesis (Greek not biblical).
And as Monty Python said above, it would allow Gary Johnson to do America the same great service as did Ross Perot, provide an additional 4 years of growth and eventual prosperity.

Obama 2012!!

Road Scholar

February 25th, 2012
10:53 am

jcon: well put.

MB

February 25th, 2012
11:04 am

I know a lot of Ron Paul supporters who are planning to vote for the Libertarian Party candidate should Paul not receive the GOP nod, and it appears he will not.

Linda

February 25th, 2012
11:12 am

Gary Johnson built his business in NEW MEXICO which is part of the U.S. for those of you who do not know this. The article states his business was built from scratch in Mexico. I am a lifelong resident of New Mexico, and in my opinion,he was the best governor this state has ever had. I am a registered republican and will not vote for the any of the of the republican clowns we have to choose from. Gary Johnson will have my vote if he is successful in becoming the Libertarian candidate.

sheepdawg

February 25th, 2012
11:16 am

He’s too sensible for the GOP

MrLiberty

February 25th, 2012
11:23 am

As someone who worked for many years in the greatest party there is in our country – the Libertarian Party, I can tell you that the one two-faced war party that controls this country has done everything within its power to make sure that there is no effective representation or choice for voters. In every state there are ballot access laws, passed by the republicrats and the demopublicans that do as much as possible to prevent both incumbents and certainly the two party monopoly from ever having to face serious competition. That fundamentally has laid the foundation for the impossible, should any serious alternative movement ever come about.

The other underlying problem in this country is clearly expressed in the few comments that are already present in these posts. Americans are without principles. You have one person complaining about groups that want to restore the constitution and other groups that wish to impose socialism. Currently what we have is a worthless constitution and virtual socialism. Americans don’t know what they want, but they know they don’t want this. The government school system has eucated most of them into believing that government is their savior and the solution to all problems. They complian about anyone who would suggest that we cannot afford to take everyone’s money, funnel it through the govenrment, and hope to achieve miracles. They somehow think that they can have their cake and eat it too and they elect over and over the kind of politicians that make those very promises.

Then there is the problem of blind faith and allegiance. We treat everything like a football or team competition where one MUST pledge blind faith and allegiance to one’s team NO MATTER WHAT. Just look at the Bush years. Rampant spending, illegal and immoral wars new entitlement programs, federal control of education, destruction of the Bill of Rights and civil liberties and the only elected official who took a stand for freedom and priniciples was Ron Paul while virtually every other republican joined in lock step with the president. The antiwar group that screamed out against all of this (tragically made up of mostly folks from the left), quickly abandoned their cause as soon as Obama got into office and picked up the destruction of america where Bush and the republicans left off. Meanwhile only the libertarians kept up the cause of freedom and liberty – and Ron Paul along with them.

If americans could just make two extremely imporant realizations, both parties would be fundamentally undermined. The first is the realization that government is the opposite of liberty and freedom. You cannot increase the size, scope, and power of government without diminishing the freeom and liberty of the citizenry. Simply the act of paying for bigger government requires stealing more money from folks and that dimishes freedom. This applies whether the govenrment behavior is domestic or in foreign lands.

The second realization is that government is just made up of people. If you don’t trust people to be able to do the right thing so you create government, how can you trust the government since its just people. Individuals are far less powerful and far less of a threat than an organized group with guns and power, and that is all that government is.

Government does not deserve our support, our admiration, our adulation, or anything other than our condemnation. There is nothing that govenrment does that cannot be done better and cheaper by indiividuals acting in concert with other free individuals either as a business or as a community. So long as we continue to vest government with all the power to run every aspect of our lives, the political class will always be in control of our freedom and our liberties. And we will always have a problem with whatever political party is in control.

sheepdawg

February 25th, 2012
11:33 am

“These people have run out of others to blame, run out of bystanders to suspect, run out of decent family people to dismiss as Godless, sex-crazed perverts. They’re turning the gun on themselves now. It might be justice, or it might just be sad. Whatever it is, it’s remarkable to watch.”

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/blogs/taibblog/arizona-debate-conservative-chickens-come-home-to-roost-20120223#ixzz1nPZjDLlX

hahahahahahahahahaha…..remarkable and entertaining

Independent thinker

February 25th, 2012
11:39 am

We’ll never have a government truly “of, by, and for the people” until we stop letting the deep pockets (millionaires, corporations, and lobbyists) vet our candidates before we even get to vote in primaries. The only way to fix this is to require public financing of all federal campaigns. That’s how we break the back of the supposed two-party system (which are much more alike than different) and increase the influence of citizen voters in our government. If you want your vote to matter, push for a Constitutional amendment requiring public campaign finance and barring individual, corporate, and lobby campaign contributions and SuperPACs.

Centrist

February 25th, 2012
11:42 am

I often vote Libertarian, even in all presidential elections since 1990. This year I am leaning toward Romney.

Iconoclast

February 25th, 2012
12:02 pm

It’s when we think with our hearts or our wallets that we get the two party system. But we will never get anywhere as a nation until we’re relying more on our heads.

MrLiberty

February 25th, 2012
12:03 pm

Independent thinker – and just who do you think will get to decide who gets the public funding, how much, etc. Who will decide who gets “free” television ad time? Who will decide who gets what billboard ad space at what intersection? The republicans and the democrats will – who else? Just look at the debates that happen once the parties have chosen the nominees. Regardless of how a 3rd party is polling, the bar is always raised high enough to keep the 3rd party folks out of the debates. Just look at recent history to see that this is true. And if a 3rd party was allowed, one or both of the other parties would bow out and the debate would be cancelled. Seems fair doesn’t it? And you actually think that public funding will stop this kind of crap?? Why? Constitutional amendment?? Have you bothered to notice how little of the constitution is actually adhered to by those who took a public oath to protect and defend it???

And then we have Centrist, who often votes Libertarian but will be leaning towards Romney this year. Want to explain the rationale for that move?? Did Romney suddenly start caring about personal freedom, civil liberties, small government, sound foreign policy, no income taxation, and every other thing the Libertarian Party stands for, or do you just like how he looks in a suit?

Again, another example of the complete lack of principles among the electorate.

Hey, its simple. Do you think that you are better equipped to make decisions about how your money is spent or the government? Do you think that you are better equipped to make decisions about your health, your sexual habits, how you medicate yourself, what businesses should get your money, how your children should be educated, and virtually every other aspect of your life, or the government?

It doesn’t get any simpler than that, and if you believe the answer to every question is YOU, then you cannot support democrats or republicans (other than Ron Paul) because they all believe that government is better equipped to answer those questions, not you – the only minor differences between the two parties is which of these things they tend to focus more energy on.

So what’s it going to be? Are you to be a citizen or a slave to your government?

The Austrian Brotherhood

February 25th, 2012
12:11 pm

Thank you Mr Liberty. Again and again.

Hopefully the peons and the sheeple will heed your insightful words. The fact they vote for Santorum and Romney and Gingrich and Obama is sickening and disgraceful. These American citizens should be ashamed, if not drawn and quartered.

Take solace that the Libertarian movement is gaining strength by the day and we shall overcome the nitwits and imbeciles that are threatening THESE United STATES of America and it’s declared freedoms from the tyranny of the thieving killing state.

Bless you brother

Centrist

February 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

@ MrLiberty – I said I often VOTE Libertarian – not that I am one. I vote Libertarian when I don’t like the alternatives better. Sometimes I simply leave ballot choices blank – but I ALWAYS go to the polls.

Mrs. Liberty

February 25th, 2012
12:35 pm

I’m voting for the “rent is to damn high” guy.

Steen K

February 25th, 2012
12:37 pm

I’m supporting Rocky Anderson who is also mounting a 3rd party bid for the presidency under the Justice Party banner. I urge everyone to check out his website voterocky.org

Also check out the column of endorsement I wrote for him here http://my.firedoglake.com/nolesfan2011/2012/01/30/my-endorsement-of-rocky-anderson-for-president/

He is the former 2 term mayor of Salt Lake City, Utah and is running on getting money out of politics, balancing the budget , creating good jobs to help grow the economy, ending the drug war and federal reserve, taking on rampant defense spending and corruption, fixing the health care system and repairing the environment along with creating new energy solutions. He also wants to take on the big banks and fix the foreclosure crisis and he supports women’s rights.

he has some things in common with Ron Paul and Gary Johnson but he is much better as he understands the government does have some responsibilities and he wants to help people he’s also not a total isolationist and promotes a more rational foreign policy. Less war and ending the wars but not allowing genocides to occur.

Rocky Anderson supporter

February 25th, 2012
12:39 pm

I’m supporting Rocky Anderson as well. voterocky.org is a great place to learn about him but you should also google his name and read his Wikipedia page to learn more about him and his candidacy. We need a new 3rd party to challenge the corrupt Democrats and Republicans and the Justice Party is it.

MrLiberty

February 25th, 2012
12:42 pm

But why do you “often” vote Libertarian? What is it that appeals to you about their party platform, their candidates, etc.? Or do you just vote for their candidate because the other two clowns are so bad? But what exactly is the point of giving your endorcement to one candidate or the other if you do not endorce their positions? Just look at the state of our nation. Currently 50% of the eligible voters do not give their support to anyone. That is a serious and absolutely wonderful statement about our country and the rejection of our government and political process. Your vote should mean something. If you don’t support someone’s positions, you should not vote for them. You should not vote against someone for the winner will only see your vote as an endorcement of their policies. Just look at the elections where only 20% of the voters turn out and the winner barely gets 51% of the vote. That means that they only received 10% of the support of the people. What better statement could one make. I’m sorry, but saying that you ALWAYS go to the polls doesn’t sit well with me and certainly shouldn’t give you a warm feeling either. If you are casting your vote for someone you don’t believe in, then you are WASTING your vote – actually, even worse. John McCain was not the lesser of two evils, he was evil, and even voting for him to keep Obama out of office was wrong. No vote for anyone would have been a better and more principled vote, and every american should begin acting accordingly.

In Serbia, if a majority of voters do not vote, they consider the election null and void. What a wonderful thing that would be for this country – so long as they don’t end up forcing people to vote. The Libertarian Party wholeheartedly supports a change to put None of the Above on every ballot with all contestents being disqualified for the next contest if NOTA wins. They in fact follow that bylaw in every one of their internal votes (conventions, etc.). Now that is a fundamental change I would get behind and that every america should demand.

td

February 25th, 2012
12:42 pm

Good one Jim. We have had hundreds are articles and blogs by the “lame stream media” bashing all the Republican candidates and not talking about Obama and his problems for the past year and yet Obama still can not take a lead. Romney is up by 4 and Rick is only behind by 1, so now lets talk about the good ole third party movement knowing that the libs are going to vote for Obama no matter what and it is the only way he can get re elected. Looks like you libs are starting to get worried.

MrLiberty

February 25th, 2012
12:45 pm

I know in this upcoming election, most if not all Ron Paul supporters have pledged “Ron Paul or no one at all.” When Romney, Santorum, Gingrich or Obama will carry on the failed policies that have gotten us here, what exactly would be the point in bothering to vote for either of them. No sense any of them thinking they freely received my vote. I have more principles than that and I think most Ron Paul supporters feel the same.

Linda Ann

February 25th, 2012
12:48 pm

I considered Ron Paul and Gary Johnson but I am also supporting Rocky Anderson. He is better than Obama because he actually stands up for America and for principles and values instead of selling out and he is better than the GOP because he is much more rational. He is the one candidate who is running to save America and restore the constitution but doesn’t want to give corporations massive power like Ron Paul or Gary would. Rocky is the best candidate of the bunch with a great record of success.

MrLiberty

February 25th, 2012
12:49 pm

td – go to www(dot)bluerepublican(dot)org and see what a hell of a lot of democrats are doing to try and preserve their liberties and their freedoms in the face of what Obama has done over the past 3 years. If there was a reason why democrats are scared, it is this. Every lib isn’t going to be supporting Obama. But I can guarantee that they won’t be supporting Mitt, Newt, or Rick either.

MrLiberty

February 25th, 2012
12:54 pm

Linda Ann – I don’t know enough about Gary Johnson’s positions on corporatism to lump him into the same group as Ron Paul, but before you make such statements about Ron Paul’s gift of massive power to corporations, maybe you should first understand where massive power comes from and what Ron Paul ACTUALLY stands for before showing your ignorance. Anyone who has looked into Ron’s positions on the Fed, the government, tax policy, free trade, etc. knows very well that he is the enemy of corporatism, has been its most outspoken opponent in congress, and is basically avoided by virtually every lobbyist in washington because he cannot be bought and doesn’t support any legislation that gives power to government or business. He supports freedom. You might want to look into him as he certainly has a better chance of getting elected than Rocky Anderson.

Bernie

February 25th, 2012
1:03 pm

Gary? …..Who? Exactly! …. may I flush now?

MrLiberty

February 25th, 2012
1:11 pm

Sadly Gary Johnson had the opportunity to “get it” but didn’t. He is still too much of a big government republican to ever find a home in the Libertarian Party – although he may get their nomination as they seem not to be able to resist celebrities (despite their failings – Bob Barr comes to mind). Gary is a pragmatist, not a principled man. He supports medical marijuana legalization and lessening of marijuana penalties on pragmatic grounds but cannot see ending the drug war completely because it is an abomination of freedom and liberty – as Ron Paul has clearly and correctly pointed out. He also doesn’t get it when it comes to unnecessary and illegal foreign wars, etc. but far too many americans don’t get it on that account either. They would rather believe the liars that got un into Iraq than those who do not stand to benefit financially from another war.

td

February 25th, 2012
1:59 pm

I tend to believe in a great deal of the tenets of Libertarianism such as people should be able to do mostly what they want to do as long as it does not hurt others. The problem with the philosophy is it is unrealistic. The American people are not going to let its own citizen children starve in the streets or to do without lifesaving medical treatment. The only way true libertarianism to work is if all the people believe and accept responsibility for their own actions and the socialist will never allow that attitude.

euler

February 25th, 2012
2:00 pm

Until we enact some sort of preferential voting system, we will be stuck with a two party system due to Duverger’s law. But of course Republicans and Democrats have no interest in such a system, so if you are serious about getting a third party involved, you need to demand changes to the voting system. They won’t do it for you.

euler

February 25th, 2012
2:10 pm

@MrLiberty:

“You cannot increase the size, scope, and power of government without diminishing the freeom and liberty of the citizenry. Simply the act of paying for bigger government requires stealing more money from folks and that dimishes freedom.”

Even Libertarians concede that government is necessary in order to prevent fraud and force which would require a police force which in turn requires taxes (there is absolutely no reason to believe that voluntary taxes would cover such expenses). Therefore, you are advocating something you previously declared to be “theft”, making you a hypocrite.

“There is nothing that govenrment does that cannot be done better and cheaper by indiividuals acting in concert with other free individuals either as a business or as a community.”

Citation needed. Exceptional claims require exception evidence and you’ve not given any sort of evidence.

Producer

February 25th, 2012
2:12 pm

Gary Johnson? Give me a break. He won’t even get half a dozen votes in his own damn state.

Hillbilly D

February 25th, 2012
2:12 pm

In my opinon, the only way a third party can be viable is if it centrist, in it’s leanings. A right leaning third party will only insure a Democratic victory and a left leaning third party will only insure a Republican victory, assuming the third party is big enough to have an impact.

I’d love to see a centrist third party but the chances of that are mighty slim. The only serious third party candidate that I’ve seen, in my lifetime, was Ross Perot. He was nuttier than a fruitcake but a whole lot of what he foretold has come to pass.

BRW

February 25th, 2012
2:13 pm

td, you are the lame stream media. No one is listening to your daily Obama Bash session. Get over yourself.

Hillbilly D

February 25th, 2012
2:14 pm

“There is nothing that govenrment does that cannot be done better and cheaper by indiividuals acting in concert with other free individuals either as a business or as a community.”

What about fighting wars?

euler

February 25th, 2012
2:21 pm

@Hillbilly D: What do you mean by centrist? While it is, of course, possible for a party to exist with views in between that of the Democrats and the Republicans, it’s worth keeping in mind that by world political standards, both of our parties are considered right-wing.

td

February 25th, 2012
2:29 pm

BRW

February 25th, 2012
2:13 pm

td, you are the lame stream media. No one is listening to your daily Obama Bash session. Get over yourself.

Every blog I have been reading is nothing more then a daily bash of the Republican candidates from the libs. I am just a little voice of bringing a little fair and balanced discussion.

mootsa gootsa

February 25th, 2012
2:34 pm

I will be voting for Gary Johnson and hope you will also. This country needs a fiscal conservative and a social liberal. Gary Johnson fits the bill. The two main parties are like Coke and Pepsi, this year lets drink the spring water.

mootsa gootsa

February 25th, 2012
2:41 pm

It may not be as hard as one thinks for a third party to win the election. If a candidate like Gary Johnson would devote all his time trying to get one third of the voters in the following states he can win the election. CA. NY. NJ. FL. MI. NC. TX. PA. IL. OH. and GA.

double

February 25th, 2012
2:50 pm

I think we should nominate and elect MrLiberty.He is very visible.I see him in front or near these income tax filing firms ,shaking,bobbing,weaving,anything to be noticed.

Keith

February 25th, 2012
3:01 pm

This is how you do it at the polls-go down the list and vote for all the Libertarians. Scan list again and vote for libertarian leaning Republicans. Then it’s time to go home. The Democratic-Socialist Party has no libertarian leaning candidates. Caution:This may not work for the parasites on the government dole.

Harold Angelsing

February 25th, 2012
3:12 pm

It’s a constitutional crisis. Because of the quirks in the constitution, any third party entering the race nearly guarantees the least popular candidate will be elected. And currently we cannot amend the constitution, not to balance the budget, fix the electoral process, or anything else, no matter how good an idea someone has, because the country is deeply polarized and can’t agree on anything. In such a situation, one can only ***support whichever of the two parties is closest to seeing the Big Picture*** — and the picture POTUS sees is big indeed. The only real alternatives are: 1. ignoring the constitution and paying lip service to it and continue going through the motions (as the Romans did after the fall of the Republic) or… 2. civil war, which we tried once already, and don’t want to try again. Right now the only candidate that sees the Big Picture is Barack Obama; and he doesn’t see it entirely my way, or your way, or any given person’s way; but he SEES it.

td

February 25th, 2012
3:18 pm

Harold Angelsing

February 25th, 2012
3:12 pm

And what “big picture” does Obama see? Could it be the one that thinks we need to redistribute wealth and turn this country into a European social democratic state?

double

February 25th, 2012
3:23 pm

I doubt we have a choice on wealth distribution.China will not care what your politics are.

Horsetoothedjackass

February 25th, 2012
3:24 pm

The biggest hurdle would be getting Mr. Johnson (or whoever is nominated as the Libertarian candidate) on the ballot in all 50 states (and the District Of Columbia), which they have not been able to do since 1996 (In 2000, the LP candidate was on the ballot in 49 states + D.C. but in Arizona, a different candidate was on the ballot for the party.) In 2004, the LP was on the ballot in 48 states + D.C. and was a write-in candidate in New Hampshire. In 2008, Bob Barr was on the ballot in 45 states (write-in candidate in D.C.) as the LP was unable to get him in the ballot in 5 states, but he was still on enough ballots to theoretically win the 270 required Electoral College votes.

euler

February 25th, 2012
3:34 pm

Actually, the biggest hurdle is that people aren’t going to vote for him.

Centrist

February 25th, 2012
3:38 pm

I am almost dead center on this political test: http://www.politicalcompass.org/test

Economic Left/Right: -0.62
Social Libertarian/Authoritarian: 0.31