While this news is dramatic, it is really more personaly dramatic for Gary Johnson than it is for most American voters. To them the real news is that Gary Johnson was running for President in any Party.
Johnson was one of the first candidates to announce his bid for the Republican presidential nomination, but few ever knew. His lack of nationalname ID and seeming lack of personality made it quite hard for Gary Johnson to ever really have a chance to catch on with the public. In addition to scant media coverage of his candidacy, little to no interest in his candidacy gave few media outlets any desire to cover his campaign. White House 2012 contacted Gary Johnson several times in an attempt to give him the opportunity for such coverage, but apparently, he decided that no coverage was better than any coverage by White House 2012.
Now it would seem that Gary Johnson has come to accept the vicious cycle of political anonymity that he exists in and is ready to to try to become a big fish in the little Libertarian pond, instead of being a Guppy in a big lake.
While news of any aggressive moderate or right of center candidacy can significantly harm Republican chances of defeating President Obama, Gary Johnson’s third party candidacy will have little effect on the election even if he wins the Libertarian nomination. Whereas such a campaign by Ron Paul could doom any chance of beating President Obama 2012, the same does not hold true for Johnson, whose Libertarian bid for the presidency will only prove to generate the same kind of voter attention and enthusiasm that his failed campaign for the Republican presidential nomination has generated.
In many ways, Johnson’s inability to run a campaign that could get his message out is a very sad state of affairs.
As a popular two term Governor, he became one of the few people to actually deliver on limited government and reducing the size of government. He is also one of the few elected officials who has actually governed in accordance with the fiscal conservatism that he preaches. Compared to Ron Paul, Gary Johnson is actually a much better leader. While Paul preaches, Johnson did what he preached. While Ron Paul has accomplished little to nothing in his attempts to reform government, Gary Johnson has actually achieved reforms.
Truth be told, if I had the opportunity to elect Johnson governor of my state, I would. He is a true small government, fiscal conservative. However, like Ron Paul, he and his policies lack any merit when it comes to what is the federal government’s main constitutional repsonisibility…..foreign affairs and national security. Sadly, this is a disqualifier. It is also one of the reasons why no one has taken Gary Johnson seriously as a presidential candidate.
Ultimately, Johnson’s potential third party candidacy is the best thing for him and for the Libertarian Party, he is the next best thing to Ron Paul for them and it is probably what Johnson should have done from the very beginning.
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