It's not all that often that you see Fox News offering wistful starry-eyed think pieces on former governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson. As a Republican presidential candidate, he was kind of a dud. He's not nearly anti-gay enough and he appears to have possibly leafed through a science magazine once or twice. So, right there, not good.
However, that doesn't mean that the guy is completely valueless. As we've written of previously, he has the potential to achieve heights of electoral influence previously only achieved by the likes of Ross Perot and Ralph Nader. Which is to say, if you really game it out in just the right way, he could tip the election toward Mitt Romney.
How would that work? Don't worry. Fox News' Joe Trippi spent the time needed to intricately work it all out for you…
In Colorado — which the Obama campaign has been working hard to hold onto in 2012 — Obama currently leads Romney 49-42 in the latest PPP poll, down from a 53-40 in April.
But add Gary Johnson to the mix, and Johnson’s 7% support in Colorado pulls almost equally from both candidates, dragging Obama down to 47 percent and Romney to 39.
If that still seems like a safe margin for Obama, remember that Obama’s Colorado strategy relies on the enthusiastic turnout of college educated white voters, minorities, and youth. Then note that Colorado has a marijuana legalization initiative on the ballot in November — a fact that could further bolster youth turnout for Johnson, who supports marijuana legalization.
It's beautiful, isn't it? Don't touch it! It's fragile, and could all fall apart if breathed upon the wrong way.
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