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  • Gary Johnson Goes from Talking Head to Walking Dead

    Lest you forget, this election is still a three-legged race: Democrat President Obama, Republican Mitt Romney and Libertarian Gary Johnson. The third leg may not be as big as the other two, but every once and a while it rises up and demands everyone's attention

    Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson filed an anti-trust lawsuit in federal court Friday to try to force his way into next month's presidential debates.

    Johnson, who first sought the GOP primary nomination before launching a third-party bid, is suing the nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates and both the Democratic and Republican parties, calling the CPD a "conspiracy."

    Johnson isn't asking the voting public to marry him, he's just saying if a candidate spends a lot of time and money getting to 270 electoral votes, that candidate should be invited inside for a night cap debate. He only wants the opportunity to get to second base with us, but the CPD is a real ice queen. According to Johnson's complaint, the group meets every four years to "hoodwink" the American people out of a real debate. What a talk tease.

    If aggressively litigious tactics don't win you over, maybe you're one of those voters who's attracted to a good sense of humor. Thankfully, that's another thing Johnson likes to throw around…

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    Tags: Barack Obama, Democrats, Gary Johnson, Libertarian, Mitt Romney, Republicans
  • From the Pork Barrel: Con-text

    * "Uh, pretty much every quote in this video is taken out of context, How do they get away with this kind of garbage." – Some YouTube comment, probably

    Joe Biden has been revealed as the stingiest person alive. Or at least the stingiest person on a major presidential ticket this fall.

    * Gary Johnson os still trailing in the polls by about 43 points. I'd be getting a little nervous if I were him. Though, I guess there's still a decent amount of time.

    * MTV's Power of 12 website takes an in depth look at Mitt Romney's 47%.

    * The Atlantic finds genuine beauty and poetry in Mitt Romney's doctor note.

    * Download our free iPhone and iPad app Indecision Election Companion and jump up into the the Peanut Gallery — our liveblog/instant reaction arena — to watch and respond with us as Bill Clinton gets all Clintonesque all over the place on CBS's Face the Nation this Sunday morning 10:30 a.m.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Gary Johnson, Mitt Romney, Polls, Pork Barrel
  • Fox News Finds the Value in Gary Johnson

    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.

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Fox News, Gary Johnson, Libertarian, Third Party
  • Gary Johnson Will Legalize Marijuana If Elected Fantasy President

    When Barack Obama was a young man, he would reportedly yell "Interception!" before snatching a joint from a friend's hand to take an extra hit. As president, he's continued "intercepting" the nation's pot supply with an aggressive crackdown.

    But Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson has way mellower vibes when it comes to toking

    The ad points to Obama's early drug abuse as a case for legalization. But I think it's missing the point. Obama is trying to protect us from following his path. He knows better than anyone that drug use will only lead to a future with a low-paying, soul-sucking job that causes you to age prematurely.

    Tags: Barack Obama, Crime, Drugs, Gary Johnson, Libertarian, Marijuana, Third Party
  • Could Gary Johnson Be 2012's Ross Perot?

    Theoretically speaking, the Libertarian candidate could mount a surprise populist campaign this fall and build up enough support with his everyman message to upset conventional wisdom and become the first-ever third party candidate to win the presidency, thus overturning everything we thought we knew about American politics and changing the course of American history.

    Theoretically, that could happen. It totally could. All kinds of things could happen, theoretically speaking. That's why Libertarians choose to live in the magical land of "Theoretically Speaking." After all, that's where their policies make sense.

    In the real world, though, Gary Johnson could make an impact on history, but in a slightly different way

    Poll after poll shows lackluster enthusiasm for Obama and Romney, along with continuing voter disgust with Washington and most national institutions. That probably isn't enough to push even a single electoral vote into Johnson's camp. It could, however, put just enough ballots in Johnson’s column —  in a kind of disaffected, "throw-the-bums-out" way — to affect the outcome in a handful of states.

    Early polling has shown Johnson taking more from Romney, although pollsters say he’s peeling off votes from Obama as well. Johnson has said he expects to be on the ballot in all 50 states.

    If there's an opportunity for Johnson to make a difference anywhere, it's likely in Mountain states such as his native New Mexico, and Colorado and Nevada, where he could shave votes from the major-party candidates. In a close race that neither side thinks will be an electoral landslide, Johnson could make a real difference — especially with Ron Paul’s libertarian-leaning backers now up for grabs.

    Theoretically speaking, somebody might someday be moved to carve the faces of Ross Perot, Ralph Nader and Gary Johnson on the side of a mountain. Theoretically speaking…

    Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images News/Getty Images

    Tags: Gary Johnson, Libertarian, Third Party