Young comedy fans may know him better as a punchline than as a stand-up comic, but, back in the day, Gallagher commanded a pretty massive audience. He made 13 one-hour specials for Showtime and toured the country selling hundreds of thousands of tickets.
The prop comic has fallen somewhat off the map recently, but he leaves behind a rather large collection of older, cranky, anti-authoritarian fan base with an affinity for impractical but mesmerizing solutions to everyday problems. If there were only some way to harness those disaffected Gallagher fans.
Enter Gary Johnson, Libertarian candidate for president…
It's just that simple.
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It's official. Gary Johnson has announced this morning — via the free market-endorsed individual civil liberty-approved medium of email — that he is renouncing his fidelity to the Republican Party that has done him wrong so many times.
From this day forward he shall no longer be Gov. Gary Johnson, ignored candidate of the Republican Party. He shall henceforth be known as Gov. Gary Johnson, candidate of the ignored Libertarian Party…
It was both a difficult decision — and an easy one. It was difficult because I have a lot of Republican history, and a lot of Republican supporters. But in the final analysis, as many, many commentators have said since watching how I governed in New Mexico, I am a Libertarian — that is, someone who is fiscally very conservative but holds freedom-based positions on many social issues…
I am excited. I am liberated. And I am committed to shaking the system as it has never been shaken before. Just the speculation that I might run as a Libertarian has garnered more national media attention than I ever received as a Republican candidate whose voice they didn't want to hear.
Very exciting news!
Except, probably, to actual members of the Libertarian Party.
And most other people.
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You're probably going to be hearing a lot about our friend Gary Johnson and his decision to abandon the GOP for the Libertarian Party over the next couple of days, or at least until everyone goes back to forgetting that Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party are things that exist.
But what you probably won't hear about that much is that according to a new survey from Public Policy Polling, a Libertarian Johnson will likely pull in less than 10 percent in a general election (which, to be fair, would actually pretty amazing for Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party).
However — while no third party candidate has any genuine chance of winning anything other than a free ride for Barack Obama — there are some data points worth noting…
The strongest potential independent candidate we tested is Donald Trump who gets 19% in a three way contest with Obama at 45% and Romney at 31%. The folks who say they would support Trump go for Romney 71-10 in a straight up head to head with Obama. Donald Trump's ego could potentially prove to be Obama's greatest asset for reelection in 2012.
The independent candidate who gets the next largest amount of support is Ron Paul at 17%. Obama would get 42% and Romney 37% in that match up. Folks who would vote for Paul third party go for Romney by a 55-17 margin over Obama in their head to head, making them at least a slightly more politically diverse group than the Trump voters. Paul would achieve a near three way tie with independent voters, getting 27% to Obama's 32% and Romney's 31%.
The only other potential independent we tested who registers in double digits is Jon Huntsman at 11%. Obama gets 43% and Romney 37% in that three way contest. Although Huntsman has built up a reputation as the Republican Democrats love and is getting a huge chunk of his support in New Hampshire from Obama voters, he would still draw disproportionately from Romney in a three way contest. His voters go 63-15 for Romney over Obama in a head to head.
Personally, I'm still holding out for a Hugo Chávez candidacy. I know! It's totally unconstitutional, and there's absolutely no chance that it could ever happen in a million billion years. But it's in the realm of conceivable scenarios.
Unlike Gary Johnson and the Libertarian Party winning the White House.
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* Could Gary Johnson be making the move from ignored candidate for party nomination to nominated candidate for an ignored party?
* The balanced budget amendment teeters and falls in the Senate.
* The Obama campaign has built its fundraising strategy around angry and frustrated family and friends.
* Mitt Romney flip-flops on skin color.
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That Gary Johnson's a troublemaker. First he gets excluded from a debate, then he gets excluded again, then some more debates happen that he's not allowed to attend, and now he's making a big fuss over being treated "unfairly." Grow up, Johnson!
But he refuses to. Just read this letter he wrote to the Republican National Committee complaining about not being allowed to participate…
"I entered the race for president with the belief that I bring to the table not only the credentials, but ideas that Republicans would like to see and hear. Never did it occur to me that I would be excluded from the conversation; however, that is precisely what is happening – and I believe the Republican National Committee bears some responsibility for what is going on…
"I recognize that the RNC is not in the business of helping one candidate for the nomination or another. However, I would suggest that it is the business of the RNC to insure that the Republican nominating process is not ceded to the likes of CNN and the Washington Post."
Whoa, settle down there Gary! Are you seriously suggesting that the RNC would allow certain voices within their party to be silenced by massive, wealthy media conglomerates? Of course not, as the RNC's Junior Chief Counsel informed him in an open letter sent out by email today…
"We simply have to have some minimum criteria in order for candidates to participate in these debates. Otherwise, the debates would be utter chaos and unhelpful to Republican voters as we select our nominee."
Exactly. This isn't about excluding politicians who have unpopular views on social issues or who aren't rich enough. It's about making sure the debates are coherent events that allow voters to make reasonable judgments about who the best candidates are.
These candidates are poised and knowledgeable, and aren't into bickering or shouting matches. Gary Johnson just doesn't understand.
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