Sunday, July 8, 2012
Gary Johnson; Spoiler Or Contender
We have seen from the beginning that his campaign for President, as both a Republican and Libertarian, has managed to garner little traction with voters due to the lack of coverage by the lamestream mediots and slights by polling organizations. Add in that he was only invited to participate in 2 out of 13 GOP debates even though he was polling as good or better than three of the invitees; Cain, Santorum and Huntsman, you can see why not may people have heard of the former two-term New Mexico Governor.
But something interesting seems to be happening, Gary Johnson is beginning to enter the ridicule phase.
It's not outright ridicule of course, but rather a portrayal of him as a dark-horse candidate waging a Quixotic campaign which he can't win and will only serve to be a spoiler.
The not-so-subtle message; a vote for Gary Johnson is a vote for Barack Obama.
This is ridiculous of course, Gary Johnson's message is worlds apart from both of his rivals. Where Johnson is running on a platform of fiscal responsibility and social tolerance, his rivals are simply running on maintaining the status quo of their respective parties, with very little daylight in between on key issues. Both Obama and Romney are in favor of government intervention at home and military intervention abroad with little interest in protecting civil liberties or upholding the Constitution.
When contrasted with his rivals, it is crystal clear why the power brokers don't want to see Gary Johnson gain any traction; if the American electorate were to receive a fair analysis of Johnson, he just might have a chance to win. This would be terrible news for the Republiocrat stranglehold on our political system.
As we have seen in the last two elections, the mediots play the role of kingmakers.
In 2008 a little known Illinois Senator came out of nowhere to beat the Clinton Machine and ultimately win the Presidency with the help of the mediots. The same can be said in the 2012 GOP Primaries where, with the media's help, various candidates jumped to the front of the pack only to fall back to earth once the reporting on them had turned.
There is a silver lining in all this. As the saying goes, any press is good press and right now it is a positive for Gary Johnson to just have his name mentioned in the same conversation as his two main rivals. The more the electorate hears about him the better his chances are to gain traction. Once this happens he will enter phase three, they will fight him.
One thing to consider, in a three-way race that is going to be tight, it is only going to take a plurality to win.
Gary Johnson may just shock the world; stranger things have happened.