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Gary Johnson Pulls One
Million Votes, One Percent

Reason Magazine, by J.D. Tuccille

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Posted By:KarenJ1, 11/8/2012 11:04:01 AM

Sad to say, the best-qualified presidential candidate in the race, this year — Gary Johnson — pulled just a bit more than one million votes and around one percent of the vote. "Best qualified" I say, since a succesful and popular two-term governor strikes me as having a better resumé than a single-term governor or a half-term senator who put in a p***-poor performance in the White House. That said, Gary Johnson has pulled the most votes in raw numbers of any Libertarian presidential candidate and, as I drain a bottle of truly

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I disagree that this guy was the most qualified as the author states. As close as this race was this self centered fool could have been what made the difference between Romney winning. I will never understand why people who have no chance to get elected care for themselves more than the welfare of their country.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: tocsin, 11/8/2012 11:11:18 AM     (No. 8999480)

Ditto!-O.P.
Malignant narcissists, indeed.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 11/8/2012 11:12:38 AM     (No. 8999484)

Shame on us for such unutterable stupidity.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: NorthernDog, 11/8/2012 11:18:11 AM     (No. 8999501)

He may have cost Romney Florida's electoral votes. He got more votes then the difference between Obama and Romney. Otherwise, I'm not sure what he accomplished.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Polecat49, 11/8/2012 11:26:22 AM     (No. 8999528)

Gary helped ruin the Republican party in New Mexico. SO, I guess he thought this would be a good year to do the same to the National Republican party and to the United States.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: SgtMike, 11/8/2012 11:29:31 AM     (No. 8999536)

Ass wipes like Johnson ego maniacs that put self above country.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: zoidberg, 11/8/2012 11:29:35 AM     (No. 8999537)

The Republican debate organizers should get the blame for this, by doing everything they could to exclude Johnson from the debates. I'm not saying he would have won the nomination, but slights are remembered. And maybe there are some actual libertarians out there that really think he would have governed better than Romney.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: lostinmassachusetts, 11/8/2012 11:36:56 AM     (No. 8999560)

Too bad he pulled them from Romney, contributing to Obama's disastrous win. Johnson is a jerk of the first order. His narcissism far exceeds his intelligence and patriotism.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: GreatGreyhounds, 11/8/2012 11:38:17 AM     (No. 8999565)

Gary Johnson is just a taller Ross Perot...

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Reply 9 - Posted by: Malia2012, 11/8/2012 11:46:51 AM     (No. 8999599)

Gary Johnson = Punk-wannabe-spoiler of the first order. I hope he and his loser-followers sleep well at night. On second thought, no I don't. I want them wide awake to see what their low-down arrogance has done to this Country..

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bmw50, 11/8/2012 11:53:26 AM     (No. 8999628)

FTA: "Sad to say, the best-qualified presidential candidate in the race, this year — Gary Johnson - "

Best Qualified? Does time in office mean you are best qualified? Then explain why Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi are such idiots! Time served does not always equate to lessons learned.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Donna M, 11/8/2012 11:56:50 AM     (No. 8999642)

This kind of self-serving c**p is why, although intellectually I'm kind of libertarian in a 'live and let live' way and have little use for the Federal Reserve, I have no use for Reason, movement libertarians and most who write for it.

Those million votes would have put this election into a recount at least.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Donna M, 11/8/2012 11:58:26 AM     (No. 8999651)

I've seen Johnson speak several times on TV and found him whiny, weak and not exactly a guardian of individual liberty where it counts.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: thethirdruffian, 11/8/2012 12:00:10 PM     (No. 8999659)

Sounds like the Republicans should go back to their libertarian core and this won't be a problem.

Republicans trying to out big government Democrats is no choice at all.

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Reply 14 - Posted by: retiree, 11/8/2012 12:02:52 PM     (No. 8999670)

Wasn't Johnson in favor of legalizing Pot?

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Reply 15 - Posted by: tomishere, 11/8/2012 12:05:16 PM     (No. 8999674)

Thank you third part crowd. I believe we are stupider than democrats

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Reply 16 - Posted by: zoidberg, 11/8/2012 12:07:03 PM     (No. 8999681)

It's a testament to how deeply the entitlement mentality is entrenched, that Mitt Romney is considered entitled to the Libertarian Party's votes.

Recriminations are inevitable, but in the midst of the worst economy since the Great Depression, blame should be placed at the doorstep of the candidate who couldn't defeat the sorriest excuse for an incumbent since Jimmy Carter.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: SouthSanAntonio, 11/8/2012 12:13:33 PM     (No. 8999700)

I may sound like a broken record, but the Repubican Party, and our country, both died on 11-6-2012.

It's all a mute point now.

With 20,000,000+ new voters, all registered Demon-RATS, coming as soon as NØbama makes all the illegal aliens into US citizens, there won't be a red state left for Repubicans or Libertarians to make any difference in any more.

November 6th was a victory for those people who wanted to see this as a one party third-world cesspool nation. They won, and we all lost.

Any fantasy of there being ''correction'' elections in 2014 or 2016, where the Republicans take back the Senate and presidency, died in Ohio at about 10:30PM on November 6th.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: kanphil, 11/8/2012 12:34:27 PM     (No. 8999768)

Ross Perot lite.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: snapper451, 11/8/2012 1:45:28 PM     (No. 8999932)

What a waste of a human being!

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Reply 20 - Posted by: rubberneck, 11/8/2012 1:51:37 PM     (No. 8999947)

I tend to agree with #14... my hardest choice this election was between Romney and the Libertarian. (Since I'm Idaho, I knew Romney would have my delegates, with or without me. And the GOP has definitely evolved - in practice if not in rhetoric - leftward.)

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Reply 21 - Posted by: skedaddle, 11/8/2012 2:30:48 PM     (No. 9000052)

People who want big government will always vote Democrat so I don't see what good it does to nominate/elect Republicans who espouse somewhat-big government (Bush and Romney come to mind).

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Reply 22 - Posted by: Heraclitus, 11/8/2012 2:37:45 PM     (No. 9000080)

Writer from Reason seems to have lost his senses.

Why are there so many on "our" side who have such giant egos that they're willing to risk the Republic for their often (but not always) petty purposes?

The Dem/Left learns from such stuff. They keep their ultimate goal firmly in front of their eyes: POWER. That's it. They'll sort out the little stuff later.

In re: Dem/Lefties' ideology. actually pretty basic marxian clap-trapism.

The question to be posed again and again: Just what is our goal? To preserve Liberty. To save the Republic. To honor and live by the Constitution, as a "nation of Laws and not of men."

Howie Carr was trying to reason with a Ron Paul supporter. It proved impossible.

Every election, we have moved further on down the path to totalitarianism. The way back is extremely difficult. Just ask any emigre from communist countries.



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Reply 23 - Posted by: zjrog, 11/8/2012 5:34:39 PM     (No. 9000568)

Like #21, I voted for the Libertarian. Was he the better candidate? Not in my opinion. But as a resident of Utah, also, I felt my vote wouldn't matter otehr than to give a VIABLE third party more credence. I actually liked H. Ross Perot's stance on many things but couldn't vote for him since he is a quitter. I even gave the Green party a thought for my vote, since at least she isn't ugly. But can't stand her message. Now, if the TEA Party would break from the Rebubbies, they would indeed be a viable, well financed third party alternative. No pandering to outliers, and we won't have to hold our noses in the voting booth.

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Stopstoreload, 11/9/2012 1:36:01 PM     (No. 9002938)

In the words of the late Casey Stengel,
" Does anybody here know how this game is played?" We have here what is called a two party system. After all of the preliminaries are over, there are two major party candidates, and every voter should vote for the one of them who best represents his or her views.

Casting your vote for a third party candidate of whatever merit, your Uncle Joe, or your pet rock is stupid beyond belief, as is staying home without reason.

We weren't defeated by Democratic voters; we lost due to non-Democratic persons who didn't vote for the Republican. We are going to pay a frightful, enduring and demoralizing price.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: formerlyphelps, 11/9/2012 1:59:41 PM     (No. 9003022)

Ok – I’m wildly perplexed. One million voters cast ballots for Johnson. Where? I will guarantee you the vast majority of those ballots were cast in states Romney won. I could have personally cast 100,000 votes for Johnson and Romney STILL would have won my state. (For the record, I voted for Romney.)

Next, I predicted at the outset that if Romney lost it would be blamed on conservatives. We were told over and over that Romney’s route to victory was in his appeal to moderates and cross over votes. The conservatives would just follow along obediently, but were less important. (Remember the hot exchanges over Michigan primary?) Now we know that 11 million former -0-bama voters (“moderates”) stayed home. How is it that 1 million 3rd party voters are blamed for a +2 million vote loss, when 11 million voters actually targeted as the path to victory are not?

Please elucidate.

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