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
Comments: 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.
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.
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..
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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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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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.
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.
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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.)
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