RealClearPolitics: Is Libertarian Gary Johnson the Wild Card in Fall Election?Submitted by Minarchist on Fri, 06/15/2012 - 18:43
Gary Johnson is not ideal, but the best hope for the liberty movement lies in his campaign.
Rather, he says, the Johnson campaign is all about waking up the electorate to the Libertarian movement.
“I’m not concerned about Gary Johnson becoming president in the 2012 election,” he says, adding that winning electoral votes is not what the campaign is plotting. Stone is trying to help Johnson get enough attention that he registers at least 15 percent in three national polls, thus becoming eligible to participate in the presidential debates this fall. He’s also working to get Johnson on the ballot in all 50 states and says that will likely happen, barring a possible hiccup in Oklahoma.
It’s all tied to getting matching funds from the Federal Election Commission to compete in future elections, because the Johnson team is certain once more voters are informed of Libertarian positions, large swaths of the electorate will swing their way.
Take Johnson’s campaign slogan: “You’re Libertarian, too. I’ll prove it to you.”
The premise rests on the belief that younger Americans are at a crossroads: They may be socially liberal, but they are fiscally conservative, and they don’t know whether to choose the Democratic Party in order to satisfy the former sentiments or the GOP to sate the latter. But in joining the Libertarian Party, they wouldn’t have to choose.
We MUST support this effort, or kiss all of our work good bye!