July 9, 2012

Election 2012: Barack Obama vs. Potted Plant

Speaker Boehner, in response to a guest at a West Virginia GOP fundraiser, said,

"The American people probably arenít going to fall in love with Mitt Romney. Iíll tell you this: 95 percent of the people that show up to vote in November are going to show up in that voting booth, and they are going to vote for or against Barack Obama."

"Mitt Romney has some friends, relatives and fellow Mormons ... some people that are going to vote for him. But thatís not what this election is about. This election is going to be a referendum on the presidentís failed economic policies."

This could be an effective strategy if nobody else were running. Nobody who, for example, promotes a clear policy of more freedom and less government designed to appeal to the influential Liberty Movement. Someone like that could attract pro-votes away from a GOP potted plant intent on collecting all of the anti-Obama protest vote. This could be especially important in western swing states like, Colorado. For team Obama it is AP to the rescue with a puff piece on the TEA party explaining why they should vote Libertarian.

The unknown, of course, is Johnson, who is working to ensure his name is also on the ballot in all 50 states. Paul supporters may very well desert the GOP for Johnson, especially in Western states where the former two-term New Mexico governor is better known. A June poll in the swing state of Colorado showed Johnson garnering 7 percent support, mostly coming from potential Romney backers.

Brian Doherty, a senior editor at the libertarian magazine Reason and author of a new book about Ron Paul, predicts that most Paul supporters won't vote at all for a presidential candidate, "which doesn't mean they're disengaging but that they won't give their support to someone they don't believe in 100 percent."

He and others take the position of McCobin ó that the election itself is far less important than effecting lasting philosophical change over policy and politics.

Sheer and utter madness. With Obamatax and Obamasityourassdownandshutup hanging in the balance of this election, any pro-freedom folks who vote for Johnson or don't vote are risking decades of Euro-socialism in America. If they think their chances are better with a third party in 4, 8 or 12 years than by co-opting the GOP now, a feat that the AP piece shows is already accomplished in Nevada, they are too stupid even for politics.

Dear Gary Johnson - Please take your ego and GET LOST.

2012 Election Libertario Delenda Est Tea Party Posted by JohnGalt at July 9, 2012 2:15 PM

I don't like to criticize my blog brothers, but this post belongs in "Libertario Delenda Est."

If it's not Governor Johnson it will be another. And considering how he lit up the electorate in the GOP Primaries, we're getting off easy.

The problem is Doherty -- and Matt Welch, and Nick Gillespie, and Veronique du Rugy, and ... All of them are way too cool to be pragmatic. And Reason will run a vicious hit piece on Gov. Romney every month until the election. One month will feature a cover story on Johnson with a puff piece.

Then next year, they will wonder how Obama won a second term.

Libertario Delenda Est!

Posted by: jk at July 9, 2012 3:45 PM

Mea culpa. Category suggestions always appreciated.

Wondering why you don't use "quote of the day" category?

Posted by: johngalt at July 9, 2012 5:49 PM

I don't want to "fall in love" with the country's leadership. The very notion is New Age gobbledygook. Can you imagine what Ike would have said if his campaign team reported "the voters aren't in love with you, General"?

I want someone to respect for their vision, persistence and mental toughness. If you want to be loved in Washington, talk to God, or your dog. :)

Posted by: Ellis Wyatt at July 9, 2012 6:48 PM | What do you think? [3]