Like many people, I’m just stunned at how devastatingly poor the choices for leader of the free world (questioning how free it will be?) are right now. If only there were another option–and there is. Gov. Gary Johnson is the Libertarian candidate, and he’s polling ten times higher than he did in 2012.
The only reason I wouldn’t immediately endorse and support Johnson is that he’s solidly pro-choice. I don’t care that the Libertarian Party is a cluster of nuts with a chewy nougat center. I don’t care that running mate Bill Weld was far left enough to win the governor’s office in the People’s Republic of Massachusetts. Johnson would be a far less dangerous, and far more competent president than either Clinton or Trump.
I suspect I’m not the only person who feels this way.
But you don’t hear anything from Johnson, because he’s so bland and predictable. He’s unflavored gelatin, or plain yogurt. Yet he’s polling over 10 percent because the other two options are candy-flavored dung pellets, or poop M&M’s (take your pick).
If only Johnson set aside his personal Libertarian credo for one issue–abortion–and came out as a pro-life candidate who will appoint pro-life justices, he’d have my vote. He might gain 20 points in the polls practically overnight.
That would put him within 10 points of Trump and Clinton, and squarely on the debate stage. I think Johnson–as wacky as he is at times–could make a positive impression on the national stage. He might take enough states (Utah and New Mexico, for instance) to throw the race into the House of Representatives.
The House, as insane as they’ve been for Trump, would have the chance to put Johnson in office precisely because he’s a known quantity in the Republican Party and would preserve some stability for our country while keeping Clinton out.
So the question is: Does Gary Johnson want to be president? Or does he want to make Libertarians great? One pledge to be a pro-life president is all it would take. Consider it, Gov. Johnson.