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Little known?

Former NM gov is little known but has big ideas

Obviously, I’ve paid more attention to him because I’m involved in drug policy and his views are favorable to drug policy reform, but I find it odd that he’s known for being unknown. Is it because of the echo chamber of the cable news networks?

There’s something really wrong in public discourse when, from a political perspective, Sarah Palin is well known but Gary Johnson is little known.

And I agree. Johnson is a “legitimate long-shot candidate.”

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11 comments to Little known?

  • kant

    well in all fairness palin is a media whore whereas johnson isn’t.

  • while not a palin supporter myself, based on her previous comment referring to Ron Paul as “cool” and a “good guy”, I think that a palin/paul ticket in 2012 would be a good thing.

  • Windy

    I’d rather see a Paul/Johnson or Johnson/Paul ticket. I’d definitely vote for that, but I wouldn’t vote for any ticket with Palin on it, as kant said, she’s a media whore and her “principles” are far too theocratic for me.

  • Ripmeupacuppa

    Johnson/Corry

  • ezrydn

    Gary Johnson (45) and I’ll bet he even has a birth certificate we can all see.

  • kaptinemo

    Then-NM State Governor Johnson holds a major distinction of being able to bring the then-head of the DEA, Asa Hutchinson into a debate. (Needless to say, Hutchinson foundered against someone who knew his facts.) Sadly, the very next day, we had 9/11.

  • Dante

    Gary Johnson for President!

    ’nuff said.

  • I don’t think Johnson can win though clearly he is the right person. The reason I would like a Palin/Paul ticket is that the neocons love Palin – she would be the darling and Ron Paul would be the brains.

  • Rev. Run

    This is beyond stupid. The guy was the GOVERNOR of a state. It may not be the best-known state but it is in between two of the fastest growing regions of the country (the Mountain West and the desert Southwest). And he served two(2) terms in a state that traditionally leans Democratic!

    By contrast, Sarah Palin was the ½ term governor of a remote, sparsely populated state that basically bears more resemblance to the Canadian wilderness/Arctic tundra than any part of the U.S. (Granted, Obama’s Hawaii is weird, too.)

    Damn world is crazy.

  • paul

    On the whole, the media would like to ignore Gary Johnson. His policy ideas are not the sort of thing the L.A. Times editorializes for, so they’ll focus on the most boring or crazy republican candidates and try not to cover Johnson too much.

    The good news is (as Reason recently put it), the media’s power to ignore candidates ain’t what it used to be. Traditional media and the Republican party elite DESPISED Ron Paul, just detested him, but the internet made it impossible to totally ignore him. Their power in the 2012 election will be even weaker.

    It is also possible this will next election will occur during a time of extreme economic crisis. Our debt problems are very serious and probably incurable. People may decide it is time to ditch the main stream candidates who led us into this mess, so maybe we’ll catch a break this time around.

  • Duncan

    The very best thing about Mr. Johnson is that if he gets the nomination it will mean that Ms. Palin didn’t.

    But it’s all pointless speculation. There’s no way Mr. Obama won’t be reelected by a landslide even more impressive than Nixon’s after he catches bin Laden in June of 2012.

    Then there’s the weirdness that when a lot of women refer to ‘Mr. Johnson’ that they’re not talking about a politician.