The L.A. Times laments that this Thursday's planned Fox News/South Carolina Republican Party GOP candidate debate is only attracting Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty among the "top tier" candidates (whoever that is in this time many months before any votes have been cast.) The others who are in: "former Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul of Texas, restaurant executive Herman Cain and former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson."

The good news for the libertarian minded is this should give Ron Paul and Gary Johnson a chance to shine brighter on what one hopes is a national stage that will get big attention.

Unless, of course, the press decide that it doesn't matter if we talk about what these guys say because no one is interested in them, because we never really talk about them to arose any interest, because....you see how this works.

**Fixed from inaccurately stating the debate was Friday.

**And I had not yet read that Matt Welch blogged the same story right under me.