Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson Sees Massive Spike in Online Interest

Bring on the media concern-trolling.

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Gary Johnson
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One of these things is not like the others. See if you can figure out which one:

A: A new poll from McClatchy shows Libertarian Party presidential candidate Gov. Gary Johnson getting more votes from the under-30 crowd than Republican Party candidate Donald Trump, a difference of 23 percent to 9 percent. Green Party candidate Jill Stein is also polling ahead of Trump (but behind Johnson) in the same demographic.

B: CNN's ratings saw a big boost when it hosted its second Libertarian town hall last week, getting more than 1.6 million viewers, beating not only the ratings for the previous Libertarian town hall but also the typical ratings for that time slot for CNN. It won the hour in ratings among cable news channels among the 25-54 demographic (though not in total viewership).

C: Gary Johnson has seen a massive spike in Google search interest. There are now more than twice as many people searching for information about Gary Johnson in August 2016 than there were in November 2012. Need an interest comparison? There are now twice as many people searching for information about Johnson than there were people searching for information about Sen. Rand Paul when interest in him as a presidential candidate spiked earlier in the year.

D: Gary Johnson received his first endorsement from a sitting congressman, Republican Rep. Scott Rigell of Virginia.

E: "Did Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson miss his moment?"

That last one is the awfully strange headline and short interview of John Stossell by Callum Borchers at The Washington Post. The interview was posted Sunday afternoon. All of the above information from A-D was readily available.

For reasons that mystify, Borchers has decided that Johnson's moment might have passed because CNN's town hall failed to beat Fox and MSNBC for total viewers, though it won the prime demographic and improved on the last town hall (both details of which are unnoted). Borchers describes Johnson's polling as "flat-lining," though that's not really accurate. A poll from Friday has Johnson all the way up at 12 percent, approaching the threshold to get himself into the presidential debates.

Really, ultimately it seems like Borchers' interview with Stossel is fundamentally about a complaint that the media isn't covering Johnson enough. Borchers uses the massive spike in news coverage that came from the Libertarian Party convention coverage as a baseline for media expectations and wonders why it declined. But one could also easily argue that the massive interest in the convention was a remarkable anomaly that happened because of public discontent in the two parties. A simple Google News search provides page after page of stories about Johnson. The Chicago Tribune just called for Johnson to be allowed into the presidential debates.

Regardless of whether Johnson makes it into the debates, there's little to suggest that his moment has "passed" based on such a thin arguments, but then I must admit my work here puts me constantly in the orbit of press coverage of Johnson. Read the interview here and sound off as to whether you think Johnson is getting a fair shake in the media (and whether that even matters).

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  1. Obviously it’s time for a series of articles on Reason that explain Johnson isn’t really a libertarian.

    I wonder if that would improve his poll numbers.

    1. It’s clear, at this point, that Johnson isn’t courting libertarian voters. First, there are too few of us to matter. Second, we’ve already decided whether he passes the purity test.

    2. I’m making $96 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $120 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I’m my own boss.
      Just working on the internet for a few hours.
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    3. I’m making $96 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $120 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I’m my own boss.
      Just working on the internet for a few hours.
      This is what I do.——————- http://bit.do/GvGO0

    4. I’m making $96 an hour working from home. I was shocked when my neighbour told me she was averaging $120 but I see how it works now. I feel so much freedom now that I’m my own boss.
      Just working on the internet for a few hours.
      This is what I do.——————- http://bit.do/GvGO0

  2. Someone at work the other day brought up Johnson, and said he was “scary”. I didn’t have the time or energy to get involved in the conversation, but I think the guy was serious.

    I haven’t been following every appearance he’s made, but Johnson strikes me more as “milquetoast” than “scary”.

    1. If that guy thinks Johnson is scary, then McAfee would have been perfect.

      1. +1 “wanted murderer”

    2. He should be viewed as sane. He was a mild Republican in a blue state.

    3. Liberals on my social media are ruthless in attacking Gary Johnson. The most common theme is that only white privileged white people who have the luxury of their white privilege and don’t need to worry about being hauled off in boxcars like women, minorities and gays will be under Donald Trump would ever consider supporting anybody but Hillary.

      It’s actually pretty hilarious.

      1. hauled off in boxcars like women, minorities and gays will be under Donald Trump

        Which would have some punch if they didn’t use that same argument against milquetoast Mitt “Massachusetts Moderate” Romney.

        And McCain
        And Bush
        etc

        1. It seems to be an effective tactic with young, impressionable and historically ignorant voters, though, which is probably why the educational establishment churns out so many of them.

      2. That was almost the same exact argument used to try to convince me to vote for Hillary — I won’t be the one to suffer, it will be my gay, Muslim, and women friends. Could I really “look [them] in the eye…” was thrown out there.

        But not everyone was buying it.

        1. You should have responded, “Yes.”

          1. That is more or less what I said, but in a more diplomatic way.

        2. “If Team Blue wanted me to vote for them, they wouldn’t have run a shitty candidate.”

      3. I hear this a lot too- that I “MUST vote for Hillary” to stop the evil Trump and the slaughter of minorities and women. I then remind them of her support for the killing of innocent Muslims by drone strikes, mass incarceration of blacks, etc.

        I am tempted to offer to trade my vote to the next one who tells me that I must vote for Hillary in exchange for a steak dinner and bottle of 15 year single malt.

        1. I like pointing out that your vote is statistically insignificant, and they have a better chance of winning Powerball then being the deciding vote.

          1. If it was 50/50 and my vote would tip the scales toward either Hillary or the Donald, I’d prefer to leave them tied. But that’s just me. I try to get people to laugh at how insignificant my vote is just to plant the seed for them to ponder later that perhaps their vote is insignificant too.

            1. I’d prefer to leave them tied.

              I am stealing that.

            2. Yeah in a discussion the other day I said something similar. If I alone had the power to choose between hillary or trump I’d commit hari kari 😛

          2. To which they reply: “If EVERYONE thought that way, then, then…”

          3. How about just the liquor then?

          4. Voting has generally always been more of a way to socially signal your team than anything else. Voting BLOCS are statistically significant, but not individual voters. If more people voted with their minds rather than with their feelings, we would have more than 2 dominant political parties. But no, they don’t.

    4. I had a coworker once who called Ron Paul “scary” in 2012. I didn’t delve into her reasoning, but since 90% of the folks I worked with were Republicans, I assumed it was because he didn’t want the USA to play the world’s policeman anymore.

  3. sound off as to whether you think Johnson is getting a fair shake in the media (and whether that even matters).

    Every now and then you’ll run across someone in the MSM who seems to have a passable understanding of what a libertarian is, and covers Johnson in a way that is a reasonably accurate portrayal of him, and asks questions that aren’t “when did you last beat your wife?” or a strawman construction. Anderson Cooper at the most recent town hall is a great example of this, including delving into how Johnson is far from a consistent libertarian.

    1. strawman construction

      It’s funny how that strawman always looks the same, no matter who constructs it.

    2. I give credit to CNN for doing round 2 of the Libertarian town hall.
      Seems like everyone else interviewed him once just to check off the box that they had covered the 3rd-party candidate. MSM gives him no oxygen when discussing the election “news” of the day

  4. Gary is going to be soon be experiencing a phenomenon that frequently occurred to me from the years 2003-2007, and that’s the Raven bump.*

    *TW: It’s a video from The View, so the crocodilian Joy Behar is present. Also, a couple of yammering clams who are not annoying, and my girl Raven actively supporting Gary Johnson.

    1. Raven says there’s a website you can go to if you want to learn about Gary Johnson. Let’s hope she didn’t mean this one.

    2. That was pretty damn good. I don’t know who Raven is but the Johnson campaign needs to partner up with her.

      But I laughed when the one lady described climbing the world’s tallest mountains as being something a “normal dude” would do.

      1. Number of people who have played in the NBA in the last 50 years:3000 and change.
        Number of people to summit everest: 4000

        1. You can buy your way to the top of Everest, but given all the recent tragedies and controversy that may change…

          1. You still have to do the actual climbing, unless you are Sandy Hill.

        2. Making both something that normal dudes don’t do.

          1. Yes. Percentages say that’s very rare.

    3. Damn Crusty, that was an amazing find. How on earth did you stumble across something like that? Or is watching The View just another one of those “my Strange Addiction/Secret Shame” type things? Not that I am judging…. I was actually so stunned by the whole thing that I had to watch the entire clip twice, which probably quadrupled my voluntary lifetime exposure level for that show in one sitting. ( Also thanks for the *TW: Joy Behar*, I think you really nailed that one.)

  5. I’m waiting for the SIV trolling comment.

  6. Gary, hey Gary, earth to Gary…

    Don’t mistake people coming to see the freak show with increased interest in voting libertarian. They’re coming to laugh, call you crazy, and remind themselves why they’ll never vote libertarian.

  7. Looks like Johnson is finally rising to the occasion.

    1. SCHWING!

    2. Don’t forget to give Johnson a fair shake.

      1. We’re all pulling for Johnson here

    3. I really think, now that Johnson’s polls are rising, he can penetrate deep into the electorate.

    4. Thank goodness, I came here for the jokes and at first thought you would all be too mature for me.

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  9. my best friend’s mom makes $74 an hour on the computer . She has been without work for five months but last month her payment was $19746 just working on the computer for a few hours. find more information …
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  10. It’s over 13 weeks from the election. A relatively large number of people are still entertaining the fantasy that they will vote for third party candidates because they don’t like the current picks of the duopoly. Nearly all of them will come around to voting for the D or the R and the third parties will likely end up in the low single digits…. again.

    I said it last week and I’ll say it again: only way Johnson gets more than 5% of the vote is if there are major defections the Republican Party to him. If Trump continues acting like a petulant 5 year old, getting into needless spats with anybody whom he feels slighted him, I could possibly see that happening.

    1. I’m optimistic that GayJay can get > 5% of the vote. Which is important per se.

      I’m also optimistic that there will be more defections.

      That and $1.50 will get me a cup of coffee.

      1. That and $1.50 will get me a cup of coffee.

        Where the hell are you getting cheap coffee?

        1. My Keurig.

          I mean, my coffee plantation staffed with orphans.

    2. He’s going to edge out Trump in the popular vote and win enough states to throw the election to the House, where he will become a compromise candidate. You heard it hear first, baby!

    3. We have picked up a few r’s.

      1. I know but they’ve been relatively obscure elected officials, local party committee members, some columnists, etc. I’m thinking sitting governors, senators, other high-profile elected leaders, respected party elders, and whatnot abandoning the Republican nominee en masse.

        It would essentially involve the destruction of the Republican Party this cycle (and perhaps forever) with the acute possibility that Hillary would romp to a 45+ state victory over a divided opposition.

        1. Which is why it’s not gonna happen. I imagine that’s why the establishment types are running this McMullin guy for President. That way Republicans who are #NeverTrump don’t have to hurt their Party long term. A one shot political campaign that goes away after this election is exactly what the Establishment GOP was looking for.

          I did see this story yesterday: http://www.smobserved.com/stor…../1713.html

          The story is undoubtedly not true, but I imagine it’ll be even less true now that conservatives have someone else to potentially vote for.

    4. If Trump continues acting like a petulant 5 year old, getting into needless spats with anybody whom he feels slighted him

      It would have been easy to rebut Khan without looking like an asshole. It’s like he’s not even trying.

      “I respect your family’s sacrifice. Now let me point out that my oppenent voted for the war that killed your son, not me.”

      1. I know. The Khan speech was probably the most memorable thing that happened at the DNC but everybody would have forgotten about it by the next Monday if Trump hadn’t decided to go ape-shit crazy on them.

        “Don’t I have a right to respond?” Well yes, Donald, you do have a right. It’s how you USE that right that people will judge you by.

        1. It was a trap. And Trump walked right into it.

          1. It wasn’t even a particularly subtle trap.

        2. Trump seems to test the limits of the idea that all publicity is good publicity. For a Twitter entertainer, his response to Khan was genius, but not for a presidential campaign. The last thing you want to when fighting the establishment is give them more sound bites.

      2. “I respect your family’s sacrifice. Now let me point out that my oppenent voted for the war that killed your son, not me.”

        Trump said both of those things. Of course, he said a lot of other stuff that crowded that out, and of course, CNN and company isn’t going to bother with anything that makes Trump look good.

        1. Trump’s sound bites are both a blessing and a curse to his campaign. During primary season, when the media establishment was pushing for his candidacy to make Clinton’s campaign easier, it helped for recruiting low-information primary voters. Now that the media is hunkering down, they don’t have the same effect.

  11. Johnson at 16% in Utah

    http://www.realclearpolitics.c…..est_polls/

    1. This’ll move some people I hope

  12. RE: Gary Johnson Sees Massive Spike in Online Interest

    This is why we need censorship on the internet. Too much information only confuses the untermenschen not only in their choice for political leadership but also why they should embraces the joys and benefits of a socialist slave state. Hopefully, Trump the Grump or Heil Hitllary will keep a more watchful eye on the internet once they start their regimes.
    We can only hope and pray.

  13. C: Gary Johnson has seen a massive spike in Google search interest.

    Search interest is actually twice as high when comparing August 2016 to November 2012. Search interest for August 2016 is about 10 times higher than August 2012. Hillary Clinton search interest is still over 5 times higher, though.

    1. I imagine that Gary Johnson’s interest is ‘good’ interest, though (i.e. ‘Who is this guy and could I conceivably vote for him for President?’) compared to ‘bad’ interest for Hillary (i.e. ‘Just how illegal was her whole e-mail set-up, anyways?’) At this point, just about everybody in the country knows who and what Hillary is, and have already made up their minds about whether or not to vote for her.

  14. Of course he’s not getting a “fair shake” in the media. Why would he? He has no money and isn’t buying advertising. The media has no monetary motivations in Gary Johnson.
    With that said, with all of the interest generated in him as of late, he just may be forcing the issue…

  15. Jesse Ventura. A 50 year setback.

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    ?????????
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  19. What are Johnson/Weld doing to get out there, to make news every 24 hour news cycle? Where is Johnson’s Major Economic Policy Plan/Speech to counter Trump’s?

  20. Hudson . although Henry `s article is flabbergasting, last thursday I bought a brand new Buick after having earned $7028 recently an would you believe ten-grand this past-munth . it’s actualy the most-comfortable job I have ever had . I began this 4 months ago and practically straight away started making a nice at least $83.
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  21. Ella . you think Victoria `s storry is astonishing… on saturday I bought themselves a Car after bringing in $7899 this – 5 weeks past and-more than, 10-k last munth . it’s by-far the best-job I have ever had . I began this 8-months ago and almost straight away started to earn minimum $77
    ?????????? http://www.factoryofincome.com

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