While still vying for the GOP nod last year, a CNN/ORC biweekly national poll released on August 29 showed Gov. Gary Johnson placing ahead of Rick Santorum and Jon Huntsman and tied with Herman Cain. With Johnson’s message finally starting to resonate and gain some much needed traction, he was admitted into Spetember 22’s Fox News Google debate and stole the show.
In fact, the next day Johnson was the most Googled name on the planet. All of this was apparently too much for the establishment press to swallow, and perhaps the RNC as well. Gov. Johnson’s name didn’t even appear as an option in another CNN poll, or any poll relevant to the GOP primary debates, after August 29. This was merely the beginning of a self-fulfilling prophecy, as Johnson became the subject of an arbitrary, rules-be-damned exclusionary process known as The Gary Johnson Rule (additional coverage here, here, here, here, and here).
Three months after the Fox News Google debate, Gov. Johnson officially ditched the Republicans on December 28 (maintaining the party left him, and not the other way around) to seek the Libertarian Party’s presidential nomination. Fast-forward another five months… Gary Johnson emerges as the Libertarian Party nominee, is consistently included in PPP’s polling (registering from 6-9%), and just took another crucial step toward being on the national stage this fall – thanks to Zogby and grassroots activism:
Thank you to all the dedicated Libertarians who have called and emailed asking to see their party’s candidate on future surveys of the presidential race. Rest assured, we will be including Gary Johnson as we move forward. Keep an eye out for the next survey to land in your inbox, and once again, thank you to everyone who participates in our polls.
Don’t look now, but it just might be ‘The Gary Johnson Rule In Reverse’. And with the help of running mate Judge Jim Gray, exploding watermelons, a giant peace sign made of people, and faces on Mt. Rushmore, Johnson is raising increased awareness of a viable alternative to the status quo.
Even though the political duopoly can take to the airwaves at will and rely on the mainstream media to keep them relevant, Gov. Johnson is gaining support almost completely outside the conventional campaign marketing methods. From YouTube videos, Yowie.com town halls, Google + hangouts, and op-eds penned by Johnson himself, the campaign is making the most of the social media phenomenon.
Johnson’s message of liberty, freedom, fiscal responsibility, and social tolerance is delivered directly to voters at a fraction of his opponents’ expenditures, with support swelling from the ground up. The goal is to reach at least 15% in the national polls, thus qualifying for the presidential debates. Once that hurdle is cleared (and judging by his last prime time debate performance), Johnson can turn the race on its head.
As he demonstrated last September, the people actually respond quite positively to a candidate that will level with them, treat them like adults, and truly outline solutions and policy prescriptions for the problems that ail the nation. Compared to the sound byte-heavy, substance-light dog and pony show perpetuated by the two-party system and establishment press, hearing the words “balance the federal budget now” is a refreshing change of pace.
Although there is still much work ahead of garnering the elusive 15% in the polls, early signs of ‘The Gary Johnson Rule In Reverse’ help move Gov. Gary Johnson’s candidacy forward.