I was originally going to write an article about the libertarian case for the UBI this month, as a lot of people have been asking me for it, but then Gary Johnson went and shit the bed in front of hundreds of thousands of people on televised news.
Personally, I don’t think the now-infamous Aleppo moment actually hurt him any, even though the mainstream news people certainly tried to act like it had. However, Johnson stumbled again recently when he was asked on Hardball with Chris Matthews to name a foreign leader he admired. Any foreign leader. From any country. On any continent. Johnson once again froze up and blanked.
Johnson has since argued (and very reasonably) that such trivia can be cleared up on Google in a matter of minutes by any layman, while the experience he holds as governor and the superior stances he holds in comparison to Trump and Hillary are things the press should actually care about. And I, of course, agree with the man, but here is the thing — I am a pragmatic thinker, and I know Gary Johnson is as well. It’s one of the reasons I like him so much as a political voice, because he’s bound to make more progress than most due to his ability to have conversations. And as pragmatic thinkers, Gary and I both know that principle alone will not win elections; only well-played politics can.
As such, Johnson needs to wake up and realize what this is a war. He is going to be treated unfairly. He is going to receive the gotcha questions. He is going to be scrutinized under a microscope everywhere he turns. It might not be fair on principle, but it’s the reality. And the only way he is going to win (and I mean “win” as in, get enough percentage of the votes to make a dent and be mentioned by the mainstream media in the election results) is if he starts playing on his A game every single day. That way, they can’t harm him. That way, they can’t just call him an idiot and brush him under the rug. That way, they will be forced to acknowledge that he is a true force to reckoned with. And that starts with rhetoric and persona.
Good luck, Gary. Don’t fuck up.
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