We are just fed up with the two-party system. The Democratic Party, I think, has turned their backs on gay rights, marriage equality, their anti-war base, their anti-drug war sentiment. …Republicans are no longer the stewards of the pocketbook. Republicans are no longer good stewards of tax dollars.Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson • Giving a mission statement of sorts as he makes it official — former Republican candidate and governor of New Mexico, Gary Johnson has leapt over to the Libertarian Party to mount a third-party candidacy for president. Johnson was a popular governor in New Mexico at the time of his departure, and boasts a platform that was markedly unorthodox for the present GOP field (save the occasional overlap with Ron Paul, who Johnson endorsed in 2008). Should he gain any traction, a Johnson candidacy could have a scale-tipping effect in 2012, as the recent polling surge by Ron Paul illustrates a decent spate of GOP voters are willing to look at a different brand of conservative this cycle. source (via • follow)
it’s because he’s got such a rad name. Roemer, the former Louisiana governor, is one of the many Republican presidential candidates. But he wasn’t invited to last week’s debate due to low polling numbers. Too bad, because his tweets during the debate make him seem like a real hoot. While we learned that Bachmann thinks submission is “respect,” Roemer tweeted “Submission to an atheist must mean whips and chains. Good statement Congresswoman Bachmann.” Ice burn. Next time this happens, Buddy, consider having a Super Bowl-style party with Fred Karger, a candidate in the very same situation. source
» Everyone else is kind of in the middle: With Tim Pawlenty, Jon Huntsman and Ron Paul hovering around the $4 million mark, and Herman Cain around $2.5 million, all pale in comparison to the Mittster, who is unemployed. Newt, who raised $2 million, was saddled with massive debt as a result of much of his senior campaign staff leaving; he has just $225,000 in the bank, which is extremely low. Newt, this presidential thing isn’t gonna work out.
zophiamcdougal asks: I am going to be 18 in May, Can you simplify what the media is saying about the 2012 elections?
» We say: Honestly, it’s too early. Back in 1994, Clinton was in the dumps. And in 2008, Obama was on a high. In two years, everything changed. At this point, keep an eye outside of the two major parties; things are weird enough right now that a third-party candidate could do very well. Our money’s on New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally going national. Ron Paul, while still considered by many to be outside the mainstream, has gained a lot of new fans in the last two years and could shake things up. And if you want to see who’s probably going to run against Obama, watch Fox News – many of the likely major GOP candidates are on there (particularly Mike Huckabee and obviously Sarah Palin). Ohio Gov.-elect John Kasich proved that time hosting on Fox News can help you out. The wildcard right now, though, is the hostile weirdness in the Senate, particularly Mitch McConnell claiming that the GOP needs to stonewall for the next two years. (Last one, guys! Thanks for the help in making our first Office Hours a success!)