Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Post-Election News: Gary Johnson breaks all-time record for the Libertarian Party, still not happy about his showing

by Eric Dondero

When I served as Ron Paul's travel aide in his 1988 Libertarian Party presidential campaign, the now defunct American Libertarian publication asked us Paul staffers a week before the election, what would constitute victory in our minds.

We all responded pretty much anything over 1 million votes. I was quoted as hoping for 1.5 million.

The Libertarian Party was founded in 1971. The Party has run 11 presidential campaigns so far. The highest vote total ever achieved was in 1980 with Ed Clark and billionaire David Koch as his running mate. They made the ballot in 50 states and got 922,000 votes.

Ron Paul and his running mate Andre Marrou achieved 432,000 votes in 1988. We were all severely disappointed, including Ron's son Rand who was especially active in the campaign.

All the totals are not in yet, but Gary Johnson received at least 1.2 million votes. It could end up being over 300,000 more than Clark/Koch.

But still Johnson's not happy about it.

From Reason interview, "Gary Johnson May Be Done With Politics":
“If there’s no path to winning I’m really not” interested in pursuing another run for the presidency. “I’m not interested in duplicating what I’ve just done,” Johnson said via telephone from his home in Taos.

On Election Night, Johnson became the first Libertarian Party presidential candidate to receive more than 1 million votes in a presidential election — something that the national Libertarian Party leadership said it was “thrilled about” — but the former two-term governor of New Mexico said, “I was kind of disappointed” in the showing.

“I thought the numbers would have been higher,” Johnson said.
The national Libertarian Party leadership is correct. Gary Johnson is wrong. A 1.2 million vote total is astronomical in Libertarian Party terms. 11 presidential campaigns in over 40 years, and he's #1, by far. The former New Mexico Governor needs to get a little perspective here.


Ruleroftherealm said...

We needed 5%. We didn't get it. There is nothing for which to be excited. We have not succeeded in ending the two-party duopoly.

mitsukurina said...

Do you not see anything ironic in a libertarian party seeking federal government funding?

Will "take no prisoners" Hart said...

I'm a moderate and I voted for Johnson because I saw him as the legitimate anti-war, anti-torture, and anti-cronyism candidate. I also liked the fellow for his experience and integrity.