This post sort of reminds me of one I made several years ago about Ron Paul. I ran into Congressman Paul in the Commons House Office building in DC while visiting my congressman (Jay Inslee) and told Mr. Paul that if he ran for president, I would support him. He laughed and then punched me in the face while DC Police tazed me repeatedly (I made up that part) but I only meant it as a compliment because I liked him so much but I knew he was not really electable.
Even among his relative popularity (New York Times best seller list, on Jay Leno, huge rallies) it was more about educating people about the role of liberty in their lives and exciting people about things that make this country awesome....like true tolerance, personal freedom and responsibility, and uh...junk like that. But Ron is a congressman. He has never governed. While idealistic and provocative, some of his ideas don't always translate easily into action. People want action, which makes non-intervention a challenge when so much of the action needs to be rolling back the harm that has been done over the years.
Allow me to introduce to you Gary Johnson. Gary Johnson was governor of New Mexico for 8 years. He ran as a Republican in a state that is largely Democrat dominated. He governed in a border state and promoted immigration. He lowered taxes. He left the state government with fewer employees than when he started without firing a single one. He reduced the priority of enforcing silly and expensive drug laws. He's a normal guy that has to force himself to sound like a politician. He angered his own party and was called “America’s most dangerous politician”. He is a libertarian. For me personally I agree with Gary Johnson more than I do Ron Paul on a number of key issues.
Gary Johnson is interested in running for president. He has written a book and started a public advocacy committee which is customary when you're trying to raise your name recognition while pretending you’re not running for president. Sadly, with all the early primaries you have to prepare for the next election before President Obama and his family celebrates their first Christmas in the White House. So it has begun.
I plan to support Governor Gary Johnson for president if he decides to run and I don't care if he is able to win or not. Lots of people run, but only one wins. It’s been shown over and over again that many of those who lose, can make a larger impact than those who win.
I've already stated that I believe President Obama will be re-elected no matter what happens in 2010. For me, the important thing is to put someone on the national stage who can give America confidence in freedom again.