Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Failed Libertarian Party Presidential Candidate Gary Johnson: A poster child for the anti-legalization [marijuana] movement

Let me apologize beforehand. Oh Lord, I’m sorry. I promised not to write another article critical of anyone. But like my arch-nemesis, Donald “The Don” John Trump, I cannot help myself. Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson is an irresponsible bumbler; a kinder, gentler Trump in his utter lack of curiosity about geopolitical affairs. The affairs, matters of war and peace, that an American president can expect to confront immediately after being elected and sworn into office.

For the second time Johnson’s showed himself not to be a viable and, more troublingly, serious third-party candidate. Syndicated columnist David Shields said Johnson “set back the cause to legalize marijuana” in a tongue-in-cheek crack aired on the “Analysis of Mark Shields and David Brooks” segment of PBS’s “Newhour” this evening.

MSNBC’s Mike Barnicle asked Johnson how he would handle Aleppo, Syria as president in an interview that aired on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” Sep 8, 2016. Johnson infamously responded, “And what is Allepo?”

This time it was MSNBC’s Chris Matthew. "Who's your favorite foreign leader," Matthews asked Johnson in an interview that aired on Wednesday evening. Seemingly dazed and caught off guard by the routine presidential campaign question, Johnson was unable to name one world leader more or less one he admired. This is Johnson on Wednesday:

Chris Matthews: "Who’s your favorite foreign leader?"

Gary Johnson: "Who’s my favorite—"

Chris Matthews: "Any. Just name anywhere in the—any one of the continents, any country. Name one foreign leader that you respect and look up to. Anybody."

William Weld: "Mine was Shimon Peres."

Chris Matthews: "No, no, OK. I’m talking about living. Go ahead. You’ve got to do this. Anywhere. Any continent. Canada. Mexico. Europe, over there. Asia. South America. Africa. Name a foreign leader that you respect."

Gary Johnson: "I guess I’m having an Aleppo moment in the former—former president of Mexico."

Chris Matthews: "But I’m giving you the whole world!"

Gary Johnson: "I know. I know. I know. I know."

Chris Matthews: "Anybody in the world you like. Anybody. Pick any leader."

Gary Johnson: "The former president of Mexico."

Chris Matthews: "Now—which one?"
Gary Johnson: "I’m having a brain—I’m having a brainfreeze."

Chris Matthews: "Well, name anybody."

Johnson was having more than a “brainfreeze.” He was addled. History favors the prepared, though. If ever we needed a competent bench player, a credible third-party candidate because the team starter and relief had become disqualified, it is now. But Johnson failed to seize the opportunity, not necessarily for the Libertarian Party, however. But for all third-party candidates that follow. This is why Johnson’s stunning incuriosity of world events and abysmal lack of preparation for the office he is running to assume is especially distressing.

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