Gary Johnson Excluded From NH Debate

(This is utter stupidity – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno)

I’m not a libertarian, neither the big “L” kind nor small the small “l” kind. Gary Johnson is someone that I have never considered supporting, and, unless hell freezes over, never will. But this kind of bothers me; Gary Johnson has been excluded from Monday’s GOP debate in New Hampshire.

I understand keeping candidates out once some basic viability thresholds are set, but it’s too early for that. Cain was a nobody before the South Carolina debate. Santorum is still a nobody, and Gingrich is on his way to becoming a nobody. People who have not even declared, like Rudy and Huckabee, have received invites, but not Johnson. Whatever you think about Johnson, he is playing by the rules.

He was a very popular and successful two-term governor. He is a committed, declared candidate doing all the things that he is supposed to be doing. He showed up at the South Carolina debate, when many other candidates ducked it. He has remained a loyal Republican, even though he has been courted by the Libertarian Party. This just bothers me. Dedication and playing by the rules should count for something at this early qualifying stage. Never in a million years would I think that I would be posting and linking a pro-Gary Johnson piece, but yeah. Something about this is just wrong.

Its a Republican debate, he belongs.


About swamp_yankee

  • i could understand excluding democrats from a republican debate,but johnson is a registered republican and should be at the debate.will make a call to the manchester union leader and get a reason.

  • Is that the debate sponsors claim to be excluding Johnson based on objective criteria, which Johnson has clearly met .

    A supporter made a clever idiot’s guide to help the sponsors find the legitimate polls by which he qualifies.

  • Ought to pay, out of pocket, for the debate, and then demand he be included.  Bonus points for that candidate if the moderator tries to exclude him, and gets a verbal beatdown.

  • Gary Johnson Wildly Popular At Home, Unlike Other GOP Candidates

    It’s impressive that a Republican can be so popular in a Democrat-leaning state after vetoing more bills than all other governors combined.  

  • Karl Marx

    to be a candidate. He was a governor for chrissakes!