By Jerry Alatalo
t’s a sad day for supporters of former (yes… former) Libertarian presidential candidate Gary Johnson. After Mr. Johnson appeared on MSNBC and made clear he had no idea what or where Aleppo is, it becomes close to impossible not to perceive his run for president is over. To be honest, after a little more thought Gary Johnson’s presidential run is, without one iota of doubt… 100%… over.
And then there were three left standing: Clinton, Stein and Trump.
One’s first reaction to the shocking realization Mr. Johnson asked the question “What is Aleppo?” after being asked what he would do as president about the situation there was to consider that Mr. Johnson had intentionally destroyed his own campaign. It seems almost beyond the realm of possibility that one of the four remaining candidates for President of the United States would be unaware of Syria’s 2nd largest city, Aleppo – experiencing a major attack from Wahhabi/ISIS and other terrorist mercenary militias, and at the center of the world’s most destructive, dangerous military conflict.
It is reasonable to assume that Gary Johnson and his running mate William Weld will drop out of the election very soon, and that their departure stands to help Donald Trump more than Hillary Clinton or Jill Stein. For that reason, not only Gary Johnson supporters but Hillary Clinton’s as well are experiencing a bad day. Jill Stein supporters are likely feeling more optimistic because of the chance Johnson’s voters could turn to the remaining 3rd party candidate Dr. Stein in the “anti-establishment” election of 2016, along with an anticipated greater media exposure due to political attrition.
Like so many major U.S. elections in the past, it may take years to find out if Gary Johnson purposefully self-destructed or he really had no awareness of Aleppo, Syria. If one were a betting man or woman, and considering the almost reality-defying situation of a presidential candidate without knowledge of major foreign policy facts, one might become persuaded the best odds are wagering Mr. Johnson’s political demise was self-inflicted.
Call it the “September surprise” for good reason, because Mr. Johnson’s gaffe and imminent departure will significantly alter the composition and nature of the election in the remaining 60+ days. Until this point many around the country have weighed in and called for 4-way debates with Clinton, Johnson, Stein and Trump. After today Americans supporting open debates will find themselves calling for 3-way battles of ideas between Clinton, Stein and Trump.
One respectfully diverges with Glen Ford in the following short interview where he suggests Mr. Johnson’s campaign should focus on getting into debates as much as focus on the Aleppo public perceptions disaster. Gary Johnson and William Weld’s Libertarian Party run for the White House has ended. Mr. Ford may have come to this interview on short order without the time for fully realizing the truly severe nature of Mr. Johnson’s political injury, and the irrecoverable – fatal – damage it has done to their campaign.
Gary Johnson’s supporters will recover in the coming days after their candidate’s downfall. Just where and to whom they’ll redirect their support and votes is uncertain. One thing is certain, however… The 2016 race for President of the United States just became much more interesting.
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