Debate Commission Gets It Wrong on Johnson

Politico – The door is about to close on Gary Johnson. The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates has set a “mid-September” deadline for Johnson and the other third-party candidates to meet three criteria to qualify for the first debate later this month: “evidence of constitutional eligibility,” “evidence of ballot access” and “indicators of electoral support.” Johnson clearly meets the first two qualifications: A two-term former governor of New Mexico, Johnson is a citizen and older than 35 years of age. And the Johnson campaign said Wednesday that he’ll be on the ballot in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, meaning he’s eligible to win all 538 electoral votes at stake on November 8. But on the third qualification, Johnson falls short, and it isn’t particularly close. The commission says he must be polling at 15 percent in five major, national polls, “using the average of those organizations’ most recent publicly-reported results at the time of the determination.”

Despite a surge of support among the American people and a sky-rocketing national media profile, the Commission on Presidential Debates is likely to exclude Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson from the upcoming series of Presidential debates. This is the problem when a bunch of nerds who spent their lunchtime in high school in the “cool” teacher’s room get to decide who gets to participate in something and who doesn’t. Nevermind the fact that the “cool” teacher was actually a 35 year old fan of Magic: The Gathering who couldn’t find friends his own age. Gary Johnson was obviously pretty fucking cool in high school considering he’s a bad-ass jock who runs triathlons and loves to smoke weed and get high. No wonder the Steven Glansburg’s of the world don’t want him up on the debate stage, they’re probably afraid Johnson is going to wet willy them and shove them in a locker. Johnson blatantly meets all three criteria for participating in the debates, he is both constitutionally eligible and is on the ballot in all 50 states. On the issue of “indicators of electoral support,” the facts speak for themselves:

You think New Hampshire union leaders just give out their support to anyone? Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton spent weeks at a time attempting to win over New Hampshire voters and Johnson is still able to squeeze crucial endorsements out of the Granite State. Despite this groundswell of support from New Hampshire labor leaders, the Commission on Presidential Debates went on to further clarify the “indicators of electoral support” qualification to mean that Johnson must be polling at 15 percent in five major, national polls, “using the average of those organizations’ most recent publicly-reported results at the time of the determination.” Instead of relying on the will of the American public, the CPD is allowing a bunch of dweebs in the FiveThirtyEight basement to cook up polls dedicated to keeping Johnson out of the debate. Since the nerds at the CPD can’t get over the fact they couldn’t get a date to homecoming, they’ve teamed up with the only people on this planet who are bigger nerds than them, pollsters.

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Something tells me Nate Silver wasn’t exactly getting the ladies in high school, probably still can’t even get a girl to this day.

People can make polls say anything, one poll shows Trump at 42% while another might show him at 44%, statistically they are useless and can’t be considered when deciding who gets to participate. If the CPD really wants to see who they should include in the debates maybe it’s time they check their front porch.

The newspaper industry has never played a more prominent role in American life and has been able to rapidly keep up with the rise of the internet and other mediums of receiving information. These crucial newspaper endorsements are key evidence that Johnson has enough support from the American people to be allowed to participate in these debates. Americans deserve better than Lyin’ Hillary and Orange Donald up there slinging mud at each other, they deserve a candidate who is willing to get up on stage and stick to the issues.

 

 

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