Gary Johnson vs. Evan McMullin

Gary Johnson vs. Evan McMullin

I’ve had a lot of people asking me about Evan McMullin recently. Viewing both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton as unacceptable choices for president, it’s been widely known that I’m voting for Gary Johnson. Suddenly this McMullin guy burst onto the scene with his campaign readily acknowledging that McMullin’s only path to the White House lay in the very scenario I lay out in my book.

I want to cover two things here.

  1. Why I support Governor Gary Johnson over Evan McMullin.
  2. How McMullin has run a better campaign down the stretch.

 Why do I still support Gary Johnson over Evan McMullin?

Gary Johnson and his running mate Bill Weld are two former two term governors. They have executive experience. They have actually governed. To me, McMullin looks more like the guy you want as Chief of Staff or National Security Advisor than President of the United States.

There’s a bigger reason, though, that I support Gary Johnson over Evan McMullin. McMullin is clearly a Republican. If you’re an establishment Republican who loved the candidacies of Bob Dole, John McCain, and Mitt Romney, then McMullin looks pretty good to you. But I think we need something other than a Republican or a Democrat.

As a life-long Republican and political observer, for me, this is a strong case for Gary Johnson. Our two party system is broken. If Hillary Clinton is elected president, all Republicans will neatly line up against her. If Donald Trump is elected president, all Democrats will neatly line up against him. Presidential candidates are constantly touting their ability to reach across the aisle but it never happens. Republicans oppose Democrats. Democrats oppose Republicans. It’s just the way it works.

Because he’s neither a Republican or Democrat, a Gary Johnson presidency throws a wrench in the system. Even if you’re not comfortable with some of Johnson’s policy positions, you need not worry. If Gary Johnson is elected president, Libertarian positions won’t suddenly be the law of the land. He’s a wrench that messes with the Washington system, and I’m telling you, that wrench is desperately needed.

McMullin is not a wrench. He’s a Republican who’s not Donald Trump but the Democrats will line up against him just as neatly.

Johnson also differentiates himself from McMullin — and Trump and Clinton — as the pro-peace/anti-war candidate for president. McMullin will not differ greatly from the foreign policy paradigm of the past four presidents, and that’s the same paradigm accepted by Trump and Clinton. The foreign policy positions of Trump, Clinton, and McMullin are virtually indistinguishable, Trump just talks in more brash terms.

It’s safe to say that Johnson is the candidate for president, who, if America is to go to war, it will be because Congress declares war. That is, I should add, the way it’s supposed to work. That’s not likely to be true under Clinton, Trump, or McMullin. They’re war-hawks.

Gary Johnson is on the ballot in fifty states and the District of Columbia. McMullin is on the ballot in only eleven, and sloppily so. The name that appears along McMullin for Vice President is Nathan Johnson, but now the McMullin camp says that if he wins, Nathan Johnson will step aside and he’ll appoint a different vice-president, Mindy Finn. Achieving ballot access in all fifty states and the District of Columbia is no small feat — this is the first time it’s been done in twenty years — and it  shows a level of seriousness to the Johnson campaign that is lacking with McMullin.

Johnson has personal qualities that endear me to him as a presidential candidate. Although my athletic accomplishments pale in comparison to Governor Johnson, I understand a little bit about the determination it takes to achieve the type of things Johnson has, like climbing the tallest mountain on every continent in the world. I also appreciate his honesty and humility.

That’s my case for Johnson for president.


How Evan McCullin has run a better campaign down the stretch:

McCullin has one path to the presidency. It’s through Congress via the 12th Amendment. It’s the exact scenario I lay out in my book. Because he only has one path, he’s totally focused on that path.

Once it became clear that the two-party controlled Commission on Presidential Debates was using rigged polling data and that they would never allows a 3rd party candidate on the debate stage, the Johnson campaign needed to stop with this business of trying to get to 15% nationally. There is no national election for president. There’s 51 elections in the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The Johnson campaign needed to tell their supporters, “We’re no longer trying to win on Election Night. We’re only trying to keep any other candidate from getting an electoral majority to the election goes to the House.”

Instead, I get emails from the Johnson campaign about how if he gets just 5% that will be a huge victory because it will make the Libertarian Party eligible to receive federal funding four years from now. WTF? I don’t care about four years from now and I don’t care about federal funding for the Libertarian Party (which isn’t very libertarian, by the way).

Tell me you’ve picked five states that you’re trying to win and that you need my money and you need me to volunteer. Make clear what you’re trying to do. Keep Hillary and Trump from getting to 270 so the story outlined in my book can come true. Nobody wins on Election Night, the presidential election gets thrown to the House, and House Republicans jump ship from the Trumptanic.

I don’t know if there’s time for Johnson to correct course. But I know that if Johnson has run an effective campaign, nobody would be talking about this McMuffin; the window of opportunity that he’s gone through wouldn’t have been open.

Which makes me quite sad because I think Gary Johnson would make a fine president.


By the way, if you enjoyed this article, consider checking these out:

Why Abraham Lincoln would tell Gary Johnson to grow a beard. This one goes into the coalition Johnson needs to build to move us beyond the Republican vs. Democrat paradigm. Also, The George Washington Case for Gary Johnson is on Washington’s Farewell Address and his warning against political parties and foreign entanglements.



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