Do you recognize this candidate?

August 24, 2011

Blog Guy, I come to you for all my news about the 2012 presidential race.

Please explain this sentence from a Reuters story about a debate: “But Bachmann, Cain, Gingrich, former Senator Rick Santorum, Representative Thaddeus McCotter and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson all participated from sites across the country.”

What’s wrong with it?

Who the hell is Gary Johnson? Is he a candidate?

Ah. Good point. I don’t think so. I just Googled “Gary Johnson” and “corn dog” and didn’t get any matches.

Oh, wait! Turns out he IS a candidate! His Website says as the former New Mexico Governor, “Johnson is best known for his veto record, which includes over 750 vetoes during his time in office…”

Wow! New Mexico must have one really, really, really, really sucky legislative body, I’ll say that! So what does this guy look like?

I figured you’d want to know, so I sent a photographer out to some campaign stops. Here you go.

You’re the best, Blog Guy! Now I can put a face to the name!

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Top: Republican presidential candidate and former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson makes a campaign stop at Castro’s Back Room in Concord, New Hampshire August 23, 2011.

Right: Johnson listens to a voter after a campaign stop at a Rotary Club meeting in Concord, New Hampshire August 23, 2011.

Left: Johnson speaks at meeting of the Concord Rotary Club in Concord, New Hampshire August 23, 2011.

REUTERS photos by Brian Snyder

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The first photo suggests a lack of charisma. There seem to be five people in the room besides Mr. Johnson. It looks like only one might even notice that Mr. Johnson is even in the room.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I humbly offer a haiku:

Next year’s candidates
Competing for attention
They’re today’s non-news

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Apparently Mr. Johnson likes to run a lot since he got out of office. Can he go the distance?

Posted by FriscoJohn | Report as abusive

So the full list of Republican candidates is:
Herman ‘Pizza Guy’ Cain
Sarah ‘On The Fence’ Palin
‘Eye of’ Newt Gingrich
Michele Bachmann Turner-Overdrive
Mitt ‘Corn Dog’ Romney
Ron ‘Doc Holliday’ Paul
Tim ‘Land of’ Pawlenty
Jon ‘Bow’ Huntsman
Rick ‘Escaped from a’ Santorum
Thaddeus ‘Welcome Back’ McCotter
Gary ‘Duke of Earl’ Johnson

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

Nice try, Nosmo, but I think there are six or seven others you left off.

Oh, and Pawlenty is out already.

Oh, and you forgot Trump, whose candidacy is recognized by this blog even though he says he’s not running.

Posted by rcbasler | Report as abusive

@Nosmo: What about Rick “My anything is bigger and better than yours” Perry?

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

@Spin, say do you think Rick is related to Katy?

Posted by Nosmo_King | Report as abusive

@Nosmo: Rick is related either to Katy (whose voice is bigger and louder than that of others — like a Firework…) or to Commodore Matthew Perry, who liked to take naval ships to new territories and force his way in.

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

Spin, wasn’t he one of “The Commodores”? Didn’t they sing “I think I’m turning Japanese?”

Posted by DoctorDoll | Report as abusive

@DoctorDoll: The governor of Texas was in the Commodores? Who knew?

I think there is something in the air — or the vapors — about the song that you mention…

Posted by 69Spinster | Report as abusive

I don’t know who the hell former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is but that dude sitting on the couch looks totally familiar!

Posted by iflydaplanes | Report as abusive

The left side of the top photo reminds me of the lovely wall paper in Krasnoyarsk. Perhaps he’s a honey of a candidate.

If you just scan the blog quickly, you’d almost think there was a reference to Mr. Johnson having the runs to the commode. A steady diet of politics could do that to a person.

Posted by Onedoor | Report as abusive

Could this be the the bullpen of the to OE blog? Is that ladylala finally getting to her love of her life Lamar by the doorway? Is BG summoning the lastest presidantial canidate to his side for the “Offical Blessing”???? hmmmm pics at 11 if Lamar can be torn away from ladylala.

Posted by Wheelz2 | Report as abusive

Now that you mention it, Mr.Pilot, do you think that could be our very own BG stalking Mr.Jonson? Say, would he be related to the cracking fellow we know as”Toilethead” Johnson?

Posted by Shra | Report as abusive

Pic #2
White Hat Alert! Looks like Gary what’s-his-name is a member… or Manchurian Candidate! Notice the impish grin, the all-too-knowing look in the eye compared with the glazed looks in those other pics, it’s a plot I tell you:P

Posted by jclimacus081 | Report as abusive

@Shra, it could very well be Eugene “That Guy” Johnson!

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