How Gary Johnson Becomes the Next President of the United States

I know the chances are slim, but let’s break down how it’ll happen. If it happens.

In less than a month, millions of Americans are going to go to the polls and vote for either Darth Vader or Jabba the Hut. Which libertarians might find depressing, given that Luke Skywalker is on the ballot.

But Gary Johnson can’t win, right? It’s a wasted vote, right? Don’t be so sure. Getting the libertarian vote above 5% means equal ballot access and federal funding. Unlike the Republicrats, in every presidential election cycle the Libertarian Party have to waste more than half their time and treasure just getting on the ballots. And that money makes a big difference. Clinton alone is spending more on attack ads against Johnson, than Johnson has in campaign donations full-stop.

If you’re in a heavily Republican or Democrat state, voting for Gary Johnson makes it more likely that the partly of freedom and liberty have a bigger and better shot in the future.

It’s an unlikely situation that’ll almost certainly not happen. But I’m reminded that Donald Trump securing the Republican ticket was also an unlikely situation that’ll almost certainly not happen.

So here’s the thought experiment. Let’s have a look at the ways — and I know they’re improbable — that the former Govenor of New Mexico could be swearing an oath to defend and protect the Constitution come January 20th.

1. He Hits 270

Okay, so this is the least likely. But given his chances anyway, saying this is the least likely option is like saying Dopey was the shortest of the seven dwarves.

Typically, to become the president, you have to win 270 electoral college votes. Then that’s it. Game over.

Yeah. That probably won’t happen. But you know, I had to add it, right?

2. He Wins A State. Or Several

This one is also not that likely, given polling data. But there’s still time to go, and still many ways Trump and Clinton can turn voters off in a number of states.

If Johnson scores enough electoral college votes to deprive Trump or Clinton their required 270, then things get interesting…

3. Congress Decides To Feel The Johnson

So picture the scenario. Clinton has 267, Trump has 266, and and Gary Johnson has 5. (Let’s pretend he took his home state of New Mexico. Hey, the polls say he’s got a 25% chance as I type this.)

I’ve made those numbers up completely arbitrarily of course. But in that situation, Clinton has the most electoral college votes. It doesn’t matter though, because the college votes are now void. Clinton, Trump and Johnson will all be at the mercy of the House of Representatives.

The polls suggest it’s pretty likely that the Republicans will still control the House after the election. Though nothing should be taken for granted in this election cycle.

So how does this work? Well, Republicans hate Clinton. They just won’t vote for her. Or at least, I find that unlikely. The trouble is, they hate Trump just as much, if not more.

The Democrats in the House will all vote for Clinton. None will vote for Trump. Some Republicans would support Clinton, but very few. The rest will either support Trump (begrudgingly in most cases), or look for another option. Is there an option that both sides can be happy with?

Enter Gary Johnson. The two-term former Republican governor of a state that’s 2:1 Democrat. He’s promised to work with both major parties if elected. He’s a libertarian, sure. But he’s not an outright extremist. He’s someone both parties could work with.

The small number of Democrats who dislike Clinton could be pursuaded. And the large number of Republicans who hate Trump will see him as the answer to all their prayers.

In short, the House of Representatives could be the path to putting Gary Johnson in government housing for at least four years. It then would beg the question: what would four years of peace, prosperity and freedom look like? That’s for voters to decide.

It’s an unlikely situation that’ll almost certainly not happen. But I’m reminded that Donald Trump securing the Republican ticket was also an unlikely situation that’ll almost certainly not happen.

If you’re voting for the person you believe most qualified, don’t let anyone tell you that you’ve wasted your vote. A vote for Johnson in a state that’s evenly split between Clinton and Trump is very crucial. And a vote for him in a state that’s either deep red or deep blue can really help with ballot access and funding for the future.

So if you’re an American still wondering how to cast your vote, and are deciding who out of Trump or Clinton are the lesser of two evils, just please remember there’s a third dog in this fight.