Some people listen to music that pumps them up while exercising. I listen to podcasts of public radio shows. Earlier this week I went running and heard the May 21 episode of Wait, Wait, Don't Tell Me — which featured 2012 presidential hopeful, Republican Gary Johnson, in the "Not My Job" segment.
Now, I don't know a whole lot about Gary. My first introduction to him was a mention in a Reason article a couple months ago. Then I saw him in the Republican candidate's debate earlier this month. He struck me as a likable guy, at least as far as my libertarian sensibilities lie, but how much can you really get to know a guy during a debate?
Hearing Gary on Wait, Wait..., I was quite impressed. Beyond the obligatory mentions of his entrepreneurial and physical prowess, he comes across as confident and self-effacing. He had no problems laughing at himself when it took him three tries to get a correct answer to one of the questions. Even his willingness to appear on a show which undoubtedly has a large following of people who are likely opposed to many of his ideas. I think the only thing that would've made Gary's appearance better is if P. J. O'Rourke was on the panel.
Don't get me wrong, Johnson didn't woo me away Ron Paul. But he got me thinking that if Dr. Paul pulls out the nomination, Gary would make a damn good running mate. Just sayin'.