Gary Johnson Debate Joke Propels Him To All-Day Trending

    September 23, 2011
    Josh Wolford

At last night’s Republican Presidential Debate, held by Fox News and Google, Gary Johnson had the line of the night if you ask his GOP counterparts.

During a question about job creation, the former New Mexico Governor delivered this zinger that might be the first poop joke to grace the stages of a debate in some time:

“My neighbor’s two dogs have created more shovel-ready projects than this President.”

Whether you agree with former Gov. Johnson’s assessment of the President’s performance or not, you have to admit that it was a pretty good line for a format usually bereft of any comic relief.

Here’s a clip of the joke –

This was Johnson’s first GOP debate this season as a candidate, and in a crowded field he is definitely fighting an uphill battle. But if you want to make a name for yourself quickly, it doesn’t hurt to become a highly searched topic on Google. And that’s just what Johnson has done – propelled himself into the number one search spot on Google all day today.

What’s even funnier is that he gave himself some love for his all-day trending on Twitter –

Check this out: 5 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

That linked to a Facebook photo of his name atop the trending list:

On a side note, Google trends is often times a place where you’ll see things that have no place together – like Gary Johnson, Cedric Benson and Frances Bean Cobain.

Apparently, there was a little controversy regarding Johnson’s joke from last night. As soon as he said it, some remembered that Rush Limbaugh had used a similar joke on his radio program. Johnson gave him a Twitter shoutout for the idea –

Re: the dogs, I understand Rush Limbaugh made the same point. Credit to Rush for a great and very true line. 16 hours ago via web · powered by @socialditto

According to the Huffington Post, Johnson said that a former writer for “The Tonight Show” gave him a bunch of one-liners for the debate – the dog poop joke being one of them. Johnson said he didn’t know that the joke had been used before.


Josh Wolford
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