Anndd…Mike Johnston Jumps the Shark

Mike Johnston jumping sharks

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Johnston “jumped the shark” over the weekend.

Johnston apparently “campaigned” for 24 straight hours from Saturday through Sunday as part of a publicity stunt meant to show that he has Bob Dole-level stamina, or something. What Johnston mostly proved is something that you probably already knew: There is no reason whatsoever to be campaigning at 3:00 in the morning (particularly when there isn’t sufficient media interest to gain any meaningful publicity from the attempt).

If you’re unfamiliar with the term “jumping the shark,” here’s Wikipedia’s explanation:

Jumping the shark is crossing the point at which something that was once popular no longer warrants the attention it previously received, particularly when attempts at publicity only serve to highlight its irrelevance.

Johnston’s campaign dutifully chronicled his 24 hours of “campaigning” on social media, culminating with a worn-out Johnston speaking to the camera from the front steps of his home in Denver. Here’s a brief look at Johnston’s asinine 24-hour campaign marathon:

15 Community Comments, Facebook Comments

  1. spaceman65 says:

    Well, at least after tomorrow he will have plenty of time to catch up on much-needed, if not much-deserved, rest

  2. DavidThi808 says:

    Would you rather he sat on his ass and gave up? No he's not going to win, but he's going down fighting so I say good for him.

    • Pseudonymous says:

      Fighting?  At 3AM?  For what? The best spot in the Taco Bell drive-thru for fourthmeal?

      There are a lot of things to admire about Mike.  His ability to uselessly campaign through the wee hours ain't one.

      The only thing that might have made this better is if he maced himself at the end.

    • MADCO says:

      ding! ding! ding!


      The Ds are apparently indivisible. Until they become divisible

      Mike Johnston is awesome. He was awesome in the last role, and the one before and the one before.

      I voted for a different candidate – but he’s awesome.

    • Voyageur says:

      Well said, David.   Never quit fighting while there is time on the clock.

  3. ParkHill says:

    I'm not quite sure that rises to the level (depth?) of jumping the shark.

    I get the feeling he is practicing for a future campaign. 

    • Pseudonymous says:

      Mike's never struck me as a guy who runs for practice.  He ran for Governor because that's what he wants to be.  He may decide, after he falls short tonight, that he also wants to be something else, but that's not practice, that's reevaluating what's possible.

    • Unitary Moonbat says:

      I sure hope not – Johnston did serious damage to the teaching profession in this state, and if he's never again let near the levers of power, it'll be too damn soon.

      That said, I think you're probably right – I'll bet he's already testing the waters for a Senate run in 2020 – but it would be best for Colorado's schools, students, and teachers if he would just quietly disappear into the world of think tanks and consulting firms and trouble us no more.

      • RepealAndReplace says:

        Johnston was my second choice after Polis. Cary Kennedy gets the bronze. She's far and away better than any of the four Republicans who are running. I'll vote for her in November if she wins tonight, but she's too much of a shill for the teacher's union for my comfort.

        • Unitary Moonbat says:

          After Kennedy, Polis was a strong second choice for me, and I'll have no problem jumping on his bandwagon to defeat Stapleton. Thankfully, I've been spared the quandary that a Johnston victory would've presented – I swore in 2005, before his political career had even begun, that I would never vote for him under any circumstances, and he's not done anything in the intervening time to convince me that I ought to change my mind.

  4. I'm a Jared-guy (Jared is family to me).

    But Mike is also my friend – we're both Eagle County boys. So I'll just say this:

    Did I seriously just read a post that criticizes a man for campaigning too hard? 

    I'm so damn proud of Mike. He's ran a very good campaign. He's young. He will be back (and I'll be excited to support him when he is). 

    • Pseudonymous says:

      Did I seriously just read a post that criticizes a man for campaigning too hard? 

      I think you read a post mocking Mike for executing a stunt as silly, although not as permanent, as getting a campaign tattoo.  Going out and raving for votes and bringing cops their morning joe are lovely, but neither requires 24 hours straight of campaigning.

      We all know Mike can grab a couple of Red Bulls and pull an all-nighter if the state is on fire.

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