Gary Johnson Joke Even Less Original Than Initially Realized

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ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate featured the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
ORLANDO, FL - SEPTEMBER 22: Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson speaks in the Fox News/Google GOP Debate at the Orange County Convention Center on September 22, 2011 in Orlando, Florida. The debate featured the nine Republican candidates two days before the Florida straw poll. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) Photo: Mark Wilson/2011 Getty Images

Rush Limbaugh had it earlier in the day, but bumper stickers and tea-party rally signs had it two years ago. Johnson said a former Tonight Show writer texted him the joke a few hours before the debate. [Weigel/Slate, TPM]