Today, 08:04 PM
You said it yourself, Johnson only got media attention because of his poll numbers. Why is he getting those numbers? Because Hillary and Trump are 2 of the most hated nominees ever(?). Johnson hasn't done anything to gain that attention other than not being Trump or Hillary. In fact the only attention Johnson has garnered on his own as of late has been negative (mostly due to his VP pick).
Do I think Austin Peterson would get that attention if he won the nomination? Yes (if not more), he's already gotten multiple endorsements from conservative media, he's closer to Rand/Ron, Amash, Massie etc. than GJ. He has much greater appeal to the anti-Trump folks and can also appeal to the anti-Hillary people. He is much more capable of articulating his ideas than GJ. etc.
You keep downplaying Austin Petersen but why is he seriously challenging GJ? If GJ was as great as you portray him as then this wouldn't even be a discussion.
But hey Austin Petersen doesn't have a Wikipedia page...