Why third parties should stop running candidates for president

This is hilarious. The Washington Post, the voice of the deep state/neocon/tech-oligarch/totalitarian humanist alliance, claims their guy should be able to win without bothering to actually compete with other candidates.

By Paul Waldman

Washington Post

If you had to pinpoint when third parties reached the height of their influence in modern U.S. presidential politics, it would have to be 2000, when Green Party nominee Ralph Nader received more than 97,000 votes in Florida, far more than George W. Bush’s 537-vote declared margin of victory. Which, given everything that happened over the subsequent eight years, was not exactly something to be proud of.

Though the effect was not quite as stark, in 2016, Green Party nominee Jill Stein received votes in Michigan, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania that exceeded the margin by which Donald Trump beat Hillary Clinton in each state. This year, we’re hearing less about the third parties, which have run into some trouble of late.

But this election — in which a vote for the Greens or the Libertarians has become almost impossible to justify — might lead them to reconsider their role in presidential politics.


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