Now ya’ll know I worked for a statewide third party back in 2016, and I rolled with a lot of our supporters who were all over the map politically. Some of them were Never Trumpers happy to vote for Johnson/Weld. Others were burned out Berners happy to vote for Stein or even Trump. Others still wrote in candidates or stayed home. We welcomed them all, because we wanted to stay on the ballot and we hoped they would support our down ballot candidates. I respect that they feel disenfranchised by the two party system.
These people have a point that the game and even the law is rigged in favor of the two party system. The Democrats and Republicans are grandfathered in as valid party registrations while the minor parties need to enroll or re-enroll their members every election cycle or hit 3% in a statewide election. That’s a high burden when you’re chronically underfunded and relying almost entirely on dedicated volunteers to get the job done. I would love for a viable statewide Green party to elect climate hawk legislators to push our reluctant Democratic super majority statehouse on climate. I would love for the centrist or libertarian remnants of the New England GOP to seceded from their Dixiecrat nationalist counterpart. The Progressive Conservatives (not an oxymoron up north) have done as much in Atlantic Canada, and they are a model for what a regional third party could do here. Fun fact: Multiparty democracies tend to be more stable and less likely to descend into authoritarianism. Fun fact: America is NOT a multiparty democracy and won’t be by 2020.
These are all reasons why I support Ranked Choice Voting and encourage the rest of you to do the same. It’s a cooperative rather competitive form of politics and would allow third parties to mature and govern in coalition with the major parties, as they do in places like Germany. Until that day happens, I will oppose third party presidential politics. They helped result in President Bush and President Trump. They will help re-elect him today.
So no Tulsi, stay home. Glad to see you won’t be in Congress anymore. Andrew Yang, stay in the game, but if you lose, back the nominee instead of backing Trump which is all a third party run would accomplish. Never Trumper who worries about Warren and hates Trump? Vote for Weld in the primary. Perfectly good dude. Then follow your homeboy David Brooks and vote for Warren or whichever Democrat wins the nomination. Want viable third parties? Back ranked choice. Want a President who follows the law, respects all races, and is competent on foreign policy? Vote for the Democrat.