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My contempt for people who spend energy on so-called ballot reforms such as ranked choice voting knows few bounds. I guess it’s necessary since people have to have their special feelings stroked when they cast a ballot but that doesn’t lessen my contempt. All that work to get ranked choice voting in Maine–energy that might […]

The Centrist Fallacy

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On January 31, 2019

Now that Jamelle Bouie is a columnist at the Times, the overall quality of the paper has improved by precisely 31.9 percent. His analysis of third party runs in American presidential politics demonstr

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John Anderson

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On December 6, 2017
I suppose it’s worth mentioning the death of John Anderson. As someone who has thought a good bit about vanity third parties presidential campaigns, largely with pure contempt for them and the people who vote for them, none have made less sense to me than Anderson in 1980. It’s true that I have never studied […]

Tattoo Politics

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On October 20, 2016

This is shooting fish in a barrel, I know. But I could not let this insipid Vox essay by a young Jill Stein voter go unmentioned. It’s hard to say why so many millennials are voting third party. Amo

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My consistent position on third parties is that they are a counterproductive waste of time because a) there is no room in the American system for third parties, b) we have 200 years of political history to demonstrate point A), c) that they are more likely to hand elections to right-wing candidates than pull the […]
My criticism of most 3rd party political campaigns are well known. I see them, personified by the Nader campaigns, as quixotic attempts every four years to show left-wing anger with the Democratic Party but completely lacking any legitimate political strategy, movement-building skills, or long-term plans. They appear and disappear and nothing happens during the election […]
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