When we left off, I hinted that 3rd party candidates were not a good option.
“But, I don’t like Democrats or Republicans. There ain’t a dimes worth of difference between them. I’m going with fill-in-the-blank”
Yeah, well “Fill-in-the-blank” is not going to win. Not it the real world. Yes, he will tell you he has a shot. The movies will tell you he has a shot. But, when the ballots are counted, in a statewide or national election, he will not have come close. The more local the election, the bigger percentage of the vote he will get, but it will almost never be enough to elect someone to a state or federal house or senate office.
“What about Ron Paul, the US Representative from Texas, or Rand Paul, the US Senator from Kentucky?” They are both Libertarians.”
Sorry, while they are certainly libertarians in their heart, they are both registered Republicans, which is how they ran and won their office. If they had run as Libertarians, they would have been soundly defeated. We are a two party system. Those who play in the third party sandbox, play with the children.
Once again. I’m sorry if that hurt. But, this is the way it works. Third party candidates don’t win; they just take votes away from one collation (Republicans) or the other (Democrats), and maybe get “the wrong side” in.
If you don’t believe me, just ask Al Gore. You remember him, right? Flashback to 2000. He is the Democratic candidate for president. On the other side is George W. Bush. The election came down to which way Florida went. Florida went to Bush.