Ka-pi96 said:
coolbeans said:

Considering how "option" is clearly defined and is not contingent on one's chances of winning?  Yes, you can.  This principle you're suggesting can only lead to worse outcomes.

Plus, I just find it ironic to see anyone (here or elsewhere) display actual glee behind this decision when they're incredibly likely to use "anti-democratic" as a cudgel when gauging the morality of other political decisions.  That's disregarded the moment it's inconvenient to you.  It's like your candidate has a birthright to another's protest vote just because this is--once again--the most important presidential election of our lifetimes and I don't want to hear about 3rd parties.

See above. I'm not suggesting anything. Just mocking the broken electoral system.

I see.  Still a strange *way to go about that, but whatever.

Yeah, yeah.  Although I empathize with some of the bigger comments on here that've dissected systemic issues with winner-take-all, I'm just tired of that being a "well...guess I gotta get with the program then."  I'm just not quick to care about wider policy solutions in this respect when seemingly no effort has been made with the cards we've been dealt.  Reaching for the independent votes isn't a fools errand all by itself.  Even reaching 5% of the vote nets you "minority party" status with the FEC, resulting in their next run's nominee getting a lump sum of cash.  Even if it's not much $$$ on hand, the concomitant effects from that could actually get them on national stages and make them publicly known.

Someone may find these types of results pitiful.  Whatever.  But it's objectively not nothing either.  This ruling seems to further harm the hand Americans have been dealt. 

Last edited by coolbeans - on 15 September 2020

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