Thought Of The Day. August 8, 2016

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Today’s Thought:

A strategy the Greens should have employed was nominating Bernie Sanders, irrespective of his wishes. A Sanders/Stein ticket would not actually require the acquiescence of Sanders, as voters do not vote for the candidate, but for electors who are pledged to vote for the candidate.

Considerable media attention would have been drawn to Sanders fighting to get his name of the ballot, while Stein would have been able to point out that she was actually the only progressive in the race, and much closer to Bernie than was Hillary.

Instead of the Greens being just a footnote to the 2016 election, such a move would have rivaled Trump in media attention.



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4 thoughts on “Thought Of The Day. August 8, 2016

  1. Fundamentally legally incorrect. The candidate must accept the electors. This is why in 34 states a candidate must submit paperwork even to be a write in. The candidate must accept the electors.


    • That a candidate must declare to be a write-in is not on point. As to a requirement that the candidate must accept electors pledged to him, I will defer to your superior knowledge, although I doubt all states and territories have adopted such legislation.
      The purpose of the proposed strategy was not to secure ballot position for Sanders, it was to create a media circus. To that end, the Greens could have nominated Sanders then sued those states where he would not be given a ballot line. Success would be measured in media attention, not political or legal victories.


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