Shrewd Third Parties Should be More Like Startups

Why I won’t vote for them until that happens

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Third-party presidential candidates are not taken seriously — and they shouldn’t be.

Niche it up a notch

As the former Speaker of the House, Tip O’Neill, said: “All politics is local”.

Have an “exit” strategy

Avoid the winner-take-all

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Nader brought the Green Party fame, but the winner-take-all rules likely mean that Nader’s success hurt his voters’ overall goals.

Once in office, your candidate can bargain. Elections may be winner-take-all, but legislation isn’t. Dealmaking is a cornerstone of the legislative process.

Final thoughts

Unless you truly cannot choose between the two major-party candidates, voting third party in the presidential election is a terrible idea.

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