If Republican Bruce Rauner loses the Illinois Governor’s race it is very likely that the Libertarians will bear some of the blame. The State Board of Elections rejected the Green Party candidates’ petition to be included on the ballot while approving the Libertarians’, a move challenged unsuccessfully by the Illinois GOP. Now the Libertarians are getting union cash to fund their ballot effort.
What is the goal of their campaign? To be seen. That’s it. There is no Libertarian candidate on any ballot anywhere who is actually making plans to hold an office. “Third party” candidates are engaged in a sort of political cosplay, dressing up to fulfill some weird political fantasy. Unfortunately, this is not a harmless hobby.
Third party candidates have long been viewed as a harmless outlet, giving voters a form of ‘none of the above’ option on the ballot. Ever since professional asshole Ralph Nader got George Bush elected President in 2000, attitudes toward these nuisance candidates have been hardening. Political polarization has led to some unusually tight and consequential elections, drawing attention to the votes siphoned away toward symbolic futility.
In 2012, Democrat Pat Quinn won the Illinois Governor’s race by just over 30,000 votes, less than a percentage point. The Green Party candidate drained away more than 100,000 votes while the Libertarian grabbed 34,000. A random millionaire “Independent” gathered 140,000. Democrats took notice.
This year, the left’s band of nuisance candidates have been systematically blocked from the ballot, giving Quinn a boost potentially worth a couple of percentage points. Meanwhile Rauner must still cope with a level of political vandalism eating into his numbers.
Third parties talk a lot about ‘democracy’ which is odd for organizations that never win enough votes to get elected to anything anywhere. They inhabit a category with door-to-door cult recruiters, email spammers, patent trolls and cold callers. They serve no purpose other than to promote themselves at the expense of people who are trying to accomplish something useful, yet they cannot be stopped.
Think this assessment is unfair? Ask a Green or Libertarian why they almost exclusively field candidates for top of the ballot races. A political group with a genuine interest in governing would start by finding winnable local elections and getting people into office. In other words, they would develop a ground game somewhere before running for President. Greens and Libertarians do not make any meaningful effort to compete in winnable elections because having their goofball candidates occupy an office would not bring a happy result for anyone.
Attention is all they are interested in. Libertarians and Greens don’t care if their actions benefit candidates deeply opposed to their interests or yours so long as they squeeze their fifteen minutes from the process. Libertarians and Greens deserve to be loathed because they are sanctimonious political vandals, monkeying with elections for publicity, distorting the democratic process to ‘make a point.’