One of the biggest lessons from the 2004 presidential election when I worked on the Badnarik campaign was that wasted vote syndrome is alive and well. Every election, Libertarians, Greens, and Constitutionalists are praised for their principles, but warned to save it “for the next election.” In recent years, the strategy of Republicans and Democrats to lock out third party candidates is to stress that this election is “too important to lose.” All the while paying either ignoring the greivances of third parties or paying token lip service to them.
Ignore for a moment the plethora of alternative voting methods which promise to break us out of the two-party duopoly, yet lose steam as soon as the elections pass. Instead, focus on how candidates can overcome the media labeling that naturally comes with being the “third choice.”
Use the comments to talk about what kinds of messages third parties should be sending in order to defang the wasted vote and spolier candidate syndrome that haunts them.