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Kanye For President?

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Image Credit Kanye West is running for president and is on the ballot in some states. While his campaign is essentially non-existent, his political efforts have been supported by Republicans with the blessing of Trump. While this might strike some as odd, enabling Kanye is a clever strategy. The various lawsuits brought on his behalf seem to have caused some delays in the finalizing of ballots—and Trump is pushing to force a short deadline on the election. What is most important for the Republicans, however, is that Biden will lose votes to Kanye where he is on the ballot. While Kanye will probably not get many votes, it could be enough to either allow Trump to win certain states or make the election results close enough to allow Republicans to contest the results. As such, Kanye could help win the election for Trump. Kanye does not seem to be being used by the Republicans—he is on board and is presumably gaining from this in some manner. While one could discuss Kanye endlessly, my focus will be on two critical points that Kanye’s run move into the spotlight. The first is the matter of having a viable third party. While the United States does have numerous political parties, they are all but meaningless in terms of holding offices—the Democrats and the Republicans rule America and voting is largely a matter of deciding between the donkey and the elephant. Somewhat ironically, the third parties seem to often hurt themselves by focusing on the presidential races. They expend considerable resources that might have fueled victories at the local level—it would make more sense to build up to a presidential run rather than start there.  One possible solution, that has been suggested by others, is for third-party candidates to stop running for president for now. Instead, they should focus on building political influence at the local and state level. Once the third-party holds a meaningful number of local and state offices, then they would have a more realistic chance at. . .

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