@linuxpaulm We have very ineffective third parties here, sadly. And they often don't run for every office either.
@linuxpaulm And I'm not even talking that they don't win elections (which is true). I'm talking that
a) their presence is very much invisible. they don't make themselves known at all
b) they don't apply any kind of pressure on the big two parties
c) while the 3rd parties themselves are fine, the specific people that run under the 3rd party banner tend to be...well, undesirable people that you definitely do not want in office.
@matt @linuxpaulm 3rd parties also do not have the decades of data collection, experience, and advice backing them. From the inside of a campaign it is amazing to see the amount of data, tools, and expertise that are provided by the two major parties. I have not gotten involved before and as such there are a lot of things that seem counter intuitive to do, but when explained kinda make sense. Thus experience and expertise make a huge difference.
@matt @linuxpaulm A lot of it for better or worse is actually not wanting to invade privacy of voters, in addition the data collection apparatus encompasses not only public records but is also hooked into massive data farms (think lexus nexus) and social media, that data is then fed through ML/Algorithms to allow micro targeting. Quite frankly the only thing that would rival it I'm aware of would be the CIA/NSA.
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