@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 Funding is also an issue. The work being done in the campaign I am a part of is almost entirely volunteers. Other campaigns however are simply paying ppl to knock on doors, make calls, put up signs, run the campaign, etc. The problem is volunteers can only give some time (in between work, college, family etc) where as a paid person is "campaigning" 40 hrs a week
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