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Madam45for2923

(7,178 posts)
Sat Oct 1, 2016, 09:58 AM Oct 2016

WaPo: Both third-party candidates would be terrible presidents

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And his bonkers comments arguing that man-made climate change is real but that there’s no point in trying to stop it because “in billions of years, the sun is going to actually grow and encompass the Earth.” Or the time he high-fived George W. Bush about the fact that neither of them knew anything about anything. “Not one thing,” Johnson recounted proudly, when introducing his fellow anti-egghead at a rally. Johnson’s campaign tries to spin such ignorance and anti-intellectualism as proof that he’s “a real person.” And it’s true, he is a real person — just one who happens to be unprepared for the presidency.

So what about Stein? In brief: Despite being a medical doctor who knows better, she’s pandered to anti-vaxxers; expressed strong stances on high-profile issues, such as Brexit, only to abruptly reverse herself without explanation; and (along with running mate Ajamu Baraka) trafficked in conspiracy theories, among other disqualifying behaviors.

And independent latecomer Evan McMullin? (Who?) The most memorable thing he’s done thus far in the election is to accidentally pick the wrong running mate. These candidates have received relatively little media scrutiny, let alone attacks from competitors. This allows many Americans to think of them as the purer choices for the presidency. If all the mudslinging misses them, their feet of clay go unnoticed.

Which is precisely why they probably haven’t felt the need to do their homework. If you give them your precious vote, you haven’t done yours, either.


https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/both-third-party-candidates-would-be-terrible-presidents/2016/09/29/0263b2f2-867c-11e6-a3ef-f35afb41797f_story.html?hpid=hp_no-name_opinion-card-a%3Ahomepage%2Fstory&utm_term=.edeabd3c3a40
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an aide directed (Gary) Johnson 2 a room named for Harriet Tubman, & Johnson replied, “Who’s Harriet Madam45for2923 Oct 2016 #1
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Madam45for2923

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1. an aide directed (Gary) Johnson 2 a room named for Harriet Tubman, & Johnson replied, “Who’s Harriet
Sat Oct 1, 2016, 10:09 AM
Oct 2016

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"an aide directed (Gary) Johnson to a room named for Harriet Tubman, and Johnson replied, “Who’s Harriet Tubman?”

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