Counterpoint: Don Blankenship Deserves His Spot On The Ballot

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Sam Wilkinson

According to a faithful reader, I'm Ordinary Times's "least thoughtful writer." So I've got that going for me, which is nice.

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5 Responses

  1. Avatar Burt Likko says:

    As usual, Sam, I’m left wondering where you actually come down on this issue. 😉Report

  2. Avatar Oscar Gordon says:

    See also: New Mexico suddenly deciding to re-institute straight party line voting because of Gary Johnson.Report

  3. Avatar James K says:

    I agree, sore loser laws seem to be one of many ways the Democrats and Republicans retain duopoly control over the US’s electoral systems.Report

    • Avatar Catchling in reply to James K says:

      Although I think the laws are deeply anti-democratic and hence wrong, I disagree that they maintain the duopoly, which basically persists as a function of having plurality voting (“first past the post”). They’re more like gerrymandering, in that what is maintained is the seats of establishment candidates who might otherwise have to answer to challengers (whose threat is spoilage, not actually winning). With or without gerrymandering and sore loser laws, the two-party system remains stable.Report

  4. Interestingly, Joe Lieberman, second banana on the Sore-Loserman ticket, was a successful sore loser in his last Senate race.Report

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