RFK Jr. is gaining ground

As Joe Biden continues to struggle in polls and approval ratings, democrats are increasingly worried that third-party candidates could swing the election to Trump. There are basically three alternatives, Green Party candidate Jill Stein and independents Cornel West and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. Kennedy is by far the greatest potential spoiler, drawing 10% or more average of the overall vote. Stein and West poll at no more than 2% each. Kennedy’s candidacy initially struck a chord with some independents and fringe republicans drawn to his anti-vax message, but increasingly with democratic voters concerned about Biden’s age and infirmity.

Recently, RFK Jr. made himself even more competitive by naming as his running mate the California attorney and tech investor Nicole Shanahan, who calls herself a progressive. Shanahan is a 38-year-old ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin. Shanahan donated $4 million this year to RFK’s super-PAC, American Values 2024, which promptly used it to pay most of the cost for a Super Bowl ad. Her money might be needed, as it will take an estimated $30-40 million to get ballot presence in all 50 states in November.

Shanahan’s money could also gain Kennedy enough to qualify for debates, which would make him the first third-party candidate to reach that national stage since Ross Perot in 1992. Perot won 19% of the popular vote and derailed Bush’s re-election bid and brought Bill Clinton to the White House. That is the most by an independent since Teddy Roosevelt got 27% of the popular vote in the 1912 presidential election, paving the way for democrat Woodrow Wilson’s presidency.

Democratic strategists ramped up criticism of RFK Jr. even before he named Shanahan to the ticket. Biden’s reelection campaign reportedly has an entire team devoted to denigrating him. In February, the democratic national committee filed a complaint against Kennedy’s campaign with the federal election commission, alleging it is illegally coordinated with Kennedy’s super-PAC to secure his place on every state’s ballot. The democrats will do whatever they can to stop Kennedy.

A pro-Biden super-PAC launched a website with composite images of RFK Jr. alleging he is racist, homophobic, antisemitic, anti-science, a conspiracy theorist, and a GOP staling horse. Now that Kennedy has a running mate with enormous personal resources, the democrats are doubling down on their efforts to smear him and stop him. There are several democratic party-linked groups such as liberal think tank Third Way, American Bridge and Clear Choice that are trying to stop third-party candidates by filing legal complaints and to deny voters third-party choices. Not really a well-functioning democracy, but the power-hungry elite will do anything to stay in power. This is the case throughout history. However, ballot cleansing should not be part of a democracy, but it seems that the democratic party is doing their best to keep third-party candidates off ballots by various legal actions. It really is shameful.  

The next few months will be decisive for all candidates as the campaign will heat up with more debates and voter meetings. The democrats are already in a state of fear of losing. They are trying to stop Trump at all costs, in the ballots and in the courts, and they will try to stop the third-party candidates too. RFK Jr. with a young female progressive VP candidate will definitely be a huge problem for Biden. So, their only chance is to stop them in the ballot approval process so voters simply can’t vote for him. Should this fail, the fact is that Biden is doomed as Kennedy certainly will get 5%-10% of the votes, primarily from independents and democrats.

Voters are recognizing the democrats corrupt attempts to censor and manipulate, and this might cost them dearly in the election. After all, voters want a functioning democratic system with multiple voting options. Kennedy is gaining ground, little by little and both parties should take notice…

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