If there's no difference between Democratic and Republican candidates, why hasn't the Mountain Party done better?
Drew Gibson over at Virally Suppressed has a lengthy, well-documented analysis of the failure of third party politics in West Virginia politics. West Virginians, he says, are often confronted with choosing between the lesser of two evils. As an example, Gibson examines the candidates and issues in WV's third district and concludes:
On one side, you have a pro-gun, pro-coal, anti-environment, anti-abortion, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT white guy and, on the other, you have a pro-gun, pro-coal, anti-environment, anti-abortion, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBT white guy. It’s bipartisan politics at its very finest.
His point is well-taken. (He could just as easily have focused on WV's senate race where Tennant's strategy appears to be to out-Capito Capito.)
So why hasn't West Virginia's version of the Green Party, the Mountain Party, done better in recent elections? In the rest of his post, Gibson provides his take on the party's failures and then makes suggestions for how they can become more relevent.
You may not totally agree with Gibson's perspective or his conclusions. However, if you are tired of having to decide between Tweedledum and Tweedledee on election day, you owe it to yourself to give him a read.