After GOTV, this election hinges on how many people on either side throw away their votes on third-party candidates.
Call me an idealist, but I believe the real work of change comes from an involved, energized citizenry. Call me a cynic, but I think we need to vote for candidates who have a snowball’s chance of being elected, and who present the fewest obstacles to our hopes for the future.
If you’re thinking about voting for a candidate who matches your ideals more closely, take a moment to savor that feeling of righteous indignation.
Then set it aside, and think clearly about the consequences. Imagine that the candidate who wins the election is the one who is farthest from your values. Imagine the real-world impact on real people.
Then vote. Vote your conscience. Your thoughtful, considered, pragmatic conscience. Not your outraged gut.