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  1. Scott Adams predicted this.

    • Replies: @J1234
    @Paleo Liberal


    Scott Adams predicted this.
     
    This makes the whole Trump support and religious conversion thing even more suspect than it was before. And yes...this was very predictable, even for people who aren't experts on persuasion and hypnosis. It's a non-issue, of course. The "I was going to vote for Trump...until Kanye entered the race," scenario is about as likely as, "I was going to buy a burger...until the impossible Whopper came along." It's a different market.

    Replies: @Kyle

    , @Anonymous
    @Paleo Liberal


    Scott Adams predicted this.
     
    No he didn’t. Not for this year.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    , @Kyle
    @Paleo Liberal

    Huh? Everyone predicted this. Kenya has previously stated that he’s been thinking about running for
    president .

  2. Assume this is a publicity stunt. When’s the deadline for getting on ballots?

    If he’s serious though, big trouble for Biden. How much of the black vote would Biden need to have siphoned away to tip the election to Trump?

    • Replies: @flyingtiger
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Katne can always run as an independent.

    Replies: @NJ Transit Commuter, @Chris Mallory

    , @wren
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    "If you have a problem figuring out whether you're for me or Kanye, then you ain't black"

    , @Kronos
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Blacks will vote for the blackest candidate on the voting ticket. Any residual political essence Biden has left over from Obama will be overshadowed by West.

    , @Anonymous
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    I remember a while ago he declared he was a christian and was going to put his wild past behind him. That makes sense now. He's serious.

  3. “Promise of America by trusting God”. Wonder how the Media is going to handle that concept.

    I do like the idea of maintaining a tradition of hot First Ladies though. Maybe we should make that a requirement.

  4. @NJ Transit Commuter
    Assume this is a publicity stunt. When’s the deadline for getting on ballots?

    If he’s serious though, big trouble for Biden. How much of the black vote would Biden need to have siphoned away to tip the election to Trump?

    Replies: @flyingtiger, @wren, @Kronos, @Anonymous

    Katne can always run as an independent.

    • Replies: @NJ Transit Commuter
    @flyingtiger

    To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Colin Wright, @Nicholas Stix, @Pericles, @Brás Cubas

    , @Chris Mallory
    @flyingtiger

    Ballot access rules by state for party access, independent and write in.

    https://ballotpedia.org/Ballot_access_for_presidential_candidates

    Kanye has missed the boat on qualifying on a major party line. Like NJ said, most of the deadlines for independent are August and Sept.

    Write in candidates require paperwork filed before hand in 33 states. As for the minor parties, the Libertarians have access in all 50 states and the Green Party has access in 44 states.

    Replies: @Yancey Ward, @ben tillman, @Muggles

  5. Still probably won’t vote, but this might do as a protest.

    Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the blimp
    We’ve spread corona far and wide, a hundred thou are dead
    We’re taking to the streets to launch another wave of crime
    March on, clown world, march on

  6. You might think that it’s a problem him being slightly insane and all, but does that make him any worse than Trump? He’s definitely less senile than Biden. I say let’s go for it. Shake things up a bit. Besides, it’s fun that he gets to call Elon Musk “boy”.

  7. @NJ Transit Commuter
    Assume this is a publicity stunt. When’s the deadline for getting on ballots?

    If he’s serious though, big trouble for Biden. How much of the black vote would Biden need to have siphoned away to tip the election to Trump?

    Replies: @flyingtiger, @wren, @Kronos, @Anonymous

    “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or Kanye, then you ain’t black”

  8. Trade some “criminal justice reform” for a little siphon of the black vote 2020. Good deal?

  9. It’s just what would have been considered a ridiculous joke in days gone by, but in current year, (I won’t call it america) land mass, just par for the freaking course…

  10. Why not?

    • Replies: @JackOH
    @Colin Wright

    Colin, that's exactly what I was thinking. Why the fuck not? LOL.

    We had maybe forty candidates for our local Podunk Tech's presidency years ago. One of them was a young woman who worked in something like food service or retail. I had to admit I admired her crackpottiness, or brass, downright craziness, or whatever you want to call it.

    I also thought this gal may have been on to something. Academic leadership ain't about performance--as much as it is about performance art. The main job of our university president is ass-kissing for greenbacks and looking distinguished in a civic-leaderish sort of way for sound bites and grip 'n' grin.

    The Presidency is hamstrung by the Constitutionally intended checks and balances, and the less intended humongous inertia of the bureaucracy, "regulatory capture", and a whole lot more. Why not have a rapper candidate who, in the unlikely event he's elected, would be just as hamstrung as a serious contender?

    I hope Kanye commits hard for the next four months to a candidacy. He ought to be a hoot. Plus, he might shock the living daylights out of everyone by saying something sensible.

  11. @flyingtiger
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Katne can always run as an independent.

    Replies: @NJ Transit Commuter, @Chris Mallory

    To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    John Anderson failed to get on the New York ballot, but the Liberal Party, which endorsed Carter in '76, was sick of him by '80, and came to Anderson's rescue. Perhaps a cynically-minded Conservative Party could do the same for Kanye? Oh, wait... Trump needs them, too.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt

    , @Colin Wright
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    'To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.'

    He is black. Presumably, we should make an exception.

    Replies: @bomag

    , @Nicholas Stix
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    But those laws don't apply to Kanye; he's black.

    Replies: @Bubba

    , @Pericles
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Don't worry blacks, it will work out if you just write KANYE (or some variation thereof) on your ballot.

    , @Brás Cubas
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Deadlines are racist.

  12. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @flyingtiger

    To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Colin Wright, @Nicholas Stix, @Pericles, @Brás Cubas

    John Anderson failed to get on the New York ballot, but the Liberal Party, which endorsed Carter in ’76, was sick of him by ’80, and came to Anderson’s rescue. Perhaps a cynically-minded Conservative Party could do the same for Kanye? Oh, wait… Trump needs them, too.

    • Replies: @TomSchmidt
    @Reg Cæsar

    I recall reading that whites in NY voted 52% for Trump in 2016. If the Conservative party did endorse Kanye, presumably no actual Conservative voters would vote for him. With maybe 3MM blacks in state, they could come close to tipping NY Red. The Orthodox Jews will likely go massively R in response to DeBlasio and Cuomo shutting down their funerals. Trump lost NY state by 1.7MM votes last time.

    It would be an amusing calculation. And if Kanye actually adhered to Conservative principles as the state party insists upon, I could see voting for him.

  13. But Idiocracy was set in the year 2505, not now. Stop it.

  14. I am an unabashed Kanye fan and fully endorse this. It certainly helps Trump. Go for it.

    • Agree: raven lunatic
  15. @flyingtiger
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    Katne can always run as an independent.

    Replies: @NJ Transit Commuter, @Chris Mallory

    Ballot access rules by state for party access, independent and write in.

    https://ballotpedia.org/Ballot_access_for_presidential_candidates

    Kanye has missed the boat on qualifying on a major party line. Like NJ said, most of the deadlines for independent are August and Sept.

    Write in candidates require paperwork filed before hand in 33 states. As for the minor parties, the Libertarians have access in all 50 states and the Green Party has access in 44 states.

    • Replies: @Yancey Ward
    @Chris Mallory

    You have to register beforehand in those 33 states to win electoral votes. This only has an effect if someone who would otherwise vote for West decides to not write him in for this reason alone, but that isn't really an issue for a candidicy like this one- no one believes West would win a single state, not even West. A vote for West would be a direct protest vote against the Democrats.

    Replies: @Chris Mallory

    , @ben tillman
    @Chris Mallory

    How could you write in a Presidential candidate when you're voting for electors?

    Replies: @Chris Mallory

    , @Muggles
    @Chris Mallory

    As someone quite knowledgeable about 3rd party/independent ballot access, and with considerable knowledge about the Libertarian Party (though no longer active) I have suggested the following in some recent emails today to some libertarians:

    a. The LP in a virtual convention in May nominated Jo Jorgensen, a South Carolina psychologist and PhD, for president and Spike Cohen, an unemployed Massachusetts Libertarian for VP. Cohen has manageable health problems but ran his LP campaign as a elaborate joke/stunt.

    b. I suggested that Mr. Cohen be asked to resign (or booted) to open up the VP slot for Kanye West. The LP is having a second in-person convention in Orlando FL next weekend for leadership/platform elections. This event could ratify any VP substitutions.

    c. While Mr. West isn't exactly a conventional Libertarian (big L or small) he does express some generic libertarian sentiments. In some areas pretty good.

    d. The LP has nominated recently former Republicans Cong. Bob Barr, former NM gov. Gary Johnson and former MA governor Bill Weld. Barr and Weld were LP VP candidates. Both of them at the last minute urged voters to vote for the GOP ticket. Ugh. So nominating Kanye West wouldn't be the most unconventional move the Party has ever made.

    e. Obviously Mr. Cohen would have to be replaced in a positive manner. Mr. West would have to come to some formal agreement about how much he will deviate from the LP platform, etc. Both he and the LP would have to "agree to disagree" in places and work in a united, positive manner. Mr. West would run and finance his own effort, which is the norm for LP candidates. FEC rules followed, etc.

    f. This would greatly amplify the LP vote and support, helping to maintain its ballot access in the future. Might even tip some close states. Of course the Dems would go crazy over this.

    g. The only drawback is twofold: one, the LP has weak, unimaginative leadership which often prefers failure and obscurity to political success. They would have to recognize this historic opportunity and navigate the shoals. Mr. West likewise would have to abide by this marriage of convenience and agree to some ideological accommodation. Since both parties here have a history of acting half crazy, this won't be easy. However the LP has 50 state ballot access and without it West will appear in few if any states on the ballot. Also he'd need a running mate and some kind of organization for financial reporting, campaigning, etc. The LP has that already.

    h. The good news is that at this stage candidates can be substituted legally since state laws have to accommodate candidates dropping out for reasons of death, disability, etc.

    i. This is doable in theory. The LP would have the most "diverse" ticket ever, a white female professional (who teaches at the university level) and a world famous black performer who is openly culturally Christian and outspoken.

    This would also likely ensure a Trump re-election, though nothing is certain about that.

    Replies: @JackOH, @Clifford Brown

  16. Kanye shouldn’t even joke about running as a “third party candidate.” The Democrats will kill him then have “big media” blame Trump for his murder. Biden will get elected by the “retaliation” vote.

  17. Couldn’t be happier. I wonder when Bernie says “Fuck this” and tries to get back in the hunt.

    • LOL: JMcG
    • Replies: @Harry Baldwin
    @Buffalo Joe

    I wonder when Bernie says “Fuck this” and tries to get back in the hunt.

    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There's undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.

    Replies: @dvorak, @Gordo, @tyrone, @Buffalo Joe

  18. Then maybe Trump will finish third.

    • LOL: Charon
  19. @Buffalo Joe
    Couldn't be happier. I wonder when Bernie says "Fuck this" and tries to get back in the hunt.

    Replies: @Harry Baldwin

    I wonder when Bernie says “Fuck this” and tries to get back in the hunt.

    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There’s undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.

    • Replies: @dvorak
    @Harry Baldwin


    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There’s undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.
     
    Bernie and his wife are friends with Biden and his wife. Bernie has admitted that he refused to attack Joe because of this friendship.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-TiVD3huu90
    , @Gordo
    @Harry Baldwin


    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There’s undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.
     
    That is the simplest explanation and hence the most likely.
    , @tyrone
    @Harry Baldwin

    You just described man's best friend ,Yes the dog!…..a lazy old hound would make a better president than Bernie.

    , @Buffalo Joe
    @Harry Baldwin

    Harry, I wonder about a financial settlement, like pay his campaign debts? Bernie has money, hell a gal could win a mega lottery prize and have more money than any of the dem candidates, but she would not have a shot at POTUS. Bernie wants that.

  20. Have we heard from Taylor Swift yet?

    Kanye couldn’t be worse than what she’s become lately.

    • Agree: Charon
    • Replies: @Pericles
    @Reg Cæsar

    "Yo yo yo, Yo Biden, imma just grab this microphone for a sec"

    , @BenKenobi
    @Reg Cæsar

    I miss the “Fourteen-Tay-ty-Eight” days.

    *salutes solemnly with a single tear running down cheek*

  21. @Paleo Liberal
    Scott Adams predicted this.

    Replies: @J1234, @Anonymous, @Kyle

    Scott Adams predicted this.

    This makes the whole Trump support and religious conversion thing even more suspect than it was before. And yes…this was very predictable, even for people who aren’t experts on persuasion and hypnosis. It’s a non-issue, of course. The “I was going to vote for Trump…until Kanye entered the race,” scenario is about as likely as, “I was going to buy a burger…until the impossible Whopper came along.” It’s a different market.

    • Replies: @Kyle
    @J1234


    The “I was going to vote for Trump…until Kanye entered the race,” scenario is about as likely as, “I was going to buy a burger…until the impossible Whopper came along.” It’s a different market.
     
    Very well stated. Smilie of the year. Black people and liberals will vote for kimba, regardless of his professed politics or evangelism. Trump Americans won’t. Trump women definitely won’t because he called Taylor Swift out for her horrid music. Trump men actually may be more likely to vote for him because some of us enjoy some of his music.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Ivp0owZH6bI

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ZRKkY2x7aWM

    But still not very likely.
    I take this to mean he’s running in 2024, he obviously realizes that it’s too late to register for 2020. If he does run in 2020 he’s taking votes away from Biden not trump.
  22. Of course, getting on the ballot is an issue for a late stage candidacy, but it doesn’t prevent West from running in all 50 states. Any voter can write him in.

    • Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter
    @Yancey Ward

    Assuming they're literate.

  23. @Chris Mallory
    @flyingtiger

    Ballot access rules by state for party access, independent and write in.

    https://ballotpedia.org/Ballot_access_for_presidential_candidates

    Kanye has missed the boat on qualifying on a major party line. Like NJ said, most of the deadlines for independent are August and Sept.

    Write in candidates require paperwork filed before hand in 33 states. As for the minor parties, the Libertarians have access in all 50 states and the Green Party has access in 44 states.

    Replies: @Yancey Ward, @ben tillman, @Muggles

    You have to register beforehand in those 33 states to win electoral votes. This only has an effect if someone who would otherwise vote for West decides to not write him in for this reason alone, but that isn’t really an issue for a candidicy like this one- no one believes West would win a single state, not even West. A vote for West would be a direct protest vote against the Democrats.

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
    @Yancey Ward

    In many states if you aren't registered any write in votes are not even counted or reported.

  24. “Conway West? Wasn’t he a country music guy?”—Joe Biden

    • LOL: JMcG
  25. If he’s serious he’s going for D nom.

  26. 3rd party, Kanye! Go for it!

    He’ll take the black vote away from the Democrats.

    • Replies: @Hibernian
    @Anon

    If he gets on the ballot anywhere he'll take at least a few votes away from the GOP. Write ins will be very minimal. I don't think he'll have much impact. There's a good chance he'll quit or just put minimal effort into this project.

  27. If his VP running mate is Stephen Miller, I’ll vote for him.

  28. @NJ Transit Commuter
    Assume this is a publicity stunt. When’s the deadline for getting on ballots?

    If he’s serious though, big trouble for Biden. How much of the black vote would Biden need to have siphoned away to tip the election to Trump?

    Replies: @flyingtiger, @wren, @Kronos, @Anonymous

    Blacks will vote for the blackest candidate on the voting ticket. Any residual political essence Biden has left over from Obama will be overshadowed by West.

    • Disagree: Hibernian
  29. @Harry Baldwin
    @Buffalo Joe

    I wonder when Bernie says “Fuck this” and tries to get back in the hunt.

    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There's undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.

    Replies: @dvorak, @Gordo, @tyrone, @Buffalo Joe

    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There’s undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.

    Bernie and his wife are friends with Biden and his wife. Bernie has admitted that he refused to attack Joe because of this friendship.

  30. It will also be interesting regarding Biden’s VP pick. Having two blacks in the race might end up as a dick measuring contest between West and Michele Obama or whomever the soul sister ends up being.

    • LOL: bruce county
  31. @Chris Mallory
    @flyingtiger

    Ballot access rules by state for party access, independent and write in.

    https://ballotpedia.org/Ballot_access_for_presidential_candidates

    Kanye has missed the boat on qualifying on a major party line. Like NJ said, most of the deadlines for independent are August and Sept.

    Write in candidates require paperwork filed before hand in 33 states. As for the minor parties, the Libertarians have access in all 50 states and the Green Party has access in 44 states.

    Replies: @Yancey Ward, @ben tillman, @Muggles

    How could you write in a Presidential candidate when you’re voting for electors?

    • Replies: @Chris Mallory
    @ben tillman

    The way it supposedly works is the electors vote for the person that wins the popular vote. But they don't have to. Some states do have faithless elector laws.

    Personally, since 1992, after casting my first presidential vote in 88 for Pappy Bush, I have written in Willie Nelson except for voting for Pat Buchanan in the 1996 primary and for Trump in the 2016 general election. It is a protest vote on my part. Haven't yet decided what to do this year.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @EdwardM

  32. Anon[332] • Disclaimer says:

    OT: Guy who drove into 2 protestors is black. His name is Dawit Kelete. One of the protestors has now died. Frankly, the pictures of all three look awful. It was freak meeting freak. What’s a weird looking black guy doing with a Jaguar anyway? He may have been Eritrean. Rich daddy?

    • Replies: @CJ
    @Anon

    I figured he was either black or Muslim as soon as I read the news report description of him as “a 27-year-old Seattle man”.

    Back on topic to Kanye:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=173&v=6GzOoyOOfqM&feature=emb_logo

    , @The Alarmist
    @Anon

    What makes you think Dawit Kelete is a black name?

    How is that pronounced, anyway? Da White? Da Whit? Da White Cleat, like in Nike? Maybe he's a shoe.

    Replies: @tyrone

    , @LittleNano
    @Anon

    It could be that this was unrehearsed street theater. Perhaps the Jaguar driven by the right-wing extremist was supposed to race through the BLM protest never to be seen again. Except two femmes screwed up and stood on the wrong tape marks on the freeway.

    , @The Wild Geese Howard
    @Anon


    What’s a weird looking black guy doing with a Jaguar anyway? He may have been Eritrean. Rich daddy?
     
    Weirder yet the driver claims to be a Washington State alum.

    I've been to Pullman.

    There really is nowhere left for us to move to.
  33. Anonymous[208] • Disclaimer says:
    @Paleo Liberal
    Scott Adams predicted this.

    Replies: @J1234, @Anonymous, @Kyle

    Scott Adams predicted this.

    No he didn’t. Not for this year.

    • Replies: @Paleo Liberal
    @Anonymous

    Not the particular year, but he predicted Kanye would run soon.

    Adams predicted Kanye would do quite badly his first run.

    The rest of the prediction has Kanye running multiple times, doing better each time, until he finally wins.

  34. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @flyingtiger

    To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Colin Wright, @Nicholas Stix, @Pericles, @Brás Cubas

    ‘To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.’

    He is black. Presumably, we should make an exception.

    • Replies: @bomag
    @Colin Wright


    we should make an exception
     
    I'm sure there's a multitude of federal judges willing to do their usual thing in service to Kanye.
  35. This is magnificent news. Obviously, Kanye, Trump, and Musk cooked this up amongst themselves some time ago, and now it’s merely being unveiled. There are a lot of Blacks who don’t give a fig for Biden, but aren’t quite ready to vote for Trump. So Kanye West becomes the John Anderson of 2020 ie. the guy who siphons a few million votes off the Democrats’ left flank (as independent candidate John Anderson did to Jimmy Carter, in 1980), and aids in assuring a GOP victory.

    • Replies: @Gordo
    @Servant of Gla'aki


    So Kanye West becomes the John Anderson of 2020 ie. the guy who siphons a few million votes off the Democrats’ left flank (as independent candidate John Anderson did to Jimmy Carter, in 1980), and aids in assuring a GOP victory.
     
    Perhaps Mister Trump could publicly promise Mister West a cabinet seat if he gets 2 million votes, including write ins!

    Replies: @Oolagoob

  36. There isn’t much enthusiasm for him over at Twitter, either. That makes me feel better. Maybe now that he’s made the announcement, he’ll just let this idea quietly fade away.

  37. @Anon
    OT: Guy who drove into 2 protestors is black. His name is Dawit Kelete. One of the protestors has now died. Frankly, the pictures of all three look awful. It was freak meeting freak. What's a weird looking black guy doing with a Jaguar anyway? He may have been Eritrean. Rich daddy?

    https://twitter.com/infolibnews/status/1279442043232751623?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1279444090564861954%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsone.com%2F3970690%2Fdawit-kelete-seattle-protest-hit-run-driver-identified%2F

    Replies: @CJ, @The Alarmist, @LittleNano, @The Wild Geese Howard

    I figured he was either black or Muslim as soon as I read the news report description of him as “a 27-year-old Seattle man”.

    Back on topic to Kanye:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=173&v=6GzOoyOOfqM&feature=emb_logo

  38. @Harry Baldwin
    @Buffalo Joe

    I wonder when Bernie says “Fuck this” and tries to get back in the hunt.

    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There's undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.

    Replies: @dvorak, @Gordo, @tyrone, @Buffalo Joe

    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There’s undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.

    That is the simplest explanation and hence the most likely.

  39. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @flyingtiger

    To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Colin Wright, @Nicholas Stix, @Pericles, @Brás Cubas

    But those laws don’t apply to Kanye; he’s black.

    • Replies: @Bubba
    @Nicholas Stix

    I thought he was half white? And can you imagine if Kaepernick had inherited James Weldon Johnson's hair genes? He would have been a nobody...

    https://www.onthisday.com/images/people/james-weldon-johnson-medium.jpg

  40. @Servant of Gla'aki
    This is magnificent news. Obviously, Kanye, Trump, and Musk cooked this up amongst themselves some time ago, and now it's merely being unveiled. There are a lot of Blacks who don't give a fig for Biden, but aren't quite ready to vote for Trump. So Kanye West becomes the John Anderson of 2020 ie. the guy who siphons a few million votes off the Democrats' left flank (as independent candidate John Anderson did to Jimmy Carter, in 1980), and aids in assuring a GOP victory.

    Replies: @Gordo

    So Kanye West becomes the John Anderson of 2020 ie. the guy who siphons a few million votes off the Democrats’ left flank (as independent candidate John Anderson did to Jimmy Carter, in 1980), and aids in assuring a GOP victory.

    Perhaps Mister Trump could publicly promise Mister West a cabinet seat if he gets 2 million votes, including write ins!

    • Replies: @Oolagoob
    @Gordo

    Heh, make a new cabinet position:

    The Department of Soul!

  41. Great news! Now, can we ask for P Diddy to be his campaign manager?

  42. @Colin Wright
    Why not?

    Replies: @JackOH

    Colin, that’s exactly what I was thinking. Why the fuck not? LOL.

    We had maybe forty candidates for our local Podunk Tech’s presidency years ago. One of them was a young woman who worked in something like food service or retail. I had to admit I admired her crackpottiness, or brass, downright craziness, or whatever you want to call it.

    I also thought this gal may have been on to something. Academic leadership ain’t about performance–as much as it is about performance art. The main job of our university president is ass-kissing for greenbacks and looking distinguished in a civic-leaderish sort of way for sound bites and grip ‘n’ grin.

    The Presidency is hamstrung by the Constitutionally intended checks and balances, and the less intended humongous inertia of the bureaucracy, “regulatory capture”, and a whole lot more. Why not have a rapper candidate who, in the unlikely event he’s elected, would be just as hamstrung as a serious contender?

    I hope Kanye commits hard for the next four months to a candidacy. He ought to be a hoot. Plus, he might shock the living daylights out of everyone by saying something sensible.

  43. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @flyingtiger

    To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Colin Wright, @Nicholas Stix, @Pericles, @Brás Cubas

    Don’t worry blacks, it will work out if you just write KANYE (or some variation thereof) on your ballot.

  44. @Reg Cæsar
    Have we heard from Taylor Swift yet?

    Kanye couldn't be worse than what she's become lately.

    Replies: @Pericles, @BenKenobi

    “Yo yo yo, Yo Biden, imma just grab this microphone for a sec”

    • LOL: Kyle, Bubba, NOTA
  45. @Yancey Ward
    Of course, getting on the ballot is an issue for a late stage candidacy, but it doesn't prevent West from running in all 50 states. Any voter can write him in.

    Replies: @Jim Bob Lassiter

    Assuming they’re literate.

  46. anonymous[400] • Disclaimer says:

    Isn’t he on some type of psychiatric meds?

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @anonymous

    Do we really have to bring the wild bears into this?

  47. @Anon
    OT: Guy who drove into 2 protestors is black. His name is Dawit Kelete. One of the protestors has now died. Frankly, the pictures of all three look awful. It was freak meeting freak. What's a weird looking black guy doing with a Jaguar anyway? He may have been Eritrean. Rich daddy?

    https://twitter.com/infolibnews/status/1279442043232751623?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1279444090564861954%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsone.com%2F3970690%2Fdawit-kelete-seattle-protest-hit-run-driver-identified%2F

    Replies: @CJ, @The Alarmist, @LittleNano, @The Wild Geese Howard

    What makes you think Dawit Kelete is a black name?

    How is that pronounced, anyway? Da White? Da Whit? Da White Cleat, like in Nike? Maybe he’s a shoe.

    • Replies: @tyrone
    @The Alarmist

    Eritrean……that would be black african ……and they love fighting and hate Ethiopians.

  48. @Gordo
    @Servant of Gla'aki


    So Kanye West becomes the John Anderson of 2020 ie. the guy who siphons a few million votes off the Democrats’ left flank (as independent candidate John Anderson did to Jimmy Carter, in 1980), and aids in assuring a GOP victory.
     
    Perhaps Mister Trump could publicly promise Mister West a cabinet seat if he gets 2 million votes, including write ins!

    Replies: @Oolagoob

    Heh, make a new cabinet position:

    The Department of Soul!

  49. @Reg Cæsar
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    John Anderson failed to get on the New York ballot, but the Liberal Party, which endorsed Carter in '76, was sick of him by '80, and came to Anderson's rescue. Perhaps a cynically-minded Conservative Party could do the same for Kanye? Oh, wait... Trump needs them, too.

    Replies: @TomSchmidt

    I recall reading that whites in NY voted 52% for Trump in 2016. If the Conservative party did endorse Kanye, presumably no actual Conservative voters would vote for him. With maybe 3MM blacks in state, they could come close to tipping NY Red. The Orthodox Jews will likely go massively R in response to DeBlasio and Cuomo shutting down their funerals. Trump lost NY state by 1.7MM votes last time.

    It would be an amusing calculation. And if Kanye actually adhered to Conservative principles as the state party insists upon, I could see voting for him.

  50. @Anonymous
    @Paleo Liberal


    Scott Adams predicted this.
     
    No he didn’t. Not for this year.

    Replies: @Paleo Liberal

    Not the particular year, but he predicted Kanye would run soon.

    Adams predicted Kanye would do quite badly his first run.

    The rest of the prediction has Kanye running multiple times, doing better each time, until he finally wins.

  51. @Colin Wright
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    'To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.'

    He is black. Presumably, we should make an exception.

    Replies: @bomag

    we should make an exception

    I’m sure there’s a multitude of federal judges willing to do their usual thing in service to Kanye.

  52. @Anon
    3rd party, Kanye! Go for it!

    He'll take the black vote away from the Democrats.

    Replies: @Hibernian

    If he gets on the ballot anywhere he’ll take at least a few votes away from the GOP. Write ins will be very minimal. I don’t think he’ll have much impact. There’s a good chance he’ll quit or just put minimal effort into this project.

  53. @Paleo Liberal
    Scott Adams predicted this.

    Replies: @J1234, @Anonymous, @Kyle

    Huh? Everyone predicted this. Kenya has previously stated that he’s been thinking about running for
    president .

  54. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    I think everyone should remind friends, family, and associates that “Idiocracy” was supposed to be a “warning,” not a “how to.”

    • LOL: Colin Wright
  55. Kyle says:
    @J1234
    @Paleo Liberal


    Scott Adams predicted this.
     
    This makes the whole Trump support and religious conversion thing even more suspect than it was before. And yes...this was very predictable, even for people who aren't experts on persuasion and hypnosis. It's a non-issue, of course. The "I was going to vote for Trump...until Kanye entered the race," scenario is about as likely as, "I was going to buy a burger...until the impossible Whopper came along." It's a different market.

    Replies: @Kyle

    The “I was going to vote for Trump…until Kanye entered the race,” scenario is about as likely as, “I was going to buy a burger…until the impossible Whopper came along.” It’s a different market.

    Very well stated. Smilie of the year. Black people and liberals will vote for kimba, regardless of his professed politics or evangelism. Trump Americans won’t. Trump women definitely won’t because he called Taylor Swift out for her horrid music. Trump men actually may be more likely to vote for him because some of us enjoy some of his music.

    But still not very likely.
    I take this to mean he’s running in 2024, he obviously realizes that it’s too late to register for 2020. If he does run in 2020 he’s taking votes away from Biden not trump.

  56. @Nicholas Stix
    @NJ Transit Commuter

    But those laws don't apply to Kanye; he's black.

    Replies: @Bubba

    I thought he was half white? And can you imagine if Kaepernick had inherited James Weldon Johnson’s hair genes? He would have been a nobody…

  57. @Anon
    OT: Guy who drove into 2 protestors is black. His name is Dawit Kelete. One of the protestors has now died. Frankly, the pictures of all three look awful. It was freak meeting freak. What's a weird looking black guy doing with a Jaguar anyway? He may have been Eritrean. Rich daddy?

    https://twitter.com/infolibnews/status/1279442043232751623?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1279444090564861954%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsone.com%2F3970690%2Fdawit-kelete-seattle-protest-hit-run-driver-identified%2F

    Replies: @CJ, @The Alarmist, @LittleNano, @The Wild Geese Howard

    It could be that this was unrehearsed street theater. Perhaps the Jaguar driven by the right-wing extremist was supposed to race through the BLM protest never to be seen again. Except two femmes screwed up and stood on the wrong tape marks on the freeway.

  58. Anonymous[302] • Disclaimer says:
    @NJ Transit Commuter
    Assume this is a publicity stunt. When’s the deadline for getting on ballots?

    If he’s serious though, big trouble for Biden. How much of the black vote would Biden need to have siphoned away to tip the election to Trump?

    Replies: @flyingtiger, @wren, @Kronos, @Anonymous

    I remember a while ago he declared he was a christian and was going to put his wild past behind him. That makes sense now. He’s serious.

  59. Running or jogging? Showing kaepernick how movement is done.

  60. @ben tillman
    @Chris Mallory

    How could you write in a Presidential candidate when you're voting for electors?

    Replies: @Chris Mallory

    The way it supposedly works is the electors vote for the person that wins the popular vote. But they don’t have to. Some states do have faithless elector laws.

    Personally, since 1992, after casting my first presidential vote in 88 for Pappy Bush, I have written in Willie Nelson except for voting for Pat Buchanan in the 1996 primary and for Trump in the 2016 general election. It is a protest vote on my part. Haven’t yet decided what to do this year.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @Chris Mallory


    Personally, since 1992, after casting my first presidential vote in 88 for Pappy Bush, I have written in Willie Nelson except for voting for Pat Buchanan in the 1996 primary and for Trump in the 2016 general election.
     
    Willie Nelson is a cuck. I don’t know if he always has been that way, but he is now.

    You would do better to vote for ben tillman or Steve Sailer.
    , @EdwardM
    @Chris Mallory

    But each candidate whose name is on the ballot has his electors designated. (Essentially, you're voting for the electors.) So if a write-in hypothetically won a plurality, who would the electors be?

  61. @Yancey Ward
    @Chris Mallory

    You have to register beforehand in those 33 states to win electoral votes. This only has an effect if someone who would otherwise vote for West decides to not write him in for this reason alone, but that isn't really an issue for a candidicy like this one- no one believes West would win a single state, not even West. A vote for West would be a direct protest vote against the Democrats.

    Replies: @Chris Mallory

    In many states if you aren’t registered any write in votes are not even counted or reported.

  62. @Reg Cæsar
    Have we heard from Taylor Swift yet?

    Kanye couldn't be worse than what she's become lately.

    Replies: @Pericles, @BenKenobi

    I miss the “Fourteen-Tay-ty-Eight” days.

    *salutes solemnly with a single tear running down cheek*

  63. If Kanye did run, and people actually voted for him, Black people would not make up a disproportionate number of those votes. Over the last decade, they have cooled on him, and increasingly find his eccentric behavior too “white” and insufficiently “Black.” The Trump endorsement just confirmed that– he is an Uncle Tom now, full stop, no matter how much money he gives to George Floyd’s daughter’s college fund or how convincingly he raps about the 13th Amendment and “prison slavery.”

    His voters would be snickering young people of any race who are not particularly invested in the antiwhite movement (those will all vote for Biden), or maybe some “blackpilled” rightists who find Trump lacking. But the collective bloc of Black people are certainly not attached to Kanye in any way; they are more repulsed by him.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    @ADL Pyramid of Hate


    The Trump endorsement just confirmed that
     
    What Trump endorsement?
  64. I thought this was good news at first. He’d be a spoiler while helping to counter and tame the Democrats’ and lefts’extreme tribal and racial politics; a center left message people would be able to hear because it was coming from a celebrity. We need this. Then I remembered, he’s always self promoting. It’s a publicity stunt. Too bad.

  65. @Harry Baldwin
    @Buffalo Joe

    I wonder when Bernie says “Fuck this” and tries to get back in the hunt.

    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There's undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.

    Replies: @dvorak, @Gordo, @tyrone, @Buffalo Joe

    You just described man’s best friend ,Yes the dog!…..a lazy old hound would make a better president than Bernie.

  66. @The Alarmist
    @Anon

    What makes you think Dawit Kelete is a black name?

    How is that pronounced, anyway? Da White? Da Whit? Da White Cleat, like in Nike? Maybe he's a shoe.

    Replies: @tyrone

    Eritrean……that would be black african ……and they love fighting and hate Ethiopians.

  67. @anonymous
    Isn't he on some type of psychiatric meds?

    Replies: @tyrone

    Do we really have to bring the wild bears into this?

  68. @Chris Mallory
    @flyingtiger

    Ballot access rules by state for party access, independent and write in.

    https://ballotpedia.org/Ballot_access_for_presidential_candidates

    Kanye has missed the boat on qualifying on a major party line. Like NJ said, most of the deadlines for independent are August and Sept.

    Write in candidates require paperwork filed before hand in 33 states. As for the minor parties, the Libertarians have access in all 50 states and the Green Party has access in 44 states.

    Replies: @Yancey Ward, @ben tillman, @Muggles

    As someone quite knowledgeable about 3rd party/independent ballot access, and with considerable knowledge about the Libertarian Party (though no longer active) I have suggested the following in some recent emails today to some libertarians:

    a. The LP in a virtual convention in May nominated Jo Jorgensen, a South Carolina psychologist and PhD, for president and Spike Cohen, an unemployed Massachusetts Libertarian for VP. Cohen has manageable health problems but ran his LP campaign as a elaborate joke/stunt.

    b. I suggested that Mr. Cohen be asked to resign (or booted) to open up the VP slot for Kanye West. The LP is having a second in-person convention in Orlando FL next weekend for leadership/platform elections. This event could ratify any VP substitutions.

    c. While Mr. West isn’t exactly a conventional Libertarian (big L or small) he does express some generic libertarian sentiments. In some areas pretty good.

    d. The LP has nominated recently former Republicans Cong. Bob Barr, former NM gov. Gary Johnson and former MA governor Bill Weld. Barr and Weld were LP VP candidates. Both of them at the last minute urged voters to vote for the GOP ticket. Ugh. So nominating Kanye West wouldn’t be the most unconventional move the Party has ever made.

    e. Obviously Mr. Cohen would have to be replaced in a positive manner. Mr. West would have to come to some formal agreement about how much he will deviate from the LP platform, etc. Both he and the LP would have to “agree to disagree” in places and work in a united, positive manner. Mr. West would run and finance his own effort, which is the norm for LP candidates. FEC rules followed, etc.

    f. This would greatly amplify the LP vote and support, helping to maintain its ballot access in the future. Might even tip some close states. Of course the Dems would go crazy over this.

    g. The only drawback is twofold: one, the LP has weak, unimaginative leadership which often prefers failure and obscurity to political success. They would have to recognize this historic opportunity and navigate the shoals. Mr. West likewise would have to abide by this marriage of convenience and agree to some ideological accommodation. Since both parties here have a history of acting half crazy, this won’t be easy. However the LP has 50 state ballot access and without it West will appear in few if any states on the ballot. Also he’d need a running mate and some kind of organization for financial reporting, campaigning, etc. The LP has that already.

    h. The good news is that at this stage candidates can be substituted legally since state laws have to accommodate candidates dropping out for reasons of death, disability, etc.

    i. This is doable in theory. The LP would have the most “diverse” ticket ever, a white female professional (who teaches at the university level) and a world famous black performer who is openly culturally Christian and outspoken.

    This would also likely ensure a Trump re-election, though nothing is certain about that.

    • Replies: @JackOH
    @Muggles

    Muggles, thanks. I'm a longtime LP voter. Would you give us an update on recruiting Kanye if there's some potential?

    I'd be willing to overlook some of Kanye's unsavory lifestyle if he can find it within himself to adopt some libertarian rhetoric, which may quietly appeal to some Blacks who are indeed working as off-the-books entrepreneurs: mechanics, construction, etc.

    Plus, I'm taking a wild guess he's somewhat hostile to BLM-style SJWism and may offer Blacks an alternative to the nonsense we've been seeing on TV.

    , @Clifford Brown
    @Muggles

    What makes you think Kanye is a Libertarian? He strikes me as more of a Monarchist at heart.

    Replies: @Muggles

  69. Is this why Kanye is running?

  70. @Muggles
    @Chris Mallory

    As someone quite knowledgeable about 3rd party/independent ballot access, and with considerable knowledge about the Libertarian Party (though no longer active) I have suggested the following in some recent emails today to some libertarians:

    a. The LP in a virtual convention in May nominated Jo Jorgensen, a South Carolina psychologist and PhD, for president and Spike Cohen, an unemployed Massachusetts Libertarian for VP. Cohen has manageable health problems but ran his LP campaign as a elaborate joke/stunt.

    b. I suggested that Mr. Cohen be asked to resign (or booted) to open up the VP slot for Kanye West. The LP is having a second in-person convention in Orlando FL next weekend for leadership/platform elections. This event could ratify any VP substitutions.

    c. While Mr. West isn't exactly a conventional Libertarian (big L or small) he does express some generic libertarian sentiments. In some areas pretty good.

    d. The LP has nominated recently former Republicans Cong. Bob Barr, former NM gov. Gary Johnson and former MA governor Bill Weld. Barr and Weld were LP VP candidates. Both of them at the last minute urged voters to vote for the GOP ticket. Ugh. So nominating Kanye West wouldn't be the most unconventional move the Party has ever made.

    e. Obviously Mr. Cohen would have to be replaced in a positive manner. Mr. West would have to come to some formal agreement about how much he will deviate from the LP platform, etc. Both he and the LP would have to "agree to disagree" in places and work in a united, positive manner. Mr. West would run and finance his own effort, which is the norm for LP candidates. FEC rules followed, etc.

    f. This would greatly amplify the LP vote and support, helping to maintain its ballot access in the future. Might even tip some close states. Of course the Dems would go crazy over this.

    g. The only drawback is twofold: one, the LP has weak, unimaginative leadership which often prefers failure and obscurity to political success. They would have to recognize this historic opportunity and navigate the shoals. Mr. West likewise would have to abide by this marriage of convenience and agree to some ideological accommodation. Since both parties here have a history of acting half crazy, this won't be easy. However the LP has 50 state ballot access and without it West will appear in few if any states on the ballot. Also he'd need a running mate and some kind of organization for financial reporting, campaigning, etc. The LP has that already.

    h. The good news is that at this stage candidates can be substituted legally since state laws have to accommodate candidates dropping out for reasons of death, disability, etc.

    i. This is doable in theory. The LP would have the most "diverse" ticket ever, a white female professional (who teaches at the university level) and a world famous black performer who is openly culturally Christian and outspoken.

    This would also likely ensure a Trump re-election, though nothing is certain about that.

    Replies: @JackOH, @Clifford Brown

    Muggles, thanks. I’m a longtime LP voter. Would you give us an update on recruiting Kanye if there’s some potential?

    I’d be willing to overlook some of Kanye’s unsavory lifestyle if he can find it within himself to adopt some libertarian rhetoric, which may quietly appeal to some Blacks who are indeed working as off-the-books entrepreneurs: mechanics, construction, etc.

    Plus, I’m taking a wild guess he’s somewhat hostile to BLM-style SJWism and may offer Blacks an alternative to the nonsense we’ve been seeing on TV.

  71. @Anon
    OT: Guy who drove into 2 protestors is black. His name is Dawit Kelete. One of the protestors has now died. Frankly, the pictures of all three look awful. It was freak meeting freak. What's a weird looking black guy doing with a Jaguar anyway? He may have been Eritrean. Rich daddy?

    https://twitter.com/infolibnews/status/1279442043232751623?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw%7Ctwcamp%5Etweetembed%7Ctwterm%5E1279444090564861954%7Ctwgr%5E&ref_url=https%3A%2F%2Fnewsone.com%2F3970690%2Fdawit-kelete-seattle-protest-hit-run-driver-identified%2F

    Replies: @CJ, @The Alarmist, @LittleNano, @The Wild Geese Howard

    What’s a weird looking black guy doing with a Jaguar anyway? He may have been Eritrean. Rich daddy?

    Weirder yet the driver claims to be a Washington State alum.

    I’ve been to Pullman.

    There really is nowhere left for us to move to.

  72. @Muggles
    @Chris Mallory

    As someone quite knowledgeable about 3rd party/independent ballot access, and with considerable knowledge about the Libertarian Party (though no longer active) I have suggested the following in some recent emails today to some libertarians:

    a. The LP in a virtual convention in May nominated Jo Jorgensen, a South Carolina psychologist and PhD, for president and Spike Cohen, an unemployed Massachusetts Libertarian for VP. Cohen has manageable health problems but ran his LP campaign as a elaborate joke/stunt.

    b. I suggested that Mr. Cohen be asked to resign (or booted) to open up the VP slot for Kanye West. The LP is having a second in-person convention in Orlando FL next weekend for leadership/platform elections. This event could ratify any VP substitutions.

    c. While Mr. West isn't exactly a conventional Libertarian (big L or small) he does express some generic libertarian sentiments. In some areas pretty good.

    d. The LP has nominated recently former Republicans Cong. Bob Barr, former NM gov. Gary Johnson and former MA governor Bill Weld. Barr and Weld were LP VP candidates. Both of them at the last minute urged voters to vote for the GOP ticket. Ugh. So nominating Kanye West wouldn't be the most unconventional move the Party has ever made.

    e. Obviously Mr. Cohen would have to be replaced in a positive manner. Mr. West would have to come to some formal agreement about how much he will deviate from the LP platform, etc. Both he and the LP would have to "agree to disagree" in places and work in a united, positive manner. Mr. West would run and finance his own effort, which is the norm for LP candidates. FEC rules followed, etc.

    f. This would greatly amplify the LP vote and support, helping to maintain its ballot access in the future. Might even tip some close states. Of course the Dems would go crazy over this.

    g. The only drawback is twofold: one, the LP has weak, unimaginative leadership which often prefers failure and obscurity to political success. They would have to recognize this historic opportunity and navigate the shoals. Mr. West likewise would have to abide by this marriage of convenience and agree to some ideological accommodation. Since both parties here have a history of acting half crazy, this won't be easy. However the LP has 50 state ballot access and without it West will appear in few if any states on the ballot. Also he'd need a running mate and some kind of organization for financial reporting, campaigning, etc. The LP has that already.

    h. The good news is that at this stage candidates can be substituted legally since state laws have to accommodate candidates dropping out for reasons of death, disability, etc.

    i. This is doable in theory. The LP would have the most "diverse" ticket ever, a white female professional (who teaches at the university level) and a world famous black performer who is openly culturally Christian and outspoken.

    This would also likely ensure a Trump re-election, though nothing is certain about that.

    Replies: @JackOH, @Clifford Brown

    What makes you think Kanye is a Libertarian? He strikes me as more of a Monarchist at heart.

    • Replies: @Muggles
    @Clifford Brown

    I don't claim he is a libertarian. Perhaps libertarian compatible.

    I have no knowledge of his specific beliefs, though from what I have read they are not well organized. Sort of Christian mystic, perhaps. I assume he believes in the democratic process and again I assume he would largely agree with the libertarian non aggression principle. Also I think he is a free market supporter (he's in a number of successful businesses) and probably for civil rights and civil liberties.

    Like many rich/prominent people who suddenly decide to "run for President" at a rather late hour, with zero knowledge of the difficulties of actually doing that, he may have monarchical tendencies as in "if only I were running things." Not actual hereditary monarchy.

    My main point was: Kanye wants to run for office (maybe, at last tweet) but won't be able to, in practice due to ballot access laws among other things. The Libertarians need a rich well known personality on their ticket if they are to make any progress in 2020. So should the impossible occur and both parties realize the potential mutual benefit, a ticket is possible. Win-win, for convenience.

    Neither would consider this a perfect match. Just maybe compatible enough to happen in the political sense. There are likely wide gaps in agreement on issues, but that's politics. Yes it is opportunistic but again, that's politics. Both would prefer to go in their own half-baked way without compromise, but that's not politics. Odds of this happening are close to zero.

  73. @Clifford Brown
    @Muggles

    What makes you think Kanye is a Libertarian? He strikes me as more of a Monarchist at heart.

    Replies: @Muggles

    I don’t claim he is a libertarian. Perhaps libertarian compatible.

    I have no knowledge of his specific beliefs, though from what I have read they are not well organized. Sort of Christian mystic, perhaps. I assume he believes in the democratic process and again I assume he would largely agree with the libertarian non aggression principle. Also I think he is a free market supporter (he’s in a number of successful businesses) and probably for civil rights and civil liberties.

    Like many rich/prominent people who suddenly decide to “run for President” at a rather late hour, with zero knowledge of the difficulties of actually doing that, he may have monarchical tendencies as in “if only I were running things.” Not actual hereditary monarchy.

    My main point was: Kanye wants to run for office (maybe, at last tweet) but won’t be able to, in practice due to ballot access laws among other things. The Libertarians need a rich well known personality on their ticket if they are to make any progress in 2020. So should the impossible occur and both parties realize the potential mutual benefit, a ticket is possible. Win-win, for convenience.

    Neither would consider this a perfect match. Just maybe compatible enough to happen in the political sense. There are likely wide gaps in agreement on issues, but that’s politics. Yes it is opportunistic but again, that’s politics. Both would prefer to go in their own half-baked way without compromise, but that’s not politics. Odds of this happening are close to zero.

  74. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @Chris Mallory
    @ben tillman

    The way it supposedly works is the electors vote for the person that wins the popular vote. But they don't have to. Some states do have faithless elector laws.

    Personally, since 1992, after casting my first presidential vote in 88 for Pappy Bush, I have written in Willie Nelson except for voting for Pat Buchanan in the 1996 primary and for Trump in the 2016 general election. It is a protest vote on my part. Haven't yet decided what to do this year.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @EdwardM

    Personally, since 1992, after casting my first presidential vote in 88 for Pappy Bush, I have written in Willie Nelson except for voting for Pat Buchanan in the 1996 primary and for Trump in the 2016 general election.

    Willie Nelson is a cuck. I don’t know if he always has been that way, but he is now.

    You would do better to vote for ben tillman or Steve Sailer.

  75. Anonymous[239] • Disclaimer says:
    @ADL Pyramid of Hate
    If Kanye did run, and people actually voted for him, Black people would not make up a disproportionate number of those votes. Over the last decade, they have cooled on him, and increasingly find his eccentric behavior too "white" and insufficiently "Black." The Trump endorsement just confirmed that-- he is an Uncle Tom now, full stop, no matter how much money he gives to George Floyd's daughter's college fund or how convincingly he raps about the 13th Amendment and "prison slavery."

    His voters would be snickering young people of any race who are not particularly invested in the antiwhite movement (those will all vote for Biden), or maybe some "blackpilled" rightists who find Trump lacking. But the collective bloc of Black people are certainly not attached to Kanye in any way; they are more repulsed by him.

    Replies: @Anonymous

    The Trump endorsement just confirmed that

    What Trump endorsement?

  76. Anonymous[369] • Disclaimer says:

    Forget Kanye. If Eminem runs, the Republican Party is toast. Considering that his moment at this year’s Oscar was *the* most talked about moment at the Oscars and that he still is, even today, the #1 rapper in sales(white privilege is real) and generally considered the most skillfull MC aliveO(with Nas a distant second), he could actually win.

    Kanye is the lesser of two evils. If the white boy decides to run, it’s over. Especially considering that no politician would challenge him, as he is notorious for verbally humiliating his opponents. All Eminem has to do is drop a diss track, and the politicain’s career is over. Even self-assured megalomaniac Trumps is afraid of Eminem. Eminem called him a bitch and coward at his BET cypher and Trump said nothing in response. Like 50 Cent likes to say:”Beefing with Em is career suicide. No one messes with the white boy.”

    If thois guys enters the race, it is over for conservative Republicans:

    • LOL: Chrisnonymous
  77. @NJ Transit Commuter
    @flyingtiger

    To run as an independent you need to submit signatures in each state by lots of voters. I looked it up. Most states are mid-August, but there are lots (New York, Michigan, Florida) where the deadline has passed or is within the next week or two.

    Replies: @Reg Cæsar, @Colin Wright, @Nicholas Stix, @Pericles, @Brás Cubas

    Deadlines are racist.

  78. Anonymous[186] • Disclaimer says:

    Karen knows what’s up…

    https://go.shr.lc/31P7QEq

  79. @Harry Baldwin
    @Buffalo Joe

    I wonder when Bernie says “Fuck this” and tries to get back in the hunt.

    When the DNC tells Bernie to roll over, he rolls over. There's undoubtedly a financial settlement involved as well.

    Replies: @dvorak, @Gordo, @tyrone, @Buffalo Joe

    Harry, I wonder about a financial settlement, like pay his campaign debts? Bernie has money, hell a gal could win a mega lottery prize and have more money than any of the dem candidates, but she would not have a shot at POTUS. Bernie wants that.

  80. https://www.foxnews.com/politics/kanye-west-tweets-deletes-that-hes-considering-postponing-presidential-run-to-2024-yall-want-me-to-run

    Kanye West posted — and subsequently deleted — a number of tweets early Wednesday morning, including a suggestion that he may hold off on running for president until the 2024 election.

    West, who announced on July 4 that he was running in this year’s election, asked Twitter followers what they thought about him continuing his campaign or waiting four more years.

    ““#2020VISION or maybe ‘24 I guess all black people supposed to vote on Biden? Y’all want me to run on nah???” West said in a deleted tweet, according to Billboard.

    West deleted several tweets that he posted overnight, with the most recent one currently still up simply saying, “Says the future president.”

  81. @Chris Mallory
    @ben tillman

    The way it supposedly works is the electors vote for the person that wins the popular vote. But they don't have to. Some states do have faithless elector laws.

    Personally, since 1992, after casting my first presidential vote in 88 for Pappy Bush, I have written in Willie Nelson except for voting for Pat Buchanan in the 1996 primary and for Trump in the 2016 general election. It is a protest vote on my part. Haven't yet decided what to do this year.

    Replies: @Anonymous, @EdwardM

    But each candidate whose name is on the ballot has his electors designated. (Essentially, you’re voting for the electors.) So if a write-in hypothetically won a plurality, who would the electors be?

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