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[–] Mylon 3 points -1 points (+2|-3) ago 

If we had a serious moderate candidate and 100% voter turnout, the distribution would be 20% democrat, 60% moderate, 20% republican. But that would require building steam and not triggering the party-killer spoiler effect. First past the post voting sucks.

[–] CuriosityOnFire 2 points 6 points (+8|-2) ago  (edited ago)

All candidates are moderate. Moderates are too stupid to see it. Being as close as possible but on the bigger side of the vote relative to a candidate is how you win a two candidate race. If you are already right of your opponent, it makes no sense to be anymore right than u have to be, ul only turn off the letier voters and gain nothing because you already have all the right ones.

[–] Alwaysmakingprogress 1 points 5 points (+6|-1) ago 

Wrong. In the US there are three possible votes, R, D, and “didn’t bother.” In an election with a hard left socialist and a milquetoast RINO; small government pro-2A nationalists just won’t show up to pull the lever for a cronyist pussy globalist RINO.

[–] PewterKey 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

This would be true for a single bell curve. But politics is not a single issue continuous bell curve. It is more like a set of hills. Where each hill is a party and they can gain or lose land (votes/members) by changing their stances.

For the US two party system the effect is two sides each form a bell curve with an overlapping of moderates in the middle. But pushing towards the middle only works until a more extreme party starts to be closer to the peak. This can easily be seen in both the Green Party and the Tea Party disrupting American politics in recent years.

[–] weezkitty 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I wouldn't be so sure. People are hyper polarized and vote for "their" side just to stick it to the "other" side. Moderate candidates that aren't trying to steal your rights get shut out

[–] FuckingInsaneGoat 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

My dad in a nutshell. Votes names he knows/recognizes on the primary and a straight ticket come election day.

Still doesn't really believe that anyone on the right would purposely do wrong.

[–] Mylon 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

Moderates steal votes from each other. It's too easy to have 6 different moderate candidates that each get 10% of the vote, even though they're nearly identical, but lose out to the much more rigidly defined extremists on either end.

[–] Native 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

There is no such thing as a moderate candidate

[–] Mylon 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Not with our voting system. First past the post voting punishes them and the party they closely resemble via the spoiler effect.