You’re Beating Them, When…
Gatorman has some sound advice for John Boyles’ Engage Party, whether or not they listen to: Be like the Independent Party!
Call me crazy, but when people start telling you to mimick the other party, or play up appeals to the other party’s voters while downplaying appeals to your own party, then something fishy is in the water, and it might just be blood.
Gatorman even went as far to suggest that John use the same tactic that worked for Access – having the James Argento of 2006 announce Jamal’s candidacy for him. That is, Gatorman thinks John needs to get a high-profile, liberal (in the SG sense) independent to endorse him and be there for the announcement of the campaign.
However, the Access campaign worked precisely because it had virtually no ties to the System or the Greeks, but could appeal to everyone else. I don’t think John pretending to not be the System candidate will be able to avoid it. If anything, he should be pointing out how Jared isn’t exactly an old-school independent, but a long-running veteran of the System (except during SUN’s campaigns, iirc).
This campaign will have two parties nominating atypical candidates, but the System’s party can’t nominate an Independent, and campaign like an Independent, and expect an Access landslide. Likewise, the Independents’ party cannot nominate a Greek, campaign like a Greek, and expect a System-style victory. This election won’t work like that.
But hopefully unconventional appeals by both sides will stimulate turnout. Now let’s just hear them talk about issues other than online voting that actually yields a disagreement between the parties.