These are my final thoughts on last night’s debate:
It was a complete and utter national embarrassment. On a scale from 1-10, with 1 being Lincoln Chafee’s 2015 poll numbers and 10 being how fucked we are in 2017, I’d give both candidates a rating of negative 5.
But on the bright side. Jill is a VERY healthy 66, and in 2020, she will only be 70, which is how old both Trump and Hillary now. And I don’t anticipate her having any “pneumonia fainting spells” like Hillary or constant sniffles during the debates like Trump.
Our campaign for 2020 starts NOW. The first order of business is to get her past the 5% (popular vote) threshold. That will secure her place on the ballot in all 50 states in 2020. It will also get her $10 million in public funding.
It is IMPERATIVE that we reach that 5% this November, because we can’t afford to waste time in court or signing petitions in 2020, trying to fight those battles.
And I just want to make sure everyone is on the same page about the 5% threshold. There seems to be a common misconception that Jill needs a RealClearPolitics polling average of 5% to secure funding and a spot on all 50 state ballots. Those polling averages only determined who entered the debates. (Which, as we all know, is utter horseshit.)
But the good news is this: Jill Stein needs 5% of the popular vote at the polling booths, not 5% polling averages.
Her national polling averages of 2 and 3% are mostly based on landline calls, which excludes her vast support from millennial voters. You’ve probably seen us around town with our noses pressed up against our iPhone screens. We don’t use landlines.
Also, the pollsters often use push-polling questions like, “If the election were held today, would you vote for Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump?”
Keep that in mind.
Jill’s debate video response from last night already received over 1.5 million views overnight. Drake and Rihanna should be so lucky. Dr. Stein’s viral live feed now has more shares and likes than the majority of Trump or Hillary’s most popular statuses.
Her social media presence is STRONG. It is 100% reasonable to believe that she will have 5% of the national vote this November. November’s presidential election is just one battle, but it is not the entire war. We also need to elect down-ballot candidates like Zephyr Teachout and Pramila Jayapal. We need to continue Jill’s 2020 campaign the morning after Election Day.
Throughout the following 4 years leading up until 2020, we need to be handing out pamphlets, knocking on doors, sharing information on Jill Stein to anyone and everyone, and turning her into a household name. That is OUR job, and if we are better prepared than our opponents, we CAN and WILL make history with the first ever 3rd party presidential victory in 2020.
Don’t get me wrong – I’m not saying it’s impossible for Jill to win this election. Of course, we should fight for that. What I am saying is that it’s an uphill battle. I don’t want to sit here and feed you fairytales unless I absolutely believe in it. As a born skeptic, I always tend to err on the side of caution. But cautious as I may be, I am telling you — and I want you to tell all your friends and family — that Jill absolutely can win the presidency in 2020.
Now, enough talking. Let’s go fight for Dr. Stein the way she fights for us.