If you are a liberal who does not like Hillary and wanted to vote for someone rather than against someone, by November of 2016 there was no good candidate to vote for.
I don’t mean that there was no viable candidate to vote for, I mean there was no good candidate to vote for. Assuming you didn’t like Hillary, by November of 2016 there was no candidate who it would have been a good idea to install in the White House as Leader of the Free World.
Bernie was no longer a Presidential candidate by that point. That only left one non-Hillary liberal candidate:
I’m not saying that Stein didn’t have a good platform. I am saying that Stein herself was not a good candidate for President. There are a number of things that might qualify someone to be President:
Significant leadership experience
Significant administrative experience
Significant elective officeholding experience
Significant appointed officeholding experience
Significant international experience
Significant expertise in government and politics
Significant judicial/legal experience
I could include significant military or business experience but these really fall under the category of significant leadership or administrative experience, so I consider them redundant for my purposes.
I’m not at all sure that some of what’s on my list would be adequate background for the Presidency, but they’d all at least help. I’m not sure my list is complete.
Which of them does Jill Stein have?
None of them. She’s never run anything big. Her only elective office was a minor office in a small city, so small that her total vote count when she won - not her margin, her total - was well under a thousand votes.
And she was trying to become the chief person responsible for the welfare of well over three hundred million people, along with running the most powerful military in the world and handling crises.
If a major party ran a candidate with her complete lack of qualifications, Green Party members and supporters would make a big deal out of exactly that.
Voting one’s conscience, a person in this position should not have voted for President at all because there was - assuming they did not want to vote for Hillary - no suitable candidate.
Voting for someone with that lack of qualifications constitutes voting for a lesser evil because that kind of lack of qualifications and experience absolutely constitutes an evil. It constitutes trying to put someone in the White House who clearly doesn’t belong there. A platform is simply not enough for a job like that. Too much is at stake. The Presidency doesn’t just require good issue stands, it requires a heavy level of competence. And if you think I’m kidding, ask yourself what you think of the White House’s current occupant. He isn’t qualified either, though he at least had managerial experience.
In other words, those who voted for Stein did what they accused those who voted for Hillary of doing: voting for someone unsuitable in order to keep someone more unsuitable out of the White House.
Same old Lesser Evilism. It just comes with a different flavor of self-righteousness.