Being a 3rd party candidate in the Presidential election is a lot like walking into your first job and demanding to be made CEO. Nobody knows who you are, who you’ve worked with, and since you don’t have a team of your own, how you’ll get things done. It’s the top job, nothing higher, and is supported by a nationwide network of governors, representatives at every level, voters and organizers. And yet, every 4 years somebody wants to jump to the head of the line without ever making sure they have the rest of the team in place first.
Voting for a 3rd party presidential candidate is like rooting for your guy to make employee of the year, except they don’t work at your company and nobody knows who they are. They’ll never get the award but it’s a sure thing that somebody you weren’t going for, will.
I support 3rd party candidates, but swinging for the fences when everybody else is playing football is probably not a viable strategy.