Forget the Year of the Conservative Woman; 2010 is shaping up to be the Year of the Obscure Candidate’s YouTube Hit. If you haven’t watched Jimmy McMillan’s New York gubernatorial debate performance yet, you really should.
Now, a couple of questions of local relevance: Given that it’s extremely hard for even well-established third parties to get full ballot access in Georgia, would we be better or worse off if, as in New York, there were as many as 10 candidates for governor on the ballot?
And, in a related manner, what if we didn’t have the 50-percent-plus-one vote requirement? Anyone who won a plurality of the vote would be declared the winner without a runoff — e.g., Karen Handel would be the GOP nominee for governor today.