RFK Jr. Shakes Up Presidential Race as Independent Candidate

Mia Nightshade

Updated Saturday, January 27, 2024 at 12:21 PM CDT

RFK Jr. Shakes Up Presidential Race as Independent Candidate

In a political twist that has caught the attention of voters and analysts alike, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has qualified as an independent candidate for the general election in both New Hampshire and Utah. This development has sparked concerns within Democratic circles regarding the potential impact on the upcoming presidential race, especially as President Joe Biden prepares for a potential rematch with former President Donald Trump.

Kennedy, who was ineligible for the New Hampshire Democratic primary due to his independent status, has established the "We The People" party to meet ballot signature requirements and the "Texas Independent Party" for ballot access in Texas. His campaign is currently underway in over a dozen states, including strategically important swing states such as Arizona, Nevada, and Georgia.

Criticism from within the Democratic Party has been swift, with Michael Starr Hopkins, a Democratic operative, lambasting Kennedy's campaign for being detrimental to both the Kennedy family legacy and the voters themselves. Nevertheless, Kennedy's supporters, including activists like Eric Jackman, are energized by his success in New Hampshire and believe he has the potential to become the first Independent president since George Washington, riding on the wave of dissatisfaction with mainstream political candidates.

The rise of independent candidates like Kennedy, as well as third-party groups such as No Labels, is considered a significant threat to traditional party candidates. While No Labels is well-funded and appealing to dissatisfied voters, RFK Jr.'s campaign does not currently match their level of funding for ballot access, according to Doug Gordon, co-CEO of UpShift Strategies. However, a candidate polling at 10-12 percent nationally could play a pivotal role in the election if they achieve ballot access in key states.

The Democratic strategy appears to prioritize efforts against Donald Trump, rather than focusing on lesser-known candidates like Kennedy. This approach is evident as Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris recently appeared at a rally in Manassas, Virginia, emphasizing abortion access—a key issue that has seen Democratic victories in the 2022 midterm elections in states such as Pennsylvania and Florida. Biden, blaming Trump for the overturning of Roe v. Wade, seeks to restore pre-Roe abortion limits, contingent on Democratic control of the White House, House, and Senate.

Amidst this tumultuous political landscape, Vice President Harris has embarked on the "Fight for Reproductive Freedoms" tour, delivering speeches in key states and linking the Dobbs decision to Trump's Supreme Court appointees. The Supreme Court's current review of a lower court ruling that could restrict access to mifepristone is another concern for women's health and miscarriage management.

Simultaneously, the super PAC supporting President Biden’s reelection, Unite the Country, is launching a television ad in South Carolina featuring Rep. Jim Clyburn. Clyburn's endorsement was instrumental in Biden's 2020 campaign success, and the new ad focuses on Biden's accomplishments, aiming to replicate the strategy that secured a crucial victory in South Carolina four years ago. With the state scheduled to hold the Democratic Party's first primary, all eyes are on Biden and Clyburn's influence over voters, particularly the Black electorate.

Despite broad support, there is frustration among Black voters in South Carolina over the pace at which Biden has fulfilled his campaign promises. Unite the Country aims to assuage these concerns with a statewide ad run before the primary on February 3, and plans to invest an additional $25 million after the primaries to bolster Biden's voter support.

As the political landscape continues to evolve with the emergence of independent candidates like RFK Jr., the impact on the presidential race remains to be seen, setting the stage for an election filled with uncertainties and unprecedented dynamics.

Conservative Bias:

Folks, what we're witnessing here is the classic case of liberal cannibalism. Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a man so disillusioned by the radical left's stranglehold on the Democratic Party, has decided to run as an independent. This isn't about giving voters more choices; it's about the Democrats' inability to keep their own house in order. Kennedy's rogue candidacy is a blatant attempt to siphon votes away from President Biden, playing right into the hands of the left's most extreme elements. It's a desperate and selfish move that could very well hand the election to conservatives on a silver platter, proving once again that the left is fractured, disorganized, and incapable of strong leadership. The Democrats should be focusing on real issues, like the economy and national security, but instead, they're too busy dealing with the fallout from their own internal divisions to mount a coherent strategy against the real threats to America. Kennedy's betrayal of his party and his family's legacy is a clear indicator that the liberal agenda is in complete disarray.

Liberal Bias:

In an absolutely stunning display of ego and recklessness, Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has thrown his hat into the presidential ring as an independent, blatantly disregarding the catastrophic consequences his vanity project could have on the Democratic Party and the country. This move is nothing short of a gift to the Republican Party, and particularly to the likes of Donald Trump, as it threatens to split the progressive vote and derail the critical progress made on issues like reproductive rights and healthcare. While President Biden and Vice President Harris tirelessly fight to protect the rights of Americans and uphold the values of justice and equality, Kennedy's ill-conceived campaign is a slap in the face to the Democratic electorate. It's a clear example of how privileged individuals, disconnected from the struggles of everyday Americans, can undermine years of hard-fought gains with their delusions of grandeur. Instead of uniting to combat the regressive and dangerous policies of the GOP, we're now forced to contend with a rogue actor who could very well be the spoiler in one of the most consequential elections of our time. Kennedy's actions are a stark reminder of how unchecked egos and personal ambitions can pose a grave threat to the very fabric of our democracy.

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