Yesterday, Kayne West announced that he was running for President in 2020.
A normal person would look at that news and remember that Kanye has a history of erratic and eccentric behavior. They would realize that it’s next to impossible to join a presidential election at the last minute. They would consider that it’s already legally impossible for Kanye to get on the ballot in several states. All of the parties that have 50-state ballot access have already selected their candidates. Even if some bankrupt, used-to-be-big party like the Reform Party nominated Kanye, that would still only get him on two states. If Kanye can’t get a party to nominate him, he’ll have to get people on the ground to sign petition to get him on the ballot in the remaining states. That’s not a small undertaking. It’s not something that anyone can do just off the top of their head.
Beyond the fact that it’s next to impossible for Kanye to become a serious candidate at this late date, there’s also the fact that Kayne already announced that he was going to run for President in 2015. Then, he forgot about it. Now, he’s doing it again. He’ll forget about it again. That’s what Kayne does.
Normal people would just shrug Kanye off but this is 2020 and there aren’t many normal people around. The amount of panic that I’ve seen online over Kanye running and potentially taking votes away from Biden is really something to behold. (This, despite the fact that Kanye is currently more popular with Trump’s voters than Biden’s.) People have so bought into the myth that Hillary would have won if just not for those pesky third parties that some of them are in full meltdown mood just because of Kanye acting like Kanye.
Kanye’s not going to run so it really doesn’t matter. Still, if your candidate is so weak that people would rather vote for Kanye West than for him, the problem isn’t with Kayne. It’s with your candidate.