I really and truly hope that Jesse Ventura decides to run for president this year (2020) because he has the name recognition that other Green Party candidates do not have. I believe that Ventura has the name recognition to potentially steal a minimum of 5% of the vote from both the Democrats and the Republicans. Now that Bernie Sanders is no longer an option, the goal for progressives needs to be to break the back of the political landscape, the two party system that has long dominated politics in the United States.
If Jesse Ventura decides to run and can manage to steal just 5% of the vote, that would mean the end to the two party nightmare that we have now. It will open up all kinds of new opportunities for people to run for office at all levels of government. Progressives that would normally be kept out of the democratic process would now have a voice that was once previously silenced. A strong third party would mount a credible and existential threat to both liberals and conservatives alike.
Say the former governor does manage to garner 5% of the vote. One can bet even money that the Democrats and the Republicans are going to fight tooth and nail to have those results nullified due to the existential threat that the Green Party poses. I almost think that Governor Ventura will need 10-15% of the vote or something as decisive along those lines. The Green Party needs a win like this to make it harder to challenge. But you can bet your sweet bippy that it will be challenged. The elites don’t like being dethroned and the best option for systemic change lies with the Green Party.