No matter your opinion of Justin Amash’s politics, we should get enough support to place a third-party Presidential candidate on the debate stage with Donald Trump or Joe Biden. From a conservative standpoint, a candidate who can articulate conservative ideas against what tends to be over-simplistic political pandering talking points by major party candidates will be a breath of fresh air. Justin Amash can provide that voice.
Now, barring some major unforeseen circumstance, either Joe Biden or Donald Trump will win the Presidential race. Amash, at best, may cost one or the other candidate a state or two. My personal purpose in promoting Amash is to push President Trump to defend his policy positions against a proven small-government anti-state conservative. It even has a small chance of getting President Trump to take some small-government policy actions before the election in November.
What Amash can do as well is start laying the groundwork for a good small-government Republican to run for President in 2024. President Trump’s 2016 victory has gotten Republicans out of the “it’s his turn” losing pattern we had with John McCain and Mitt Romney, and may allow us to get a non-establishment Republican to the nomination. We need someone who can push the Republican party away from its modern statist positions (which both Trump and establishment Republicans hold to one degree or another). Otherwise we will wind up with Donald Trump Jr., or another establishment Republican, as the candidate. Those of us who are stuck in that punditry no-man’s land between #nevertrump and #maga need someone to root for at least. For now, Justin Amash is our guy.