The Manifest Normal Mandate Is The Best Description Of A Political Candidate

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Guerroro argues that the manifest normal mandate is the best description of a political candidate’s support, wherein the manifest normal mandate (MNM) refers to the amount of support expressed for a candidate through the electoral system in a certain area (Guerroro, p.298-299). While Brennan’s “lesser of two evils” paradigm addresses the fact that voters must sometimes vote for a candidate they don’t wholly support, I think that Guerroro misses another important case: the fact that even if a voter supports two candidates for a position, they cannot vote for both of them in a system in which voters only get one vote (Brennan, 2009, p. 537). This paradigm, which I will refer to as the “greater of two goods”, could cause a candidate’s MNM to be much lower than the candidate’s actual normative mandate, i.e. the “degree of support that [the candidate] has from those individuals living in the jurisdiction over which [they] do or might govern” (Guerroro, 2010, p. 275).
For example, imagine that Candidate X and Candidate Y are both running for president. Perhaps Candidate X is a staunch supporter of climate change reform whereas Candidate Y is a stanch supporter of LGBT rights. If you feel passionately about both climate change and LGBT rights, it is possible that you may support both candidates. However, under the current electoral system in America, there is no way for you to actively support both candidates at the polls. This has implications at a societal level in that if many…

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