I have adopted this approach as a way of attempting to build support for the alternatives to the major parties without “wasting my vote.” Lately I am feeling more and more that voting for candidates of either major party is a waste. I have been giving serious consideration to coming up with my own “pledge” by swearing off voting for any major party candidate.
It would be a lot easier for me to take that step if a progressive party had candidates on the ballot, or if the Libertarian party ran more candidates who seem better qualified. (Many Libertarian candidates make the Tea Kettle crew seem almost normal by comparison.)
I dream of a day when there is more than the occasional candidate on the ballot that I can vote for with some degree of satisfaction, or (dare I hope) passion and enthusiasm. I doubt that I will live to see that day, but damn it, a man can dream.