Shady Politics, keep out! Farmer Public put up a scarecrow in 1928 to keep trouble out of his presidential politics, but those old crows showed up anyway. As best I can read, the crows are named "Dark Horse Politics" on the right arm, "Machine Politics" on the left, a "Politician" on top of the 'campaign scandals', and "Caucus", "Hotel Room Nomination", "Convention Deadlock Politics", and "Favorite Son Politics" digging around in the dirt.
Let's meet these crows:
- "Favorite Son Politics" are to promote a candidate for president who is unlikely to ever get the nomination, but gets a special interest a lot of free publicity for their goals. It mostly applies to states or regions trying to get a foothold on a national level, but by introducing more noise to the signal, favorite son politics can drown out the viable candidates.
- A "Hotel Room Nomination" is when a candidate is backed by a silent minority, meeting behind closed doors, but throwing their power behind getting their favorite nominee into power. A corruption of the democratic process, it makes it difficult to determine who has the backing of the people, and who has the backing of powerful friends.
- "Dark Horse Politics" introduce a viable third party, which siphons voters away from the mainstream two parties; or, it can represent a schism with a more radial mainline party, which challenges the devotion of the party members to the candidate who fulfills the voter's ideology.
- "Machine Politics" is politics for politics' sake, the rank-and-file organization of a political party that moves along entirely under its own power. For the ideologically pure, this sounds like a good thing, but moving opposite the political machine can get original, creative, and progressive ideas crushed under the treads.
- When you end up with a "Convention Deadlock", your party has problems: you're losing ground in getting into the two-party election promotion, and you've got a pretty clear proof that none of your candidates is particularly preferred over each other. Political self-interest can cause such deadlocks, too, when you've got two candidates on opposite sides of issues within the same party.
- "Campaign Scandals", well, those never work out well for the party or the candidates.