A few weeks ago, in late January, Andrew Yang received a surprising phone call from Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The question at hand: Would Yang, a former drive-by presidential candidate, himself, want to be considered as a contender to join the Kennedy ticket as V.P.?
It’s not hard to imagine the two on the same eccentric spoiler platform: Yang ran in 2020 as a self-styled technocrat, while Kennedy is a technophobic crank, but they share an outsider’s disdain for the Democratic establishment. Both men are now critics of the two-party system, with platforms and brands calibrated to the disaffected, politically disengaged center.