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July 08, 2002

More Green Party Insanity

Having decided to run a candidate against Paul Wellstone, the most liberal Senator, the Green Party in Texas has added to the insanity by running a Senate candidate against Democrat Ron Kirk, who could be the first black Senator elected from the Old Confederacy since Reconstruction. Kirk is far less liberal than Wellstone, but for the Green Party to play spoiler in this race betrays a racial insensitivity of monumental proportions. As in Minnesota, the overwhelming white Green Party (see profiles in this sympathetic article) nominated a token person of color as part of their spoiler strategy.

I've voted Green in the past and was even appointed to a city commission by a Green Party city council member back in Berkeley. But the Greens have completely detached themselves from any responsibility to the progressive movement generally. I once advocated progressive Democrats working with the Greens as closely as possible, but such cooperation has been rejected by the Greens. They have declared war on progressive Dems and should only expect the same in return.

Posted by Nathan at July 8, 2002 08:47 PM

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Golly, who'd a thunk it?

Posted by: jdw at July 9, 2002 08:58 AM

Checking the FEC web page, the Greens got 137,000 votes (2.15%) in the 2000 Presidential election, and 91,000 votes (1.46%) in the Senate race between Kay Bailey Hutchison and a no-name Democrat.

The Greens have a thankfully low profile around here. Hopefully their votes won't make a difference in this election.

Posted by: Charles Kuffner at July 10, 2002 11:21 AM

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