No, We Didn’t

The Green Party didn’t even crack one half of 1 percent.  But they did better than the last two cycles.  Does that matter?  I don’t know.  I’ll partly agree with reader and frequent conversant Mr. Salk: the best way forward for minor parties is grassroots. But they also need, and in my opinion, deserve, national attention.  Anyone on the ballot in most or all states should be part of the major debates, period.  I don’t think I’ll ever change my mind on that.

Here’s what else didn’t happen:  the Green Party didn’t hurt Obama.  Billions of dollars spent on the federal race by the major parties.  Dems retain Senate, GOP retains House, Obama retains White House.

That’s not to say the next Obama administration won’t be a welcome departure from the first.  I hope and pray it will.

Now that Mitt Romney’s 5-year tour of political cynicism has ended, I hope the President’s 4-year tour of political expediency has, too.

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7 comments

  1. Scott Korin (@scottkorin) · November 8, 2012

    I won’t deny not feeling bad for not writing in Rocky Anderson (or voting for Jill Stein). Your post on voting Third Party was very convincing. But I still believe in Obama, and I know I did NOT want Romney as president. I was not willing to make a statement by voting 3rd party and have someone be president with no idea of who the real man was.

    I am conflicted, though. The only way my conscience would be clear was if I voted 3rd party and Obama still won. I was not willing to take that risk. Not this time.

    But I’m willing to do it in 2016.

    As for corporate party. If Pennsylvania had an open primary like so other states do, I’d wouldn’t even have a corporate party. That is something we could try working on.

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  2. Raquel P. · November 8, 2012

    Your post on voting third party is what finally convinced me to vote third party, a decision I’d been waffling on, and for that I continue to thank you. I knew a third-party candidate could not win, but I’m glad I voted for one anyway. And I am pleased with how the election turned out, although I agree: Mr. Obama can and should do better this term.

    I’m with you: third parties deserve national attention and recognition. Our country deserves better than just choosing between red or blue. I’m hoping real change can be made in the next four years, both by our elected leaders and in the way we learn about and vote for said leaders. Corporate money has no place in politics and everyone’s polling place and ballot should streamline the voting process and guarantee accuracy, not obstruct and confuse. I look forward to learning how I can be part of that process and thank you for your continued thoughtful posts on our grand experiment.

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  3. Mr. Salk · November 8, 2012

    Be aware that every Conservative Dollar can be spent on Red, Anti-Blue or Green for the win.
    Gamblers and Mathematicians warn against taking sucker bets.

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    • Christopher Cocca · November 8, 2012

      Unless the Red fundamentally changes, I don’t see them succeeding very much going forward. We need strong parties from across the spectrum. Right, we have two rich parties representing corporate interests. A grand experiment vs. a grand bargain…I’ll take the experiment.

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      • Mr. Salk · November 8, 2012

        Actually, the Reds won’t have to change at all if they can splinter the opposition.
        Shhh…don’t tell them.

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  4. Phineas · December 9, 2012

    I think the Green Party needs to start by fielding a candidate at the state level, before they can ever expect to win at the national level. Once you have a credible candidate, then they can have a big enough impact to at least get past the federal funding threshold. Any attempt to fun nationally should also be coupled with a coordinated effort to win seats in Congress. If there are “safe” liberal seats, than it might be good to have a Green v. Dem race. Same could be said for safe conservative seats with a Libertarian v. Republican race. Every voter deserves at least 2 choices, There shouldn’t really be House elections where the incumbent is unopposed. You build up a bench of 3rd party elected representatives and you have solid candidates for state level offices and you have leverage to hold the major parties accountable. It’s what happens in –oh I don’t know– every major democracy in the world. There was a time when the democracy meant that it wasn’t single-party rule, but that time has come and gone. Multiple parties, more than two, are essential for healthy democracies. Coalitions and Compromise are good things.

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