Editorial: Greens look at the presidency; no easy answersGreens and Green-minded people all over the country are addressing questions surrounding a Green party run for the presidency.
by Laura Wells
A factor making the subject controversial is Ralph Naders effect on the 2000 election. Although political academics are clear that several factors other than Naders campaign were responsible for George W. Bushs occupancy of the White House, the public is not so sure. Democratic Party leaders orphaned millions of voters years ago when they shifted the party of the people toward centralized wealth and away from human services and environmental protection. These same leaders are now stepping up their efforts to keep the Nader misperception in the public mind.
In panels, debates and reflective dialogues, many questions are arising. The following, as reported by Mike Feinstein, were put forth at the Green Officeholders Conference in February.
If we cannot win the White House in 2004, how would a presidential campaign build the Green Party? Is the goal to exceed the national five percent threshold to qualify for public funds in 2008? Should Greens run at all knowing the party may risk being perceived as deliberate spoilers? If the goal is to remove Bush, should Greens run a nationally recognized individual like Nader, or a talented but relatively unknown candidate? Is there a progressive Democrat worth supporting? What bargaining chips would Greens want from Democrats, and what scenarios would induce an exit-the-race strategy? What happens if a candidate like Senator Joseph Lieberman wins the nomination?
This is an invitation to everyonewith particular encouragement to the under-represented groups listed in the call for candidatesjoin the dialogues, and to write to us.
Lets reclaimand updateour democracy.
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