Saturday, June 26, 2004

Green Party Convention is Underway

The Green Party convention is underway in Milwaukee, WI and, again, a third party gets a national convention that is infinitely more fun than the Dems or the GOP get (see my post on the Libertarian convention for another example).

David Cobb is currently the frontrunner with around 240 committed delegates out of the needed 400 for the nomination. Nader and his running mate, Peter Camejo, currently have around 180. Yet, Nader said he won't take the nomination. He wants delegates to vote "no candidate" so that each state party has the ability to endorse whomever they want, in this case Nader. What this could possibly accomplish for the Green Party, I have no idea. According to Chris over at MyDD, the latest vote count is:

No Nominee 267.5
David Cobb 240.5
Uncommitted 173.5
Others 64.5

With "No Nominee" actually representing Nader/Camejo.

What it comes down to is this, the Greens are fundamentalists. Fundamentalists inherently only care about being right. To the Greens who consider endorsing Nader, they need to understand that they will never be an acceptable 3rd party if they ruin this election. If their ideological purity is more important than reality, they will never appeal to the average citizen; who tend to consider themselves pragmatists.


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